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Tom Hoblyn

Tom Hoblyn Garden Designer

Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Tom set up a successful garden design company in Suffolk. Last year he won his third consecutive RHS gold medal, this time at Chelsea Flower Show. Work takes him far and wide and he has just returned from India having begun work on a large landscape that forms part of the grounds for a Hindu temple.

  • Date Joined: 10 Mar 2009

Weekend before Chelsea build up

Posted by Tom Hoblyn on 03 May 2010 at 06:12 PM

This is the last weekend before I set off to Chelsea for the build up. It's time to get one's affairs in order: pay parking fine, net out the leeches in the natural swimming pool (they freak the children out) and shear the sheep. Even though it's still not summer, I thought it best to get them done now as it may get hot in my absence (even though Chelsea build up is notorious for bad weather). We have Shetland sheep as they are small and tough. Their primary purpose is for wildflower management with the added bonus of filling the freezer. The Shetland's fleece is quite easy to shear and we do them with hand clippers, however, the Shetland breed is very wild and they will wriggle terribly making the task arduous. They are all shorn now (it immediately started hailing) and they are shivering in the lee of the haha. I cannot move for stiffness; you try clamping a wild ewe between your legs whilst you clip away with hand shears, bent double for a whole day. Now, about those leeches....

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