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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

Plant elections

Posted by Tom Hoblyn on 07 May 2010 at 05:41 PM

Yesterday was the last chance to visit all my plants before the final deadline. Early polls indicated that all three main plant group parties would be capable of winning on the big day. The first group, grasses, were expected to do much better after a slow start, owing to recent warm weather and a rise in popularity having featured in Garden’s Illustrated. However, they have performed rather disappointingly, especially, main grass: Anemanthele lessoniana, and I have recommended a substitute of Deschampsia cespitosa to take effect immediately. The main two contenders, woody plants and perennials both have performed well, with a possible slight drop in woody as the Lagerstroemia indica has still not come into leaf and I am starting to question its reliability. At this juncture, it would not be advisable to make drastic changes and so I have resorted to prayer. Perennials have performed better in some areas particularly Echium, Beschorneria and Iris all of which are spot on. But the big surprise has been in amongst the minority parties i.e. bulbs. I took a punt on some out of season plants, notoriously difficult to grow for the big day. But I am reliably informed that Camassia, Fritillaria and Tulipa have done well with an outside chance of Lilium squeezing in on the day. Altogether a very satisfying result.

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