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Cordyline Crazy

Posted by Tony Smith on 26 Mar 2009 at 04:19 PM

It seemed like a good idea at the time … a phrase I find myself using with increasing regularity since taking on the task of designing three show gardens for Quilted Velvet. Chelsea alone would be a challenge but to take on Hampton Court and Tatton Park is bordering on the insane.

That said, after exhibiting a small self-funded art installation at Chelsea last year and bearing in mind the state of the economy, it’s fantastic to have a sponsor at all - let alone for three shows and with the amount of artistic freedom Quilted Velvet have given me. I have every reason to thank my lucky stars and not moan on too much about all the hard work and stress that a show garden demands.

Oh yes, I almost forgot the title of this post. Cordyline Crazy refers to my quest for top quality specimens of Cordyline australis. Just so you don’t suffer an anxiety attack on my behalf, I have at last found enough really good specimens. Having designed The Quilted Velvet Garden for Chelsea with a Cordyline hedge (it seemed like a good idea at the time!) Europe has experienced a harsh winter so the only quality Cordylines are those kept under cover. I have bought them all so don’t bother looking!

No doubt more about Cordylines and other dubious plant selections later.

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