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Tony Smith

Tony Smith Artist and Garden Designer

  • Date Joined: 13 Mar 2009

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  • Enthusiastic Fernatix

    Tony Smith on 31 Mar 2010 at 09:59 PM

     Ferns are ferntastic (sorry) and I love them, always have. But they are not the easiest group of plants to get to know, not because they are difficult to grow or particularly temperamental in any way. They are for the most part fairly easy going and definitely not unreasonable in their demands.

    No, it's not they themselves that are difficult, but their often impenetrable names, that and the mind-boggling number of selected forms


  • To Prune or Not to Prune, Me and Mr Darling in the Same Bed

    Tony Smith on 25 Mar 2010 at 12:52 PM

     I, like many people around the country, spent yesterday afternoon listening to what may well be Alistair Darling's last budget. What strikes me as possibly the most interesting aspect of the budget is the way it mirrors what's happening in my garden, both in timing and content. To prune or not to prune, that is the dilemma, both for Mr Darling and my humble self. Furthermore, it seems we have both come to the same conclusion:

    Sometimes the wise thing to do is not to do anything at all


  • Specialist, Generalist

    Tony Smith on 18 Mar 2010 at 10:10 PM

    One of the joys of being a designer, and in particular designing show gardens, is that it always seems to lead you to something new and interesting.

    A designer needs to know a little about a lot of things, and then to be able to track down specialist assistance when his own knowledge runs out. 


  • A Week is a Long Time in Horticulture

    Tony Smith on 08 Mar 2010 at 08:53 PM

    Today I visited James and Roger at Burston Nurseries in St Albans. A week ago they had expressed concern that my Verbena Silver Anne wasn't going to make it in time for Chelsea.

    What a difference a week makes especially a week of sunshine. The problem has been the almost complete lack of sunshine over the last two months since my Verbena arrived at Burstons. As soon as the sun came out so the plants started into growth


  • Easigrass, Tricky Verbena

    Tony Smith on 02 Mar 2010 at 08:41 PM

    Work will resume on the Easigrass Urban Plantaholic's Kitchen Garden at the end of this week. We will be finishing the plywood frame and constructing the kitchen that will house our orchid collection at Chelsea. Lots of other elements will hopefully come together over the next two weeks.The seat needs to be upholstered, lighting and water works will be installed and we have to choose floor and wall coverings for the kitchen area. 

    Meanwhile, the bedding plants are causing some concern. After much detective work I purchased a good number of Verbena 'Silver Anne'. These small rooted cuttings I then delivered to my favourite grower, Burston Nurseries in St Albans. Having worked with them before I have every reason to trust Burstons with the task of growing and flowering my Verbena and Tulips on time. However, they tell me the Verbena are not progressing as well as expected and may not make it to Chelsea.