gluten free RHS Hampton Court flower show

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Today I visited the RHS Hampton Court flower show. Knowing it would be tough to eat gluten free I packed a picnic of cheese and tomato sandwiches made using sukrin bread mix, which I made yesterday. Crisps from Tyrrells (lightly sea salted) as they are yeast and gluten free and bottled water, which I was very glad of today!

I choose to drive to the show and followed the AA signs to the park and ride at Apps court farm. After a short bus journey I arrived across the river from the sight. The best way to get to the flower show entrance is to take a ferry. This can been seen easily from where you are dropped off. Parrs flower show ferry charged £2.50 per journey. A lovely experience on a hot day like today to take a boat ride on the Thames. You can also easily walk, probably about 15 mins. 

Once in, I advise buying a programme. I didn’t and wasted valuable time finding the gardens.

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Some of the Low cost High impact gardens were stunning.

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This was – Mid century modern

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A room with a view.

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I particularly liked this garden called Layers and links. One of the summer gardens, I think the seating area is very inviting.

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This garden was also lovely, called A cool garden. Perfect on a day like today,

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This garden called Four corners, looked very inviting today, love the rill ! 

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another view of this beautiful garden.

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and this is the well named  Hot stuff garden.

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Not so keen on this one, although in todays heat it looks very cool. Called Willow pattern.

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This is The Witches of Macbeth.

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Between the lines.

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I was very excited when I saw this marquee, love Vintage and roses.

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I absolutely loved these roses, very flouncy!

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Bill and Ben the flowerpot men.

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The QEF Garden of joy.

Lunch by the water under a shady tree. Perfect. Sandwiches survived really well. The Sukrin bread is not crumbly or dry in fact it is very moist and full of seeds, absolutely delicious. What better than a cold Pimms to go with a summer picnic. Not cheap but necessary today.

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The One show winners garden, not keen on the plastic looking toad stall, nice idea though.

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The Macmillan legacy garden.

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The crowds were incredible today, only ever been to the show before on Gala night, noticeably busier today.

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Gorgeous huge deck chairs, lovely wildflowers too.

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A conceptual garden, not for me! Falls the shadow

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The claw!?

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The Clints and Grykes garden, another conceptual garden.

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Spirits of the land.

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This garden is called Home spun, like the seating, just wish it was a little bigger, only room for

one person to sit.

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You cant beat a VW Van, especially surrounded by gerbera.

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After a lovely day and some fabulous weather,  I headed back home by ferry, bus and car.

 

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Our new Norfolk garden

Earlier this year Samantha Mckay a local Norfolk garden designer and her team headed up by Trevor, started work on our garden in Norfolk. 

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It really was a blank canvas!

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First a new patio area went done, followed by a base for the pavilion.

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We had asked Sam to design a country/coastal garden that was easy to maintain as we would not be at the house all the time. We wanted to include a boardwalk and some curves. We also needed to lose some of the lawn as we were spending most weekends cutting it in the summer.

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The Crown pavilion was then erected and the canvas covers were added.

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Next Sam planted all the beautiful flowers, trees and grasses. She gave us a book showing all our new plants with a guide to show us how to care for them.

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Already the plants are really starting to take shape, thanks to the recent rain and lovely sunny days.

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We look forward to spending long hot summer days admiring our new garden in Norfolk.

Many thanks to Samantha for designing such a lovely garden, and to Crown pavilions for our new outside room. We have already eaten many meals alfresco. A perfect place to entertain friends and family, or just curl up with a good book.