300 Years!

‘Capability’ Brown – a new bulb

Narcissus 'Capability Brown' credit: Ron Scamp

Narcissus ‘Capability Brown’
credit: Ron Scamp

Well today is the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s baptism in St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkharle, Northumberland and is also the date for officially marking this important tercentenary.  What better way than to unveil a new bulb named by the RHS as Narcissus ‘Capability Brown’.

It is particularly appropriate as Brown is known to have used a double jonquil, Narcissus ‘Telamonius Plenus Van Sion’ in his designs. The 300th Anniversary Festival’s director Ceryl Evans sums it up by saying: ‘Our hope is that many of Capability Brown attributed sites will be interested in planting this beautiful spring bulb, as a seasonal reminder every year of the remarkable Capability Brown Festival introducing Brown’s amazing legacy landscapes to a much wider audience’.

I heartily concur.



RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU, 5th – 10th July 2016


 Le Clos d'Hastings ©Stéphane Marie.

Le Clos d’Hastings
©Stéphane Marie.

 World Gardens are a major theme at this year’s show with six gardens reflecting their particular part of the globe and bringing a flavour of why these are popular travel destinations.

The Oregon Garden, The Charleston Garden and The Austin Garden bring these differing areas very much to life while Journey Latin America’s Inca Garden celebrates the Incas and evokes the excitement Hiram Bingham must have felt in 1911 on discovering the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.  Europe is celebrated in The Route of the Camellia Garden a route which took pilgrims through Galicia on their way to the shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela.  The last historic garden is the ‘Le Clos d’Hastings’ – 1066 Country Medieval Garden. 

Designed by Stephane Marie, this garden which marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings is a joint collaboration between the Parks and Gardens of Normandy and the District of Hastings.  It consists of two sections one recalling medieval meadows with barley, flax, marguerites and wildflowers while the other more densely planted section is a riot of plants from around the world which both the Normans and English enjoy today, united by their shared love of botany and gardening.

It won a Bronze!





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