Bluebell Cottage Gardens At RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Yesterday morning at the crack of dawn I dashed up the M6 motorway to Knustsford and the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. I’d been invited by Sue Beesley very late the night before. You may remember that Sue won the Gardener’s World Gardener of the year back in 2006 and subsequently set up Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery in Cheshire with her husband Dave.
My task along with Tracy, pictured here, and the rest of the team was to talk to visitors about the garden and nursery and its part in Cheshire’s Gardens Of Distinction, a collective of twenty gardens in the county that are open to the public, nine of which have created a carnival themed display at Tatton for which they’ve won the Best Show Feature award.
Sue’s area is based around the hardy perennials that make up much of the gardens at Bluebell Cottage and is really beautiful. There’s lots of gorgeous, vivid colour from both flowers and foliage, with plenty of space allowed for each plant to breathe, there are also different types of grasses laced through the border which give a softness, texture and movement to the planting. Especially pretty with yesterday’s light breeze.
The star of the show however I think has to be the Echinacea ‘Milk Shake’ so striking that it seemed to stop people in it’s tracks. I think we had more questions about this than just about every thing else combined. It’s a beauty and I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of it in gardens next Summer.