Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden: Blog https://www.annatott.com/blog en-us (C) Anna Omiotek-Tott (Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT https://www.annatott.com/img/s/v-12/u519920343-o589924183-50.jpg Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden: Blog https://www.annatott.com/blog 80 120 Modern Sculpture in Turner’s House https://www.annatott.com/blog/2019/8/modern-sculpture-in-turner-s-house  

I have been lucky to photograph an amazing event recently, which took place at Turner's House.

In 1807 already renowned landscape painter JMW Turner, bought a large plot of land in Twickenham and himself designed Sandycombe Lodge to be built there. The house, intended to be a retreat from the London art world, was completed by 1813. It had a view of the Thames and he enjoyed the river for fishing and walks. His father, who also lived there, enjoyed looking after the large garden. Only a part of the garden remains now and the river view has been obstructed too. You could add, "but visitors to the house can see the view Turner would have had through an ingenious telescope!

 

Still, there is a new attraction to be seen there. Or two of them, to be precise. Two new sculptures, Moon Dial and Solus, by Turner’s House artist in residence Nicky Carvell were unveiled on Sunday 21st July, in a week celebrating the moon landing. 
Both works are the culmination of a six month residency, sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The pieces play with the notion of light passing through coloured surfaces in two translucent sculptures; one is installed in the house and the other is placed in the garden. They cast changing coloured patterns and shadows onto the ground much like a sun dial does. The acrylic curved panels have painted and vinyl elements added ias well as 'sun' and 'moon' at the pinnacle of both works made from metal. 
 

Unveiling of two sculptures was assisted by Turner’s House Trust Honorary Patron Catherine Parry-Wingfield and Eliza Bonham Carter, Head of Schools at the Royal Academy.

Nicky Carvell, the artist who wears clothes she has designed herself, works mostly in digital print with Photoshop as her conduit and aluminium as it's support. Turner’s House Trust were impressed by how Carvell’s own artistic practice had been inspired by J.M.W Turner's fascination with light and appreciation of nature. “I have focused on the house's original name 'Solus Lodge' which references the power of the sun ... as this chimes with my own fascination with light.” She explains, “My work investigates the colour spectrum, it is this aspect of his work which I have explored during the Turner’s House residency.I was very engaged by the way the outside light flows into and through the space, particularly in the beautiful lay light above the upper stairs. This filtering of light through glass provides a feeling of solace and inner warmth.” 

 

 

 

The sculptures reflect Turner's early designs of the house as a tower on a hill, his escape and sanctuary from the speed of London. The pieces also give a visual nod to the replicated boat models in the house and the outlines of ships which Turner painted such as 'Admiral Van Tromp's Barge'; “I love the curves in forms as these big ships confront the winds, holding strong in the storm. And as the Lodge is situated near the river, I wanted to keep this nautical theme and for this interaction with nature to be apparent in the works in an abstract manner”. The sculptures have been decorated with textures from both the house, garden and river (such as the Penny Line pointing between the brickwork and the Turquerie rugs) bringing the inside outside and vice versa. Semi-circular forms echo both the shape of the windows throughout the house and rainbows in his paintings such as 'Arundel Castle'. 

 


'Thus the moon barely wanes
Winding her way above the storm-tossed sea.
Stand upon this hill and behold endlessly
This scene of a formidable sea,
And it will seem to thee a waking dream...'


from J.M.W. Turner's Poem dedicated to Ivan Aivazovsky (1842)

 

Neglected and forgotten a few year ago, the beautiful house was brought back to life and show us how can we integrate past and present in an inspiring way.

Do check it out yourself - it really is worth a visit. The sculptures remain in the house till the Autumn.

 

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Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR i
https://turnershouse.org/
 

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Chelsea Flower Show 2018 https://www.annatott.com/blog/2019/2/chelsea-flower-show While waiting for a new Chelsea Flower Show, it is worth looking back at the amazing gardens shown last year.

My favourite  was a modern garden for a residential apartment with sunken seating area with pastel cushions edged with box hedge  in front of modern pavilion and  colour co-ordinated soft pastel naturalistic planting of yellow lupins and orange geums and a multi-stem tree: plants perfect for pollinators and reducing pollution. It was a beautiful example of blurring borders between interior and exterior.  The kitchen boasted modern appliances and as well as a vertical vegetable and herb farm powered by solar lighting. A garden for the future.

LG Eco-City Garden - Designer: Hay-Joung Hwang - Sposor: LG Electronics
 

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott- Sunken seating area edged with box hedge with pastel cushionS in front of modern pavillion, colour co-ordinated soft pastel planting and multi-stem tree - LG Eco-City Garden -RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Hay-Joung Hwang -Sposor : LG Electronics

 

Gold Medal-winning designer Kazuyuki Ishihara created yet another of his gem Japanese gardens evoking a feeling of calm and peace with water, rocks and shade loving planting of Japanese maples,  moss balls,  Iris 'Caesar's Brother', Pinus  and Enkianthus campanulatus.  Sheer perfection!

O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA -The Hospitality Garden- Designer: Kazuyuki Ishihara
Contractor: Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory Co Ltd.
Sponsor: G-Lion & Cat’s Co Ltd.

Anna Omiotek-Tott- Planting in shade with moss balls, Acers, Iris 'Caesar's Brother', Pinus and Enkianthus campanulatus - O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA -The Hospitality Garden- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Kazuyuki Ishihara - Sponsor: G-Lion - Best Artisan Garden, Gold
 

People's Choice 2018 was a traditional charming Yorkshire rustic stone cottage on the edge of a woodland, with meadow, a brook, limestone dry walling and romantic planting  flowering wisteria, Viburnum opulum with white flowers and Anthriscus sylvestris,  celebrating traditional crafts. Just picture perfect and so romantic!

Welcome to Yorkshire - Designer: Mark Gregory - Sponsor : Welcome to Yorkshire - Gold and People's Choice

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - Traditional stone-walled building limestone dry wall and planting of flowering wisteria, Viburnum opulum with white flowers and Anthriscus sylvestris ( cow parsley ) - Welcome to Yorkshire - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Mark Gregory - Sposor : Welcome to Yorkshire - Gold and People's Choice

 

Chris Beardshow finally got his Best Show Garden for 2018, too,  s he was somehow overlooked with not even a Gold medal the previous year. Some thought that he deserved Gold anyway and so did the pubic as but he got People's Vote. Both gardens had beautifully textured and elegant woodland planting in cool shades with Meconopsis 'Lingholm', Halesia carolina,  Euphorbia, Hosta ‘Halcyon’, Lamium orvala, Meconopsis 'Lingholm', Primula and  Valeriana pyrenaica. It also featured a stunning garden room and water feature.

The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Chris Beardshaw -Sposor: Morgan Stanley

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott- Woodland planting with Meconopsis 'Lingholm' , Halesia carolina - The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Chris Beardshaw -Sposor: Morgan Stanley

 

It's been a traditoin to 'cut and cut and transport' a piece of natural landscape from a far away place and we had two such garden in 2018.
One of them tried to and succeeded quite well in recreating a South African wine estate with native fynbos landscape featuring  eucospermum 'Soleil', Leonotis ocymifolia, Polygala myrtifolia and Kniphofia uvaria among a Mediterranean-type shrubland. 

The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate - Designer: Jonathan Snow - Sposor: Trailfinders Ltd

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - Planting of Leucospermum 'Soleil' , Leonotis ocymifolia , Polygala myrtifolia and Kniphofia uvaria - The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Jonathan Snow - Sposor: Trailfinders Ltd

 

Another native planting example was Gold medal winning M&G garden, with informal wild Mediterranean planting and hard-edged, textured clay and terracotta rammed earth walls. The planting was very soft and ephemeral with poppies, herbs, silvery sub-shrubs, blue Catanache caerulea, Cistus, Digitalis isabelliana and single flowered roses. Lovely light and breezy against earthy structures.

The M&G Garden - Designer: Sarah Price - Sposor: M&G Investments

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - Warm red aggregates, clay and terracotta; textured, rammed earth walls and stacked tiles and planting of poppies, herbs and silvery sub shrubs - The M&G Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Sarah Price. - Sposor: M&G Investments
 

The David Harber and Savills Garden offered planting inspiration with colourful perennials blended into rich variety of soft grasses  with caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyrus), vibrant pink Dianthus carthusianorumThalictrum, Dianthus cruentus, Euphorbia, Stipa tenuissima and Salvia 'Caradonna' 

The David Harber and Savills Garden -  RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Nic Howard - Sposor: David Harber Savills

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott- Planting with Dianthus cruentus, Euphorbia, Stipa tenuissima and Salvia 'Caradonna' - The David Harber and Savills Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Nic Howard - Sposor: David Harber
Savills

 

There as also an Islamic influence garden built for a refugee camp, combining past influence and simplicity of form and materials: rills in concrete with  metal pipes, and simple wooden top benches with modern finish and drought tolerant planting in gravel, Punica granatum - pomegranate trees with herbs, citrus, and edibles against brick wall. Another garden taking us to a faraway place and offering simple ideas for our own garden.
 

The Lemon Tree Trust Garden - Designer: Tom Massey - Sponsor: Lemon Tree Trust

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - Islamicinfluence garden with rills in concrete and wooden top benches with planting of pomegranate trees with herbs -The Lemon Tree Trust Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Tom Massey - Sponsor: Lemon Tree Trust
 

Soft planting with Iris 'Deep Black", Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum', Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' and lime-green spurge and spectacular purple Lupinus 'Masterpiece' against  the laser cut corten steel panels supplied by Stark and Greensmith -  truly inspirational contrast of form and colour.

Urban Flow Garden - Designer: Tony Woods - Sposor: Thames Water

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - Planting with Iris 'Deep Black", Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum',Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' and Lupinus 'Masterpiece - Urban Flow Garden -RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Tony Woods - Sposor: Thames Water

 

This artisan garden has the nicest green wall with bundance of grasses, ferns and heucheras on flowing into borders of foliage plants and more grasses. There are two distinct colour schemes, with autumnal copper shades on one side and silvery tones on the other.  I loved the steam-bent oak bench with copper fixings by Toby Winteringham and ceramic tile path by Sue Ridge in the Art and Crafts tradition. Modern and traditional in a  harmonious blend.

The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden 
Designer: Kati Crome - Contractor: Conway Landscapes - Sponsor: Embroidered Minds

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - Steam-bent oak bench with copper fixings and rusted steel legs by Toby Winteringham and ceramic tile path by Sue Ridge, surrounded by planting - The Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden -RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018- Designer: Kati Crome - Sposor: Embroidered Minds, Epilepsy Society and Young Epilepsy
 

These were my favourites - looking forward to May to see if the last years trends will continue- any more green walls with ornamental planting and edibles, drought-tolerant planting, juxtaposition of stark structures and ephemeral planting, colourful lupins and geum.. or something totally different and surprising?

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Chelsea Flower Show 2017 https://www.annatott.com/blog/2017/6/chelsea-flower-show-2017 Definitely different than other shows. The gardens were a bit smaller than usual. Or there was fewer big Show Gardens to awe.

The winner :

Garden created from  disused limestone quarry with flora from Malta. The M&G Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer: James Basson MSGD.

The naturalistic gardens, 'cutting' and transporting a piece of natural landscape seem to be very popular in recent years, collecting Gold medals and winning shows@ Dan Pearson's Chatsworth Garden in 2015 is a good example of the trend, to)

 

The People's Choice Garden, which has been given Silver Guilt, some thinking it deserved Gold:

The oak and limestone loggia surrounded by informal and formal planting with Campanula 'Telham Beauty', Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' and Pinus 'Nana' in  The Morgan Stanley Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer: Chris Beardshow - Sponsor: Morgan Stanley.

 I must say it was one of my favourites, too!

Anna Omiotek-Tott -The oak and limestone loggia surrounded by perennial sunny planting with Campanula 'Telham Beauty', Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' and Pinus 'Nana' in The Morgan Stanley Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer: Chris Beardshow - Sponsor: Morgan Stanley

Replacing the Big gardens, there was a new category: BBC2 Sponsored Feel Good Gardens, which did not compete for medals:

The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden. Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer: SSarah Raven

It was a real heaven for cut-flowers enthusiast, including a shed full of beautiful containers :)

For vegetable lovers and allotment growers ( I happen to belong to this category, too ) there was:

The Chris Evans Taste Garden. Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer:
Jon Wheatley.

Below, three different varieties of Kale including 'Cavolo Nero', green and red cabbage and broad beans, all in neat rows and organically grown. If only mine were so well-behaved !

And was I predicting more curves last year? Ina bit smaller package but a curved seating we have:

The Jo Whiley Scent Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer:
Tamara Bridge & Kate Savill

 

Last but not least, a garden with lost of practical ideas including insect-housing, butterfly feeders that can be used in an urban setting:

Greening Grey Britain Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer:
Professor Nigel Dunnett

Greening Grey Britain Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer:
Professor Nigel Dunnett

Greening Grey Britain Garden - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Designer:
Professor Nigel Dunnett

Many more gardens worth mentioning so I will be coming back to the subject, soon. Enjoy the remaining RHS flower shows this year: Hampton Court is coming next on 4th July !

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Remembering 2016 one and Anticipating 2017 one https://www.annatott.com/blog/2017/5/remembering-chelsea-flower-show-2016 It is only a few days to a brand new Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and so I would am sending a few photos of my favourite gardens from last year's show. Are we going to see even more exiting ones this year? The designers keep delivering amazing project every year and they have been doing it for over 100 years. The oldest and most renown flowers show in the worlds will surely surprise and amaze us again!

There will be a fewer big show gardens this year due to sponsorship problems but some designers are back, including Chris Beardshaw and James Basson. There will also be plenty of smaller gardens. Jo Whiley’s will have some  curved seating...

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden. The RHS Chelsea FlowerThe Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden. The RHS Chelsea FlowerPhotographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott -The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 - Designer: Nick Bailey - Sponsor: Winton

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 - Designer: Nick Bailey - Sponsor: Winton

 

There also will be an elegant slightly forma garden ‘500 Years of Covent Garden’ by Lee Bestall, the project of which slightly reminds me of the garden below:

Planting in Husqvarna Garden, including Buxus sempervirens hedge, Eremurus robusatus, Leucadendron 'Burgundy Sunset', Lysimachia atropurpurea and Allium 'Purple Sensation'. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 - Designer: Charlie Albone - Sponsor: Husqvarna - - SILVER GILT Planting in Husqvarna Garden, including Buxus sempervirens hedge, Eremurus robusatus, Leucadendron 'Burgundy Sunset', Lysimachia atropurpurea and Allium 'Purple Sensation'. Designer: Nick Bailey - Sponsor: Winton

 

 

Sara Raven's garden: The Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden will bring us lost of colourful blooms! Last year we could enjoy the lay of light and colour in this garden:

The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk at the RHS ChelsThe Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk at the RHS ChelsPhotographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk . The RHS Chelsea Fower Show 2016 - Designer: Rosy Hardy - Sponsor: Brewin Dolphin The Brewin Dolphin Garden – Forever Freefolk - Designer: Rosy Hardy - Sponsor: Brewin Dolphin

 

We will see woodland planting in The Morgan Stanley Garden by Chris Beardshow and as usual, the garden will be saved and donated to Groundwork. Beautiful woodland planting from last year's garden by Paul Martin:

Garden of Mindful Living, a contemporary garden with limestone rill, limestone and corten steel walls, nulti-stemmed trees and shade borders with Blechnum tabulare, Rodgersia 'Irish Bronze', Hosta 'Devon Green', Matteuccia struthiopteris, Dryopteris erythrosor and Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian White'. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 - Designer: Pau Martin - Sponsor: Vestra Wealth LLP - GOLD Garden of Mindful Living, a contemporary garden with limestone rill, limestone and corten steel walls, nulti-stemmed trees and shade borders with Blechnum tabulare, Rodgersia 'Irish Bronze', Hosta 'Devon

 

The Royal Bank of Canada is also building a garden this year, showing us some Canadian boreal forest and lakes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the 10th year of the RBC Blue Water Project™. And this what it was last year:

Basalt rock features, Anchusa azurea, Asphodeline lutea, Hordeum jubatum, Papaver rhoeas and Pinus halpensis in The Royal Bank of Canada Garden, inspired by the Mediterranean pine habitat of Jordan. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Designer: Hugo Bugg - Sponsor: The Royal Bank of Canada- SILVER GILT

Basalt rock features, Anchusa azurea, Asphodeline lutea, Hordeum jubatum, Papaver rhoeas and Pinus halpensis in The Royal Bank of Canada Garden, inspired by the Mediterranean pine habitat of Jordan.

 

There is also the question of which garden is going to be The Best in Show this year.. Last year's winner:

Photographer: Anna Omiotek-Tott - The Telegraph Garden. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – Design: Andy Sturgeon – GOLD – Best in Show The Telegraph Garden. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – Design: Andy Sturgeon

 

 

The full package of my RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 is available on GAP Photos.

 

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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) Flower Shows RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens planting plants summer https://www.annatott.com/blog/2017/5/remembering-chelsea-flower-show-2016 Fri, 19 May 2017 15:06:30 GMT
November, the Month of Rememberance https://www.annatott.com/blog/2016/11/november-the-month-of-rememberance A recent visit to Highgate Cemetary  ( East Part) in  London.

http://highgatecemetery.org/

Very natural, ivy everywhere, weather-worn inscriptions on the stones,  beautifully romantic, especially in the setting sun but also rather forgotten and melancholy..

 

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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) autumn cemetery highgate november https://www.annatott.com/blog/2016/11/november-the-month-of-rememberance Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:50:40 GMT
Spring in the Alpine House at RHS Wisley https://www.annatott.com/blog/2016/2/spring-in-the-alpine-house-at-rhs-wisley The Alpine House at RHS Wisley is my favourite place of all to look for the most amazing little flowers.  

Many true alpines, which naturally grow at high altitudes,  flower in spring and early summer and so I have been visiting every February until May for the last three years  to admire little flowering bulbs such as fritillaries crocuses or perennial hepaticas. Their  flowers are usually very small so it is best to photograph them armed with a macro lens such as Nikkor 105mm f/2.8g macro and Zeiss Macro Planar 100mm f/2. To get closer to the plants I used a bean bag as tripod was a bit cumbersome in a small greenhouse. I guess even a longer macro lens would be beneficial here - the flowers can be really minute. Magnified, they let us enter some truly enchanted territories. Patel and delicate is how I see them and so I try to paint them with my lenses.

 

Leucocoryne,Leucocoryne,

Leucocoryne 

 

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Leucocoryne vittata

 

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Oxalis versicolor

 

Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop'Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop'LITTLE PINK STARS

Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop'

 

 

 

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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) alpines artistic close-up flower flowering macro rhs spring wisley https://www.annatott.com/blog/2016/2/spring-in-the-alpine-house-at-rhs-wisley Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:32:05 GMT
Photos from the Garden Of the Rose NGS Open Evening https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/7/photos-from-the-garden-of-the-rose-ngs-open-evening The Royal National Rose Society's Garden near St Albans, http://www.rnrs.org.uk/, hosts the National Rose collection with some 1,800 rose varieties and over 30,000 rose bushes, old and historical varieties and companion planting. It is open from early June to early August each year, with the peak in late June. What a place to visit for a plant lover! 

Still, we were in for a special treat last Friday when the garden opened for the NGS in the evening from 18.00 to 20.00 and the gardens were basking in golden light. A heaven for a photographer as the so called 'golden hour' adds special atmosphere and brings the textures out in your photos. This happens at really unsocial hours in the summer: 5 am is the time for the sunrise. The evening light is a bit better at around 8 pm. 

I would have been in seventh heaven if not for a really strong wind but managed to take a few photos with my Nikon D800 mounted on a tripod and a Nikkor 105 mmf/2.8 macro lens, which I wanted to use to take a few close-up flower portraits, too

So here are the results. No names written down, as I want to come back to the gardens again to take more individual rose portraits this week. So watch this space..

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/7/photos-from-the-garden-of-the-rose-ngs-open-evening Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:27:00 GMT
Inspiration from Hampton Court Flower Show 2015 -City Twitchers Garden https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/7/inspiration-from-hampton-court-flower-show-2015Image  

This year, the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, the world's biggest flower show, was celebrating its 25th anniversary in the beginning of July. I though, it might be a good reason to stop and had a look at some of the gardens it presented a bit closer. Time flies and flower only last a few days but they are great places packed with inspiring ideas to use in our gardens throughout the year.  So lets start with one of my favourite garden, the City Twitchers ( Summer Gardens category ) designed by Sarah Keyser  and built by Living Landscapes.

It is a beautiful mix of rustic ( wicker ) with stylish ( white and green colour scheme ), all brought together by a modern, well-structured design with sharp and clean hard-landscaping. It looks like a well designed garment, very feminine and elegant. This is a bird-watching environment for any fashion-conscious lady indeed and yet, very relaxed and nature-friendly.

The circular paving stones are made of Egyptian limestone from London Stone and accompany a round pond planted with waterlilies. It's dark water surface contrast beautifully with the pale grey stones. Camomile and sedum planting are used instead of a grass lawn, providing a low-maintenance, drought-resistant  ground-cover. It is also pollinator friendly.

Spherical willow nest bird hide in Living Landscapes: City Twitchers garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Design: Sarah Keyser, Coucou Design

 

WHITE PLANTING

A very effective and stylish way of creating impact in your garden is to use a simple colour scheme, like the classic white border, emphasizing textures. Plants with variegated or silver foliage like Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy', Hosta 'Fire and Ice' or  Eryngium giganteum, help to bring the white and green scheme together. Romantic white Roses, bring the famous Sissinghurst Gardens to mind. In the photo: tall and upright foxgloves, white heads of Hydrangea macrophylla, Campanulla persicifolia 'Alba' white bells, delicate Descampsia cespitosa grass and green balls of Allium, combined together in a stylish, texture reach border.

 

WICKER

Wicker sin the garden might look elegant and indeed it does here. Both the hide and the raised bed look elegant and stylish, like some fashionable accessories to wear with your garment.The focal point of the garden is the spherical willow bird hide, created by Carole Beavis, furnished with Lorna Syson's cushions for comfort.

 
 
White Astrantia Astrantia major 'Star of Billion', Cimicifuga racemosa and Allium tuberosum in front of spherical woven willow bird hide with bench - Living Landscapes 'City Twitchers' Garden, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015. Designed by Sarah Keyser. CouCou Design
 

 

Just a short note on technical matters. The first photo was taken with Nikon D800 and Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens  and the remaining photos were taken with Nikon D800 and Zeiss Macro Planar f/2 lens and a tripod Feisol.

 


 

 

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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) flower shows rhs hampton court flower show stylish texture wicker https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/7/inspiration-from-hampton-court-flower-show-2015Image Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:59:25 GMT
Pure Land Foundation Garden by Fernando Gonzales at Chelsea Flower Show https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/6/pure-land-foundation-garden-at-chelsea-flower-show Just a short post on one of my favourite gardens at Chelsea this year. It offered beautiful naturalistic planting with dominant warm glow russets and golds on white background, a great melange of nature and architecture. I was glad they used Iris 'Pride of Kent', I noticed in the flower Marquee two years ago and loved from the first sight. 

Its technically advanced white structure is made of an innovative material Jasmonite by the state of the art robotic system, it is all about curves and floating organic lines. It does remind me of a famous Park Guell, designed by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona at the turn of the 20th century, so much more obvious that its designer, Fernando Gonzales is also Spanish. Both combine nature and organically shaped architecture in a seamlessly perfect way, so we cannot see where one starts and the other finishes. A great tradition to follow and revive, creating a unique and fresh garden. Sadly only a Silver Guil, it is all Golden for me! :)

 

 

 

 

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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/6/pure-land-foundation-garden-at-chelsea-flower-show Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:54:18 GMT
Dan Pearson's The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden Best in Chelsea Flower Show 2015 https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/6/dan-pearsons-the-laurent-perrier-chatsworth-garden-best-in-chelsea-flower-show-2015 Dan Pearson's naturalistic garden has drawn its inspiration from the monumental and dramatic Rockery and intimate Trout Stream, both designed for the Chatsworth Estate by Joseph Paxton in the 19th century. Delicate yellow, whites and pinks among the rocks, a small meandering stream, it all looks like carved out from nature ( and will be returned to nature ).  

 

 

 

 
 
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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/6/dan-pearsons-the-laurent-perrier-chatsworth-garden-best-in-chelsea-flower-show-2015 Sat, 23 May 2015 15:00:00 GMT
My Adventures in Chelsea Flowers Shows. The Last Five Years https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/6/flower-shows-flower-shows  

What a better subject for a new post than the RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW. It is June now, and we have this year's Chelsea show behind us but there is 

 

I will be happy writing all month about its different aspects! I visited the show in 2010 for the first time, still a student at Capel Manor College, getting half a day ticket, not seeing it all with little time available. Still, I was smitten by the beauty of the horticultural creations on show. Visiting every year ever since, usually all day now, I even managed to take a few photos with my Nikon D90 I bought a year earlier. I will write another post with tips on how to best take a few nice photos during a show, with a DSLR and no tripod in a crowded environment. Over the last 5 years, I could see certain trends becoming more and more important. What really makes me happy is that the designers really do care about Biodiversity, trying to make their gardens not only elegant and beautiful but also helping nature.

- Natural materials: wood, stone and wicker

- Recycling

- Naturalistic planting framed by geometric structures

- Highlighting textures eg. trees with ornamental bark

- Planting on green roofs and vertical walls

- Sensual gardens created with a particular client in mind ( e.g. raised beds for the elderly or disabled gardeners )

- Sustainability

- Wise use of water

- Encouraging biodiversity and sustainability: hiding placed for insects , birds and small mammals, using native plants or old varieties of plants Using vegetables, fruit and herbs in ornamental gardens ( e.g. ‘M&G Garden in 2011 ) 

Chelsea Flower Show 2013Shooting the whole show with only a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor lens. Not too bad for a really downcast weather with lots of rain on the day :)

 

 
 
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(Anna Omiotek-Tott Photo Garden) Flower Shows RHS ChelseaFlower Show garden view planting summer https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/6/flower-shows-flower-shows Fri, 01 May 2015 11:30:00 GMT
Welcome https://www.annatott.com/blog/2015/4/welcome A trained garden-designer with a background in s MA Art History, turned garden photographer, I love tending plants with my hubby in our London allotment and in my mother's small garden. Even though there are so many blogs being written these days, here am I to start another.. Not a typical photography blog, though, as I want to write more about the subjects of most of photography and my passion: PLANTS and GARDENS here.

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