Last weekend, the gorgeous contemporary garden fair Grow London popped up on Hampstead Heath, which saw green fingered hopefuls flock from far and wide to this haven in North London, to be inspired and learn how to transform their outside spaces, no matter how large or small.
I was sadly unable to make it, but I was determined to leap upon the nugget of inspiration that had been planted (Thank you. I’m here all night.) and transform my little balcony, which for the past few months has had planters bursting with delightful weeds, dry soil and sorry looking twigs. And thanks to the lovely folk at Grow London, who had sent me some lovely bits and pieces from their various exhibitors, I had no excuses.
It required nothing dramatic. Just a little bit of time, a good trowel, some gloves, some pots, some soil and a trip with LM in my beloved Betsy to my local garden centre. So off we went!
We bought bright zingy flowers to attract the bumblebees… and then got rather excited by all the herbs and veggies! We bought mint, rosemary, thyme… peppers, tomatoes, lettuce…. and then completely went off piste when we saw the aubergines!
Grow London has over 100 exhibitors offering an unrivalled selection of contemporary and classic garden furniture, rare and hard-to-find plants and flowers from some of the UK’s finest nurseries. There are also a wealth of tempting garden sculpture, covetable pots, planters, accessories and tools.
There are talks and workshops and even consultations with experts from the Society of Garden Designers… if only I’d gone! They could have given me a pointer or two…
One thing is for certain, I will be at Grow London with bells on next year. And my balcony may look good now.. but just wait until you see the 2016 version.
(And fingers crossed everything’s not dead by next week….)
All pictures in this post were snapped with my ever so gorgeous Leica D-Lux.