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IMG_8794Hot foot from the biggest plant fair in Europe at Beervelde I am very excited to announce that we have six more new dahlias coming into the garden bought from the inimitable Koen Van Poucke nursery. These new beauties will soon be kicking up their heels in the dahlia meadow.Above a photo in the dahlia meadow from last year showing how the dahlias and grasses make a perfect combination !

The Latest Arrivals

I have used Koen’s photos here to illustrate what I have bought .

First up in the stable

Dahlia Fatima

another of my favourite hot pinks ! I am hoping this one will really stand out in our dahlia meadow . As it is rumoured to have  2 1/2″ blooms on a strong 4′ bush. It is also recommended as a super cut flower.

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Dahlia Souvenir d’Ete

A vibrant burnt orange coloured flower,ideal for a hot prairie border.I’m hoping this one will be a bit of a stunner in our bouquets.

Souvenir d'ete.jpgDahlia Cornel

well I always love reds of all hues so this one is a Ball dahlia of a sophisticated maroon-red. Flower size is meant to be 3-4″ (7-10cm) and Height 47″ (120cm). Looking forward to seeing this one grow.

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Dahlia Brittany Rey

the final one doesn’t even merit a picture in Koen’s list but  can assure you it is a cracker having scouted about on the internet for photos.Just wait for my own photos which should be coming soon ! A rather strange and quirky combination of pink and yellow will make this dahlia quite a looker if its like the photos show. And pleased to see that it is a good dahlia for cutting too !

Planted and Ready to Face the first Furlong and Fence

so we managed to get all the dahlias that are ready to go out and face the world planted in the garden this week. A lovely collection of Dahlia Magenta Star will grace the inner circle of the cutting garden so that should create quite a stir when they bloom. The rest of this crew and their companions are now well on their way and slugs, rabbits, pigeons and deer  providing I hope will make a super display !

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We have been forging new frontiers – Thursday was  a Lock,Stock and two smoking Trowels day !

Some of our  pioneer plants that have a bit a chip on their shoulder rode into town and rode out again into our New Frontier Border next to the house. These are the thugs and the reprobates of our garden . The ones with a swagger and a bad case of droopy jeans and gringo moustaches. You know ,the no-good  guys in the westerns, the ones with the bad ass attitude and a tendency to cause just a little bit of trouble.

Well we decided that these bad guys should have their day and fight it out at the high noon under the poplar trees, in the driest most inhospitable wasteland badlands. It is a dry , stony , arid strip and the tumble weed will blow through in the dry summers. Inattentive groups from coach parties may well trample them as they descend from their buses and a multitude of dogs may poo and pee on them .Can these plants survive , fight each other for supremacy and establish their mighty kingdoms ?  We have taken the worst of their kind -the big seeders , thugs, ne’er- do- wells , cads and colonisers and put them in a border together to fight it out . Who will win , who will get the upper hand ?

Who is on the Outlaw Roll call ?

These are the awesome eight plants that we have chosen for this stage  of the experiment –

Verbena Bonariensis ,Thalictrum Lucidum,Lythrum salicaria,Erigeron Annuus ,Knautia macedonica,Cephalaria dipsacoides, Foeniculum vulgare purpureum,and Echinops exaltatus.

Is this what they call a Matrix Planting ?

well matrix is as matrix does ! certainly the plants are in a random interlaced pattern of sorts. But the theory is ,and this is the exciting bit which should come to pass in time ,they will make their own pattern and hierarchy as they fight it out for supremacy.The strongest will no doubt survive and the weakest shall fall ! Let the fun commence !

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Want to make friends, then why not share a pot of beautiful fresh herb tea ! We have a range of fresh grown herbal teas to tantalise the palate and perk up the dulled senses .

Growing on our teashop terrace ,we can nip out and pick the freshest of tips for your pot of delight. Now you read before about the steamy sweaty camels and bedazzled camel drovers …so time for a new tale…

Run your fingers through the glossy stems of our fresh mints …what about the luscious chocolate peppermint ? Smooth  ,seductive and sensual.Rolls into your mouth like a melted After Eight.. The type of After Eight eaten in bed with a wanton lover..and melted on your pillow . The type of After Eight forgotten after a late dinner party but found lurking secretly in the box and eaten with subterfuge and secret glee.The type of After Eight slipped into a leather glove and carried away to a smugglers den where general carousing and making merry may be happening with riotous abandon.You know the type of scene- buxom,garralous serving wench,handsome highwayman with a swagger and a lascivious smile,all tight leather pants and a glint in his eye,and an accommodating dry cleaner.What about the charming rustic , all corduroy and sweaty singlet and a can of coke in his pocket ? Just ready for that advertising break.Or the handsome man of mystery, floral chemise,cravat and oh so  creased linen suit -dragged through a haystack with the boys and then took a ride on the hay wagon .

So we  too can be  the wild rovers of taste, the robin hoods  of  flavour and the buccaneers of  balm .We are the prairie tea queens !

 

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Do you know there is a world of gardens out there who welcome  dogs ! YES ! woof woof !

And Sussex Prairies is definitely one of them ! Dogs of all shapes ,sizes, and character are welcome with their  well behaved owners ! Do please keep your dogs  on a short lead when you are in the garden and especially in the borders themselves.

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We have installed some special dog bag dispensers at the entrance to the garden and around the garden with dog waste dustbins with them, so all we ask is that you use them .!. or do ask for a dog waste bag at the teashop and we shall be happy to oblige !

IMG_8273look out for the special carved dopy poo bag dispenser boxes and the bins clearly marked for dog waste

IMG_8275not too much to ask we think to clear up after your dog so everyone can enjoy the garden !

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The NGS also have a list of gardens in each county who are happy to welcome  dogs and here is the one for West Sussex !  why should your best friend stay at home when you are having fun visiting gardens !

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002It all started with a pair of papier mache tiger hooks  bought under the shadow of the fort in Bundi , Rajasthan… (scene of the gun toting monkey shooting rapping roof top cafe owner )

Paper -such an astounding medium …!.and then it seemed a natural progression to think about working with paper in our garden and  Making a Little Paper House for the Chelsea  Fringe event .And if you have a paper house you must also have a paper garden of course !

img259Another influence of course was the Laura Ingalls Wilder book Little House on the Prairie. And I discovered another unexpected and tenuous link to us as the daughter of Laura , Rose Lane, supposedly left the Wilder estate ,and so the copyright of the books ,to a certain Mr Roger Lee Macbride. This story is not without controversy !

It all started with Ron drawing up the plans for the construction….

003and always, I had luck on my side with many things falling into place to make the fabrication and papery construction possible. First of all a chance donation of a veritable library of back copies of the RHS magazine by a very good friend ,Maggie … ie . The raw materials.. and secondly the skills, dedication and wonderful enthusiasm of two of our volunteers Ron and Libby who would take the idea from paper drawings to paper house reality.

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and thus a paper house was born and now awaits its final outing into the big wide world. During our first week of opening catch the prairie house in its perambulations and see how it can withstand the best the British weather throws at it !get inside the house and see its papery skin… know its beauty ! know its wonder ! come tweak the tigers tail of garden craziness !

The Little Paper House on the Prairie will be out on the prairie from 31st may until 8th June- one week of paper related pranks,exhibitions,workshops , drop in sessions and papery daring do with a myriad of talented artists ,sculptors and creatives ! The garden is open every day except Tuesdays – 1pm until 5pm.

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It’s all about the Build : Last time I wrote we were on the brink of paper plans becoming paper architecture and now it becomes a reality as the paper house is ready to be papered..

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Sort of like an Egyptian Joseph it is now ready for it’s coat of many colours. The paper prairie garden is also ready for paper action … No paper wait here we are ready to get out the glue and magazines and make merry.

The architects Ron and Libby (trusty Friends of Sussex Prairies have worked tirelessly with power tools and passion and will receive the golden award in paper craftsman and womanship.Watch this space now for the tiniest Paper House on the Prairie ever – this house’s mini sister- which is now being created to join the Chelsea Fringe Brighton Exhibition: The Hanging Gardens of Brighton !

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Cutting Edge : Yesterday saw the Friends of Sussex Prairies draw their glue guns and fire away at paper flower making for the paper garden . In this wintery scene the flower power of colour gives us all  a summer boost !

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img2052014 sees Sussex Prairies joining  the Chelsea Fringe Brighton for a week of paper related happenings….we are now making our Little Paper House on the Prairie – a wheeled paper house and mini prairie garden which will be wheeled out into the garden  for some prairie perambulations accompanied by the biggest garden gallery of outdoor paper artworks ever .

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When ?

for a whole week 31st may until 8th June  2014 Sussex Prairies will be celebrating all things papery ,  with paper related workshops and events. Weave with paper with Jackie Sweet ,make a paper kiln to fire prairie chickens with Sabine Dahn , design your own notebooks -Pages in Stages with Alison Crosthwaite and show the Egyptians how we  really make paper with The Wolf and Jill Tattersall ! Our artist in Residence Anne Kelly , textile artist extraordinaire, will also be setting up her prairie wagon for a ho down of textile and paper delights too.

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deep in the heart of Sussex our chief designer and wonderful volunteer , Ron, starts the tricky business of drawing up the plans for making the paper house. Working with a motley assortment of recycled wood and old window frames this talented architect prepares the blueprint for the architectural spectacle to come….

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Joining the  Outdoor Prairie Art  Gallery : how to do it ?

we are inviting everyone from the age of 0 to 106 to create artworks to accompany the paper house on its prairie garden travels. All you need to do is send us a picture of a house or home (could be a picture of a castle,igloo,tree house,tent, semi detached , bungalow,mud hut,cave  etc ) on an A4 sheet of paper with your name, address and age on the back of it . We shall laminate your artwork, stick it on a garden label , and it will accompany the Paper House out in the wilds of the prairies for a week in wind,sun ,rain and shine. There will be Golden Prairie Family season tickets to win in the different age categories as well as art kits for the best artworks ! so let your imagination run wild. All artworks can be collected from Sussex Prairie garden after the 8th June, but sadly we cannot return them to you in the post.Remember, all pictures will be subject to all the elements so may not be in perfect condition after their adventure !

Coming Soon !

* Pictures from the Frontline with Ron  – The Paper House -his own grand design

*Art – but not as we know it…

*Papier Mache- one step beyond…img202

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