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beautiful

beautiful

now wouldn’t you just love to sit on that bench and dream… with an apple or a book . Kew is pretty magic at the moment with unadulterated voluptuous magnolias at every turn .. they are just so indulgent you could bathe in a bath of them .. well that happened in the film American Beauty didnt it ? with rose petals of course, not magnolia petals (are they petals or something a whole lot more technical . sepals ? well them anyway…

Our trip was all in the cause of Disha hospital garden research (Rajasthan , Raven foundation project etc … its ok Lottie we will get it all on paper very soon !!!) and that we did in the grand old Princess of Wales conservatory after being prised away from the cute little alpines.. no one seems to do alpines anymore do they ?I think they have fallen out of fashion and favour but like the petit fours of plants they are exquisite .. talking of cakes here is a recipe which I found at the dentists . Now I never thought you could photo recipes and they would still be able to be read .. but i did and its sort of being like a detective .; better that than ripping out the page which Rickard (dentist) would have found very upsetting … so having discovered the beauty of the secret camera i shall be continuing invstigations in magazines further !! be warned… there are Hello magazines at the hairdressers so I shall pass on any titivating snippets !

lemon cake recipe

lemon cake recipe


now the photo is here can you actually read the text ? emm quandry.. !! Bo Peep has to report still no lambs .

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As participating gardens in the National Garden Scheme, Gardens Open for Charity, you are invited to attend, on an annual basis, a splendid tea party in one of the participating gardens in your particular county. So today saw Paul and I at the marvellous St Marys in Bramber enjoying a most delightful spring garden in a very cold sunshine. If you haven’t been,  St Marys is a total wonder . So go there as soon as you can !

Also we were encouraged to seek out and think of new gardens to open for the scheme … so anyone out there with a garden big or small think on.  It is a brilliant thing to do and raises so much money for its charities .The four main charities supported by the scheme are :

We Are Macmillan .Cancer support,Marie Cure Cancer Care,Help the Hopices and Cross Roads Care

Our Sussex Prairies garden  will open for the Scheme in September this year  saturday 17th and sunday 18th 2011(previously we have opened in July) , so visitors will get a chance to see our garden in its autumnal garb for a change. We will be joined by our enthusiastic native american friends from the Blackfeet Lodge and Spirit of the West who will set up their camp in the garden. Fantastic teepees and authentic tents , buffalo skins, beadwork demonstrations are all on offer. 

As well as the main charities supported by the National Garden Scheme, we will also be donating  money for the Disha hospital and garden in Rajasthan , India. This is a project very close to our hearts  and one with which we feel very honoured to be associated !

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its cold in the morning, at dawn that is, as another spectacular rosy dawn breaks over the lake , a real paintbox of all the pinks a girl could ever want.But talking about heat and dust, it IS cold in the morning and evening but during the day roasts up to a heady heat .. sure it is hot enough to roast a chicken. We haven’t been long enough in India to dream of steak yet (this will come) but if I ever see another masala omelette I could die and I sense the imminent crash and burn of my digestive system.

Bird watching and how your heart soars: I realise I have become embroiled in the cut throat world of the avid bird watcher as Lottie and Paul vie to spot the lilac breasted roller and glossy sunbird at fifty paces. Hampered by some pre world war one binoculars which weigh an absolute ton I am at a severe disadvantage as the two fanatics dart and dot about oohing and ahhing. We do see some specatcular kingfishers though and kites,owls,buzzards and bee eaters are two a penny. Chris and I are more sanguine , it is six  oclock in the morning after all. We are at Birdy Lake up in the hills outside Udaipur city.. and we are alone up there apart from the ladies working on road repairs, ladies visiting the wells filling up vats of water and ladies carrying monster stick bundles… a ladies lot is not a happy one.

The medicinal benefits of masala chai : I feel a lot better after we have survived a buttock clenching drive up sheer rockfaces and village tracks as we get into the high hills. Weirdly ,there is a new hotel there (dont ask the name..; New Colony ? )its not open yet, but they very kindly made us some tasty chai (think of really strong tea, cooked up with a dsah of condensed milk and spiced up with masala )and the tented bedroom chalets look over a specatacular views, although I am not sure about the barbed wire room number signs. Imagine stumbling against that after one too many…

mental note :garden arch idea: well they also had a pretty neat garden archway walk with specatacular  climbers over it.. imagine the most gaudy colours and vibrant oozingly zingy shades and in that indian light it just looks amazing… plus it could be a good idea for creating a shady walkway in the Disha garden.

Shade and water: crucial, and in essence the bottom line of the garden in India .These are themes which we will have to retun to I can see that. I guess there will be wars over water and who has it at some point.Hopefully not at Disha !

Cows,tuk tuks and Motorbikes: since we were last in Udaipur, cant remember when it was, there seems to have been a substantial increase in all things bovine (the animals and their inevitable poo) honestly wearing flip flops is a definite no no in that city unless you have the fancy footwork of a prima ballerina and can avoid that squelching doomladen footstep (paricularly in the dark) I am amazed that that poo doesnt glow in the dark the amount of rubbish that is consumed by the beasts. plastic bag, discarded packaging , clothing , other undescribable horrors YUM ! and motorbiikes ! no sooner have you entered a seemingly impassable passageway then there is a motorbike up your bottom beeping to get past in both directions. A possible sign of boom times ? that economic miracle driving right over me.Tuk tuks are another issue altogther, but i want one for sussex ! henfield high street wouldnt be the same again.

Monsoon Palace: big beautiful and a sunset dream. Watching hawks and hawkers and hawking.Another perfect day and its all pink again.

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Flowers,flowers,flowers

Flowers,flowers,flowers

Why India :let’s just say that we have been asked by our friend Lottie to design a garden for the Raven Foundation charitable trust in Rajasthan, India, near Udaipur. For the Disha hospital. It’s a long story how it came about, but we are very very excited about it. That was until we arrived in India! I had totally forgotten what a total land of impossible contrast India is : wonderful and awful and completely dotty at the same time!! We must be mad! But in a good way! India is fabulous and we love it.

Arrive Ahmadebad: In the ghostly halls of Ahmadebad airport … we wait almost as long as the flight again for the  bags to be cranked around the carousel which appears to be jam packed with 50 inch televisions from Dubai. Finally, manhandling the tvs aside we emerge into the simmering dawn and blearily we find Lottie and her driver Prakash and set off on the road to  Udaipur. Dementedly whirling around a myriad of Milton Keynes-esque roundabouts and dodging the Jungly cows, (wild cows like wildebeests at large in the city) and after quizzing several lurking ne’er do wells at the roadside we find the highway and make possibly one of the most frightening roadtrips of the whole journey.

Why driving is scarey:since we last came to India they have built highways. Imagine being in a computer car chase game and you can picture the scene as you weave haphazardly at seemingly breakneck speed closely avoiding the odd dawdling camel cart, creaking oxen drawn medieaval wagon, ponderous elephant, overloaded tuk tuk as well as the maniac truck drivers careering  on the wrong side of the carriageway;close your eyes and it doesn’t happen.

"Dining room", Kankara Havelli

"Dining room", Kankara Havelli

Udaipur , the serene and beautiful city : Kankara Havelli ( look it up , its wonderful !) our base for the next two days as we start work on the garden project. Located right on the Lal Ghat it overlooks the lake and the striking lake Palace Hotal which seems to float above the water. Cool , deep , beautiful rooms afford achingly beautiful views towards the Monsoon Palace high up in the mountains. And it is wedding season so every night we are treated to a cacophany of trumpets, crazed brass bands, fireworks and a good selection of barking dogs…mix that up with the ladies doing their washing (cricket bat thumping of clothes is obligatory)  It is noisy !

Indian beds and why you don’t want to be awake in them : if you are awake in bed you realise the horrible truth that you are in fact lying on a wooden table which someone has deemed a suitable size/height for a bed. There are no mattresses to speak of .

Our first visit to the Disha hospital and our garden site: fortunately the heat of the day has started to fade  and it is late afternoon by the time we get over to the village of Lio ka Guda. It is such an out of the way location I am sure it is not on any map. It will serve a community of four neighbouring villages and a population of roughly fifteen thousand people. Next to the local temple and surrounded by a very rural scene. It is hard to imagine how we are going to make a garden in such a dry, baked land. Treated to a marvellous kingfisher on the telegraph line over the garden and we are inspired to start.

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