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Planting for a Philosophy Garden

Dear Gardners

I am creating an event called Philosophy Garden. It is a Philosophy, Storytelling and Arts Festival and will be part of Brighton Fringe. There is a garden that people can sit in between events. I want to plant things in my tiny garden at home which I can cut and take to the event. I also want to plant pots, and hopefully climbing things which I can transport and drape around pillars etc at the event. My question is, can you please advise me about what I can plant not to be ready in v early May? Thank you.




  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    So you are asking what can you plant now-in your garden- that will be in full bloom in 10 weeks?

    That is quite a tall order for anybody-do you have a budget?-a greenhouse to bring things on?-and what experience do you have?


  • £100, a tiny green house, I have been gardening for many years but I tend to look after things that I have been given rather than plan/design.


  • I think you would of need to plant now but slow the process of the plants opening before you need them.I hope all goes well and you find the advice you need.image

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    How many plants do you have in mind?

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    What flowers in early May? Wallflowers? Cherry blossom?

    Pots of tulips? (would be nice, and might be feasible).

    Any chance of borrowing any nice big green bushes or trees in pots from a nursery (in exchange for giving them some free advertising).

    Could you get some art students to make some artifical trees, like theatrical props.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,588

    My winter pansies and violas are still in flower in early May. I dig them up to plant the summer bedding in late May and sometimes it seems a shame when they are still in flower.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,634

    I think it's far too late to be trying to produce anything form sowings or cuttings now so would try and source some plug plants of bedding plants that you can bring on quickly at home.  If you have enough money left, rhodos and azaleas should be in bloom then and can be grown in pots for easy moving.  

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    An azeala or two in bloom, in pots, would look nice - but anything except the tiniest would be expensive to buy. If you only need one for a couple of days then hiring (or scrounging) one might be an option.

  • Thanks for your suggesions everyone this is v helpful, do keep them coming as things occur to you. I've never really gardened like this and had to think about what will be in flower at a very particular time of the year, (or there abouts). Its all been a bit zen up until now......image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    The one thing that is always going to be flourishing in early May is the lawn. Since it is philosophy as a theme; i.e. thought, how about grass walks for people to walk on, discuss and think. image

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