Chelsea Flower Show gets greener yet something sticks in the back of the throat.

May 28, 2008

The Chelsea Flower show gardens were fabulous. Most of the gardens concentrated attractive and interesting planting of shrubs, trees and flowers rather than ornate structures. Various shades of exotic green seemed to be the main colour, with several gardens featuring rich tapestries of foliage punctuated with subtle or sometimes vibrant splashes of colour.

My favourites were the smaller gardens as I could relate to them more compared to the elaborate main show gardens.

Saying that Andy Sturgeons Gold award wining garden, which he designed to raise the profile of cancer research, was stunning.

Andy Sturgeon Gold winning Chelsea Flower Show Garden  Andy used black water pools on three levels that pulsated making ripples on the surface; the pools were surrounded by plants for texture and subtle colour.

Chelsea Flower Show Gold. by Andy SturgeonI was pleased to note that we had 25 of the 26 plants he used in his garden on the latest multi plant list 3,500 plant CD-ROM.

Andy was kind enough to allow me private access to the garden for a closer look. Andy Sturgeon Gold winning Chelsea Flower Show Garden

I think that Andy’s garden is the only one that I’d also liked to have seen when it was raining as I could imagine the raindrops running over and falling from the circular rings mounted to the wall plus the sound of  the rain as it hit the mirrored black water would have added another dimension.

 

The other garden that really impressed me, with a theme that I support, is the Edible Playground featuring vegetables grown in schools to encourage youngsters to learn about plants and how they grow.

Edible Playground www.edibleplaygrounds.co.uk Edible Playground

Joane Myram I had the pleasure of meeting Joanne Myram who was delighted the garden won Best in Show for the Courtyard Gardens category.

 The garden was beautifully constructed and tastefully planted.

 

The flower show is spread over 11 acres in Chelsea’s Royal Hospital gardens, where over 500 exhibitors spend a month getting ready to create this incredible display of blooms. At the end the gardens are dismantled. It’s a great opportunity to buy a piece of Chelsea to either transplant in to your garden or a memento of your visit.

 

Complete Gardens CD-ROM Ltd launched its latest multi list 3,500 UK plant advice and pruning guide CD-ROM. The multi list version as its name implies allows the user to make various plant lists.  The majority of the plants used in three Gold winning gardens including Andy Sturgeons’ were included in the latest interactive plant database containing 9,000 photographs. This will be a useful plant resource for budding gardeners and garden designers.

 

Most people seemed very happy with the show. The weather was kind and the garden inspiring but the one element that spoilt it for many visitors and exhibitors were the millions of seeds and pollen falling from the mature 300 year old Plane trees.

 

Plane tree seed

The seeds have hundreds of hairs which act as a parachute and distribute the seeds over a wide area. These hairs break off when the seed lands and then fill with the lightest breeze.  People were coughing as they inhaled the hairs which stuck in the throat or causing a great deal of discomfort when they got in your eyes.

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Exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show

May 18, 2008

Plant advice CD-ROMI’m just off to set up my stand at the Chelsea Flower Show.  I’ll be on East Avenue stand 34

If anyone is going please come and say hello and I’d be delighted to show you how my British made garden advice CD-ROM works. Our garden siftware work on both PC & MACs and has 3,500 UK garden plants with 9,000 photographs.

We are launching our multi list plant finder and pruning guide CD-ROM.

The interactive garden plant advice CD-ROM is designed to help garden enthusiasts of all levels of experience to find and select the plants to suit every aspect of a garden and seasonal needs.

We want to support British grown plants so have links from plants on the Complete Gardens CD-ROM to some specialist UK plant nurseries.

The list is added daily so if you you are a plant nursery and want you plants added please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk or see the website link

Our Cd’s are not stocked by some large garden centre chains as they want a monoply and don’t like that I link to other nurseries. 

I thinkcustomer choice is important so I’ll continue to be proudly independent, even though this means not being stocked by them.

You can however buy my British made plant advice CD-ROM on my website www.complete-gardens.co.uk


Launching our latest garden software at Chelsea Flower Show 2008

May 8, 2008

We had a successful Chelsea Flower Show last year and hope to do even better this year with our 3,500 garden plant selector and pruning guide encyclopaedia, multi plant list version CD-ROM. PC & MAC compatible.

Plant selector and pruning guide CD-ROM

 

The online garden web sites continue to grow. The major sites being the RHS and BBC though one major criticism I’ve heard is they are very slow.

That’s not surprising considering the amount of data and images to be uploaded.

 

I’m delighted that another advantage of our plant selector & pruning guide CD-ROM is it’s not influenced by download time and will therefore find and display the plants and data you want within a few seconds.

 

Although our first garden software was initially designed for the garden novice wanting to find plants to suit their garden, as we’ve increased the plant database we’ve attracted the interest from garden Designers and Garden Design students who need to find suitable plants for a wide range of garden conditions and garden styles.

The Complete gardens CD-ROM does this for them, effortlessly.

By popular request we’ve made a multi plant list version, which allows the user to make as many plant lists with relevant notes as they require. The user can print the lists with images for each of their clients.

Home users can make multi lists for the various parts of their garden.

 

 

We will be launching the 3,500 plant multi plant list version at Chelsea Flower Show 20th May – 24th May on stand EA 34.

I’d be delighted to demonstrate how our PC & MAC compatible garden software works.


Flower identification guide

January 26, 2008
Mobile & CD-ROM plant identification guide 
The Complete gardens team have developed a mobile flower identification guide that works on a ‘blackberry’ hand held unit.
This nifty garden software allows the user to identify plants and flowers whilst out and about, for example when they are enjoying the stunning show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court Flower Show, RHS Wisley gardens etc. It is possible to identify plants from annuals, perennials, shrubs as well as trees by simply selecting any combination of flower or leaf colour, height, flowering period, leaf type, Latin or common name.
By being able to identifying and record the plants seen in spectacular gardens, designed by top Garden Designers, gives any garden enthusiasts or would be gardener, whatever their level of experience to be able to create a garden style using the right plants to create stylesfrom a small low maintenance garden design to a Japanese garden style with delicate use of Acers, or larger landscape gardening to a colourful English cottage garden flower display
The portable software used in conjunction with the PC and MAC compatible award winning Complete Gardens plant database, not only with the user be able to use the plant finder software to find the right plants, it also has gardening tips and illustrated pruning advice to keep the plants looking their best. Plant lists and personal notes can be printed with images.
The portable software used in a ‘Blackberry’  means there are not heavy books to carry around and the PC & MAC compatible CD-ROM has the additional features.
A perfect combination and a special garden gift Ideal for garden design students, Garden Designers and for home use.
The portable software and CD-ROM have 3,500 plants and 9,000 high quality photographs
We have a new dedicated Mac Leopard universal garden software version with the same plant finder and pruning tips as above at an introductory £10.00 off offer. 
www.complete-gardens.co.uk

Streaming Garden advice

December 5, 2007

I am delighted that our STREAMING software option is proving a big success in North America. In less than three month a third of our sales are now generated using this streaming method. I think our customers realise, not only can the plant data be used on PC’s using XP anywhere, anytime, by streaming it, they have the additional benefit of costing less than a conventional CD-ROM with it’s postal charges and associated carbon costs – which is high on most peoples lists right now.

One major advantage for our potential customers is the option to trial the software to satisfy themselves of the content. 95% of customers have then gone on sign up to the 12 month licence.

We do not purport that this British made software will suit every temperature zone around the World so giving a trial option allows anyone to test the full 2,700 plant version with 7,200 high quality images for 24hrs to satisfy themselves that the plant data and contents suits their needs.
It was very encouraging to see that the majority of the plants used in the  Chelsea Garden Flower Show gardens are included on our latest plant database with images and plant care & pruning advice.
Gardening is to be enjoyed whatever the level of experience and age. Our  streamable PC  garden software is really user-friendly and will provide the information required to inspire people to make their own colourful and interesting Garden of Eden and have a lot of fun along the way.

The Streaming Technology has been developed by Endeavors Technology in the US

http://www.complete-gardens.co.uk/