Ivydene Gardens Home: Website Design History

This Topic Box is repeated on every page, except the Plant/Insect Description Pages, with the same contents in the position to the left.
To see the Site Map Page of the Topic, click on the Topic below. Then, click on a Page Name in that Site Map List to get to that named Page.
* indicates which Topic you are viewing.

Topic
Case Studies

Companion Planting
Garden Construction
Garden Design
Garden Maintenance
Glossary
Home*
Library
Offbeat Glossary
Plants
Soil
Tool Shed
Useful Data


Topic - Plant Photo Galleries

To see the Site Map Page of the Gallery, click on the relevant Gallery Name below. Read the Site Map Page for the list of Plant/Insect Description Pages. Then, click on the Plant/Insect Name to see the respective Plant/Insect Description Page.

Aquatic 1 plant
Bamboo 9 bamboos
Bedding 22 bedding
Bulb flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 222 bulbs
...Autumn Bulb 46 bulbs
...Colchicum/Crocus Bulb 50 colchicum and 29 crocus bulbs
...Late Summer Bulb 89 bulbs
...Lily and Woodland Bulb 3 bulbs
...Spring Bulb 5 bulbs

Climber flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 120 climbers
...Clematis 62 climbers
...Climbers 58 climbers

Conifer 7 conifers
Deciduous Shrub flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 45 deciduous shrubs
...Shrubs - Deciduous 45 deciduous shrubs

Deciduous Tree flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 4 deciduous trees
...Trees - Deciduous 4 deciduous trees

Evergreen Perennial flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 98 evergreen perennials


Evergreen Shrub flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 62 evergreen shrubs
...Shrubs - Evergreen 62 evergreen shrubs

Evergreen Tree flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 1 evergreen tree
...Trees - Evergreen
1 evergreen tree

Fern 16 ferns
Grass 4 grasses
Hedging 18 hedges
Herbaceous Perennial flower photo for each plant for each month that it flowers for the 85 herbaceous perennials
...Perennials - Herbaceous 89 herbaceous perennials
Herb 3 herbs
Odds and Sods 20 plants
Rhododendron 10 rhodos
Rose 343 roses
Soft Fruit 5 soft fruit
Top Fruit 8 apples, 1 cherry, 3 pear
...Apple Gallery Introduction

...
Cherry Gallery Introduction
...Pear Gallery Introduction
Vegetable 8 vegetables
Wild Flower 297 wild flower description pages (o) 1041 wildflowers in wild flower family pages as shown on the Welcome Page
(o) indicates this family has wildflower photos.

 

 


Flower Colour Wheel
Flower petal colour matched to nearest Colour Wheel colour for all plants with flowers in this website to aid your choice of complementary or contrasting flower colour schemes
...(o)Dark Tone: Red 12

...(o)Dark Tone: Red Orange 12
...(o)Dark Tone: Orange 1
...Dark Tone: Yellow Orange 1
...(o)Dark Tone: Yellow 12
...(o)Dark Tone: Yellow Green 12
...(o)Dark Tone: Green 12
...Dark Tone: Blue Green 12
...(o)Dark Tone: Blue 12
...(o)Dark Tone: Blue Violet 12
...(o)Dark Tone: Violet 12
...(o)Dark Tone: Red Violet 12

...(o)Mid-Tone: Red 34
...(o)Mid-Tone: Red Orange 34
...Mid Tone: Orange 2
...(o)Mid-Tone: Yellow Orange 23
...Mid-Tone: Yellow 34
...(o)Mid-Tone: Yellow Green 34
...(o)Mid-Tone: Green 34
...Mid-Tone: Blue Green 34
...(o)Mid-Tone: Blue 34
...(o)Mid-Tone: Blue Violet 34
...(o)Mid-Tone: Violet 34
...(o)Mid-Tone: Red Violet 34

...(o)Pure Hue: Red 56
...(o)Pure Hue: Red Orange 5
...(o)Pure Hue: Orange 3
...(o)Pure Hue: Yellow Orange 45
...(o)Pure Hue: Yellow 56
...(o)Pure Hue: Yellow Green 56
...(o)Pure Hue: Green 56
...Pure Hue: Blue Green 56
...(o)Pure Hue: Blue 56
...(o)Pure Hue: Blue Violet 56
...(o)Pure Hue: Violet 56
...(o)Pure Hue: Red Violet 56

...(o)Pastel: Red 789
...(o)Pastel: Red Orange 6
...(o)Pastel: Orange 45
...(o)Pastel: Yellow Orange 67
...(o)Pastel: Yellow 789
...(o)Pastel: Yellow Green 789
...(o)Pastel: Green 789
...(o)Pastel: Blue Green 789
...(o)Pastel: Blue 789
...(o)Pastel: Blue Violet 7
...(o)Pastel: Violet 789
...(o)Pastel: Red Violet 789

...(o)Neutral: Black 1
...Neutral: Gray 234
...(o)Neutral: Gray 5
...(o)Neutral: Pure White 6


 

Topic - Wildlife on Plant Photo Gallery

Butterfly 68 butterflies
 

Website Design History
When the site was started, it was one document with Garden Design, Garden Maintenance and Garden Construction sections. As the other sections on Case Studies, Companion Planting, Glossary, Library, Offbeat Glossary, Plants, Soil, Tool Shed and Useful Data were added, the document became too big, so each was split off the Home section to become separate documents. Every Page with the Main Topic Box on it can link to the Site Map Page of every other document stated in that menu.

Each page has grey columns on each side with light green background in between. Some pages require their information to be spread across the entire page or the part of the page where the Navigation Boxes are, so this data will appear below the Main Navigation Box, Topic Navigation Box and Ivydene Logo and Advert Box, so please scroll down to find it. Examples are Poisonous Plants , Bee-pollinated Plants and Pest Control Pages. This is now changing so that the Topic menu is on the left with the Page menu on the right and the data in between surrounded by a light green background for the page (October 2012).

Topic Page Box.
* indicates which Topic Page you are viewing.
Each Topic has a Site Map, usually at the bottom.

There may be more than 1 Topic Page Box in some Sections. The same contents are repeated on every page of that topic .


Comparison Pages with photo content have (o) preceeding their Comparison Page Name in the relevant Topic Navigation Box.

 

HOME PAGES

Welcome
Site Map
Mission Purpose
About Chris
Garnons-Williams

Contact Chris
Garnons-Williams

Website User Instructions*
Copyright Permissions

Case Studies
These follow the progress of part or all of a private garden from design to completion.

Companion Planting
The name given to the system of using one plant to help another is Companion Planting, i.e garlic planted with roses deter greenfly rather than using pesticides to kill them.

Glossary
Underlined words in the main content may be defined in the Glossary and in the right hand column of that page.

Library
The Library catalogue is split into 17 sections, starting with Garden Style, then use the Garden Design book followed by the Garden Planting Design for that garden style etc.


Plants
About 1300 plants are detailed in lists with their:-

sun aspect,
soil type,
moisture level,
shape,
garden use,
foliage,
flower colour and
pruning requirements.

Plant Photographic Galleries
The Comments section of the Plant Description Page may give website links to nurseries so that you can buy your chosen plants.

Tool Shed
This describes the tools that I use.

Useful Data
Answers given to where can you get the plants, irrigation system, paving, work clothes, work tools etc.

Wild Flower of British Isles
The Wild Flower Galleries contain every wild plant (some with colour photos of flower, flowers, foliage and form) of the United Kingdom in its relevant Page (The number of plants - 1111 - with photos in each Page is noted on the Introduction Page of the Wild Flower Gallery), with their Plant Description Page (The number of Wild Flower Plants with Description Pages - 297 - is noted on the Introduction Page of the Wild Flower Gallery).

Wildlife on Plant Photographic Gallery
This gallery will contain most of the Butterflies (started in June 2008) of the United Kingdom. The relationship between the Wildlife and the Plants they eat or use in their lifespan, the Habitats they live in and who eats them is shown. There are Comparison Pages for identification purposes.

Plant Photographic Galleries
The Plant Photographic Galleries were started in the summer of 2007 to support the groundcover plants described in the Plants section with a plant gallery.

Each plant has its own Plant Description Page with large photographs of

  • flower,
  • foliage,
  • form,
  • seed, fruit

together with text description of its height, etc. The relevant site map would then show in alphabetical order all the plants that had descriptions for that gallery. Clicking on a plant name would then change the site map page to that Plant Description Page. Clicking on the Monitor Screen Back Arrow would return you to the site map. The topic menu and Page menu are now being added to that page (October 2012).

As far as possible, nurseries that can sell the plant or seed to you direct are specified for the Plant to which they apply in the Comments section of the relevant Plant Description Page for both cultivated and wild flowers.


Besides the Introduction Page, there are also Plant Comparison Pages. These compare 48 or more thumbnail photos of plants from that gallery with either the same:-

  • flower colour,
  • foliage colour,
  • form, or
  • fruit/seed.

The text box below these thumbnail photos contains the:-

  • the SOIL TYPE it prefers (Sand, Chalk, Clay, Peaty),
  • name of the plant,
  • the SUN ASPECT (Full Sun, Part Shade or Full Shade),
  • soil moisture level as the background colour (Dry is Brown, Moist is White, Wet is aquamarine) and
  • the height of the plant (0-2 feet, 2-6 feet, or over 6 feet) as colour of the text box border.

Click on one of these 2 thumbnail photos in the next 2 columns, then the Plant Description Page for that Plant will appear as another window in addition to this Comparison Page you are viewing. Click on Back Arrow to return to calling page.

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The background is White indicating Moist Soil. The Height of the plant is 0-2 feet indicated by blue border.

CHALK, SAND. Sisyrin-chium gramin-oides SUN, PART SHADE

CHALK, SAND. Tradesc-antia x Anderso-niana
SUN, PART SHADE

 

Having put 150 plants into the Plant Gallery, I ran out of space in memory. The Plant Gallery (renamed Odds and Sods Gallery) was then split up into the Plant Photographic Galleries ; some of which you can see on the left.


The structure of the original Plant Gallery was repeated for the other Galleries. In the Bamboo Gallery, you do not compare flower colour but you do compare Cane Colour, so the structure stating Flower Colour was changed to Cane Colour for Bamboo. The Bedding Gallery besides the flower colour comparison pages also has flower shape comparison pages.


Up until December 2008 all links from the Main Navigation Box pointed to the Introduction Page of the topic it was going to, currently those links are to the Site Maps of those topics instead. Now you may find viewing the relevant Introduction Page useful.


The others state the number of plants that have plant description pages with comparison pages of those plants.

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WildFlower Galleries
In March 2008, a problem (more than 900 photos in a document leads to an over 30 minute time period to close the Freeway application when developing the document) was solved by splitting up the Wild Flower Gallery into 23 galleries. The Wild Flower Gallery now contains all the flower colour and fruit/seed Comparison Pages.
The other Wild Flower Galleries are aimed to have up to 100 plants in each; starting with the plants in the first Wild Flower Adder's Tongue and ending with the Yew .
The site map of each gallery gives you instant access to each Plant Description Page for the flowers in that gallery and clicking on the thumbnail photos in the Comparison Pages in the Wild Flower Gallery gives you it as well.

Access to the complete list of Wild Flower plant names has been split into the following habitat pages, which is accessible from every Wild Flower Gallery Page and situated above the Wild Flower pages in their Topic Navigation Box:-

The Plant Description Page can also be found by clicking on the relevant Family Name in the other Sub-Navigation box on all the Comparison pages in those Wild Flower Galleries and looking for the plant name on that Family Page, then click the plant name.

 

The complete list of all Wild Flower plant names in alphabetical order has also been split into the following pages for direct access of their Plant Description Page from the Wild Flower Gallery only:-

The complete list of all Wild Flower plant names in alphabetical order is currently (October 2012) being split into the Common Name and Botanical Name pages for linking the name to its Wildflower Family Page:-

 

TopFruit Galleries
When more than 100 plants/insects have been added to a photographic gallery, then that Gallery structure will need to be changed to perhaps the same as that for the Wild Flowers. This means that in future individual Site Maps will not state all the Plant/Insect names for that Plant/Insect Type, so Plant/Insect Index pages will be used to gain direct access to ALL the relevant Plants or Insects of that Type as well.
The TopFruit Gallery has been split into the Apple Gallery, Cherry Gallery and Pear Gallery in December 2008. All the links to the Top Fruit gallery from other sections are to the site map page of the Apple Gallery.
The links to each introduction page of apple, cherry or pear galleries are given at the top of the sub-navigation box for each page in each gallery.
Then when in the relevant gallery, the respective sub-navigation box links apply. The Site Map Page of each TopFruit Gallery gives direct access to the Plant Description Pages of that Gallery.

 

Climber, Herbaceous Perennial, Evergreen Perennial, Deciduous Shrub, Evergreen Shrub, Deciduous Tree, Evergreen Tree and Bulb Galleries
In April 2009, the structure of the Climber and Bulb Galleries had the following addition:-
The original gallery was duplicated with another name and the original gallery was changed to show the Flower colour of each plant for each month of the year that it flowered, and all the respective plant names were put into Plant Index Pages with their flower colour and link to the pages showing their flower in each month. This process will be repeated for most of the other galleries which have plants with flowers (The structure in Bulbs, Herbaceous Perennials, Evergreen Perennials, Deciduous Shrubs, Evergreen Shrubs, Deciduous Trees and Evergreen Trees has been changed in July 2009).

 

 

Wildlife on Plant Photographic Galleries
The Wildlife on Plant Photographic Galleries were started in May 2008 to show the relationship over a long period in the year between the insects/animals in the UK and the native wild flowers. So, if you want a wildlife friendly garden, one needs to leave some areas alone to maintain them in a very narrow time window during that year.

A summary is listed in a Table of the Plants that each Insect (Butterfly) uses in a page and another Table gives the Insects (Butterflies) that use each plant in another page:-

  • Plant Name
  • Butterfly Name
  • Used by Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis or Butterfly
  • Plant Usage
  • Plant Usage Months

If you click on a thumbnail in one of the Comparison Pages for the Butterfly Gallery, then another window opens with up to the following 21 larger images:-

  • Caterpillar
  • Insect at Rest
  • Caterpillar Food Plant Form with Foliage
  • Egg
  • Chrysalis
  • Insect Resting
  • Caterpillar Food Plant Foliage
  • Caterpillar Food Plant Form without Foliage
  • 4 of Insect Food Plant
  • 3 of Insect Habitat
  • 3 of Caterpillar Eaten By
  • 3 of Insect Eaten By

for the:-

  • Caterpillar,
  • Butterfly Identity,
  • Plants that Caterpillars Eat,
  • Plants that Butterflies Use,
  • Habitats that Butterflies Use,
  • Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis Eaten By
  • Insect Eaten By

pages and the following plant description:-

  1. Insect Common Name
  2. Zoological Name
  3. Food plant for Egg, Caterpillar and Chrysalis
  4. Egg Stage : Colour
  5. Caterpillar Stage: Colour
  6. Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis Eaten By
  7. Chrysalis Stage
  8. Adult Insect: Colour
  9. Adult Insect: Wingspan
  10. Adult Insect: Lifespan
  11. Adult Insect: Food Plants
  12. Adult Insect: Habitat
  13. Adult Insect Eaten by
  14. Comments

Please close that window before clicking on another thumbnail.

The other 20 Insect Galleries were empty and so Website Work (from 16/03/2010 to 15/07/2010) was executed for every relevant page on every Document:-
Replacing the Submenu under the Main Menu with the above system of Main Menu on the left and the Submenu on the right at the top of the page.
Correctly separating all the links in each of the Menus.
Replacing the Worm Logo graphic with a Pass-through graphic.
Putting each page into a Table.
Editing the MetaTags to show the correct Description and Keywords.
Removing the Main Menu entries under Introduction Page Links for Wildlife on Plant Photographic Galleries of empty galleries to leave only the Butterfly Gallery.

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I spent between September 2012 and March 2013 rewriting the complete site to change it from 800 pixels wide to 1200 pixels wide with 3 tables in a horizontal plane and usually an index of a topic in the right hand table on every page of each respective gallery or topic to make it more user-friendly.

Any of the more than 12,000 pages of this website may be viewed and either changed to a new Plant Description page or display the added Plant Description Page, when you use the landscape version of an IPAD, which of course you will be able to use outside. IPHONES do not allow you to add a page.

 

From January 2013, I took photos in Wisley to discover the design used in the 2 Mixed Borders to January 2014. Photos of the plants used in the 2 Rose Gardens, the Alpine House, and the Vegetable Garden were taken in 2014 and 2015. Then from 2014 I took photos of the heathers in their National Collection during each of the 4 seasons - I found out in 2015 that I could not validate the plant labels against every heather, so have stopped updating the Heather Galleries, since I must have a valid plant name with each respective Heather.

"With the photographic help of Heather Kavanagh and as an insignificant member of the Royal Horticultural Society, I am visiting the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley to take photos of their plants to use in this website, since neither commercial mail-order nurseries nor the Royal Horticultural Society or The National Trust (member) will provide photos of the flower, foliage, overall shape, fruit/seed and in flower bed/ fruit orchard/ vegetable garden/ pond/ landscape from their plants that they own without payment.

As an unqualified member of the public, I am commenting on the unfortunate state for the visitors of the 2 Mixed Borders either side of the long lawn leading past the RHS Plant Centre to Battleston Hill; with the East Border having an entrance to that Plant Centre and the West Border having lawn gaps which lead to the Jubilee Rose Garden and AGM Borders. The Mixed Borders are item 2 on the Visitor Map to the RHS Garden Wisley Summer 2012, part of which is shown below with North being on the right hand side:-

wisleygardenmap1

 

 

This section details what I consider as errors in design carried out by the staff at the RHS garden in Wisley, before the next section details my Design Concepts:-

 

Mixing all the primary colours together for the flower colours used in many of the 71 parts of these Mixed Borders
This Mixed Border scheme has deciduous climbers, trees, evergreen and deciduous shrubs with bulbs as its other permanent plants to provide a permanent structure; which is backed by a deciduous hornbeam hedge.

This mixture provides a foliage and flower foil against which these other permanent herbaceous perennials can provide new growth from the ground each year, with the different colours of foliage from juvenile to mature to dying off in the autumn and then an easy maintenance during the months of December-March for removing most of the growth above ground and replacing the plant supports to provide a neat bed in a series of large ground areas.

The bedding plants provide the icing on the cake at different flowering time periods between May and November to enhance the overall flower colour scheme. The new bedding each year can provide opportunities to vary the look of these beds.

It was disapointing that I did not see the flowers during 2013 of more than 25% of these Permanent Herbaceous Perennial Plants - possible reasons shown in Lost Flowers Page with 'Walkabout' Plants and 'Stateless' Plants Page.

A table for each month - May, June, July, August, September, October, November - shows the flower photos for each of the 71 parts of the Mixed Borders split into Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, Unusual Colour, White, or Yellow for all the plants. Besides that, you can see from the table below that Red and Pink with Unusual Flower Colours seem to be predominant as flower colours and that these are spread throughout the beds.
Not having the knowledge of a fully qualified Royal Horticultural Society gardener, I am failing to see either

  • a colour scheme from pastels to bright colours and then back to pastels to accentuate the middle area of the entrance to the Plant Centre or exit path to the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden on the other side or
  • the Red, bright Blue and Bright Yellows being closest to the garden entrance with the pastels at the furthest point of Battleston Hill to provide a visual extension to these beds or
  • the duplication of the same plant throughout the beds to provide continuity (there are 14 Phlox varieties which provide some kind of continuity in the bed in using the same family with the same kind of plant form). Each of the Permanent Herbaceous Perennials normally only occurs in 1 patch in these Mixed Border Beds - rarely twice and even more rarely in 3 patches. Each of the parts of the Mixed Border beds overlaps the adjacent parts, so depending on how wide on the ground is that patch of a collection of a plant, then it depends on how many parts of the 71 parts that it is on.
    or
  • change of flower colour from for example Yellow in May to Red in September to coincide with the possibility of the herbaceous shrubs/trees/hedge foliage becoming Brown/Red in the Autumn, in this Mixed Border or background hedge.
    or
  • how the following distribution of flower colours from the Permanent Herbaceous Perennials in these beds comes from a restful to the eye and mind, coordinated and planned flower planting scheme:-
    Red or Pink flowers occurs in
    35 parts (17 Pink + 20 Red - 2 Pink and Red) in June,
    53 parts in July,
    59 in August and
    60 in September.
    Multi-coloured or not Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, White or Yellow flowers occurs in
    35 parts in June,
    53 parts in July,
    57 parts in August and
    47 parts in September.
    Mixtures of 2 or more colours is
    29 in June (16 of 2 colours + 17 of 3 colours + 2 of 4 or more colours - 6 of White and other Colour),
    52 in July,
    55 in August,
    50 in September.

I have added the BEDding (started January 2014 - completed March 2014) and then the OTHer Permanent Plants (started March 2014 - completed May 2014) to the table below to show the flower colour planting scheme of the Bedding and the Other Permanent Plants and then its combination.
"Bedding Plant in Unknown Section" top data row in the Flower Colour Range months pages refers to the lack of a photo taken by me or H. Kavanagh of that bedding plant with the label in the same photo of a Permanent Herbaceous Perennial or Other Permanent Plant whose location in 1 or more of the 71 Parts of those Mixed Borders can be identified.

 

If I had produced this planting design with its mixture of flower colours in almost every part - or maintained these beds in this way - in 2013, I would be deeply ashamed.

As a nation of gardeners in Britain; the Royal Horticultural Society being at its pinnacle, with the tradition of excellence by our previous head gardeners and their staff during the Victorian era, I had thought that the staff at the RHS Garden at Wisley would not need a lecture.

 

Number of parts of the 71 parts of the Mixed Borders with flowers of the following colours in the following months:-

 

 

 

 

 

Unu-sual Col-our

 

 

White and other colour

Pink and Red

2 col-ours with-out White as 1 of them

3 col-ours with White as 1 of them or not 1 of them

4 or more
col-ours with White as 1 of them or not 1 of them

Month

176
Per-manent Herbac-eous Peren-nials

3

 

2

 

5

 

4

 

 

1

 

 

May

13

2

17

20

35

21

23

6

2

16

17

2

Jun

28

2

40

25

53

37

25

2

12

8

22

24

Jul

33

2

48

24

57

38

36

1

13

3

27

26

Aug

20

2

53

18

47

34

28

3

11

9

37

7

Sep

9

2

23

12

19

16

13

9

3

9

5

 

Oct

 

 

6

3

7

3

1

2

 

 

 

 

Nov

99 BEDding

 

 

8

5

12

6

 

3

 

3

 

 

May

 

3

10

21

29

11

 

4

2

2

3

1

Jun

8

6

11

35

41

17

6

4

4

9

7

2

Jul

8

6

11

37

41

17

6

4

6

11

6

2

Aug

6

6

11

35

44

13

6

4

5

8

7

1

Sep

4

6

11

28

33

8

6

1

6

9

2

2

Oct

 

 

2

11

7

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov

73
OTHer Perma-nent plants of other Plant Types

 

 

2

 

1

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

3

 

11

4

12

11

5

2

 

1

1

 

Jun

7

 

16

6

24

20

7

5

 

3

5

1

Jul

7

 

16

6

26

26

14

9

 

7

5

1

Aug

7

 

14

8

17

22

5

6

 

4

3

 

Sep

 

 

7

4

4

2

5

1

 

 

 

 

Oct

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

Nov

176
Per-manent Herbac-eous Peren-nials
+
99
BEDding
+
73
OTHer Perma-nent plants of other Plant Types

3

 

11

5

17

13

4

2

 

8

1

 

May

16

5

28

31

49

37

27

5

12

13

15

19

Jun

39

7

48

40

58

52

31

3

23

4

4

46

Jul

35

5

54

37

63

53

39

2

24

3

10

53

Aug

23

8

54

34

61

45

31

 

23

9

21

35

Sep

13

5

33

28

36

20

21

7

11

15

18

9

Oct

 

 

9

11

14

6

4

1

3

 

1

2

Nov

 

 

 

 

 

Unu-sual Col-our

 

 

White and other colour

Pink and Red

2 col-ours with-out White as 1 of them

3 col-ours with White as 1 of them or not 1 of them

4 or more
col-ours with White as 1 of them or not 1 of them

Month

 

Another Possible Solution for lack of coordinated Flower Colour Scheme

If you want the garden to be restful to the eye, then you can provide a colour scheme using the harmony of adjacent colours. If you prefer to shock the visitor, then use the contrast of opposite colours, but I am not favourable of the above partial use of the harmony of triads as shown by the Colour Wheel Page of Garden Design.

 

Very Poor Plant Labelling

After reviewing the situation that 102 plants were missing their identity when in flower in 2013 out of 348 (29.31% of the plants) in 768 square metres of Mixed Borders garden beds:-

  • for the Permanent Herbaceous Perennials of the Mixed Border beds in the
    Lost Flowers Page with the
    'Walkabout' and 'Stateless Plants' Page ,
  • for the Other Permanent Plants of the Mixed Borders in the Index above
  • and the Bedding Plants of the Mixed Border beds in the
    Bedding Plant Index Page
    and Un-labelled Bedding Plant Index Page


I am tempted to state:-
'There is room for improvement in the Mixed Border'.

If the above situation had arisen in any English estate of the landed gentry during the 1800's, then the garden staff would have been sacked and they with their families removed from the owner's land.
It is sad to see that standards have declined so much, so that not even the most knowledgeable and prestigous staff in Horticulture know how to manage a garden.

 

Possible Solution for this Very Poor Plant Labelling

As a possible improvement for the viewing public being able to identify the plants in the RHS Garden at Wisley, maybe the following might be useful:-

  • Each planting member of the RHS staff at Wisley be provided with Large White Plastic Angled-Head Labels which are 20 inches (50 cms) in height with a 6 x 4 inch (16 x 10 cms) writing surface and a Marker pen with Black ink.
  • When they have completed the planting, then the plant information on the plant label supplied with the plants will be rewritten onto 1 Angled-Head Label and inserted into the ground in front of the plants. This label should have large-enough writing on it for the public to be able to read it from outside the flower-bed with the naked eye, even if that bed is in the Alpine House:-
    labelbehind1a1
    or behind it if the label is higher than that plant:-
    labelbehind2a1
    Above photos taken by Chris Garnons-Williams on 2 September 2013.
  • The plant label supplied with the plants will be given to the sign-writer with the distance from the public viewing point and the eventual height of the plant when in flower, who could then use the Letter Size to Visibility Chart with the Colour Contrast Visibility Chart.
  • The sign-writer will then produce the required plant label on a relevant contrast colour background with the font size being large enough to read easily by the viewing public at the viewing distance that public is away from the plant label. The stake that it is on is to be sufficiently high that the reading part of the label will be 6 inches (15 cms) higher than the plant when in flower and be inserted at least 8 inches (20 cms) into the ground to provide stability for that plant label.
  • This new label should replace the white plant label inserted by the planter within a week and should be inserted into the same hole as the previous label by the same plantsman. If plant labels in between this label and the viewing public are higher than this plant label, then the Soft Landscaping Designer of that bed should be informed so that person can then resolve the possibility that the newly planted area would become not visible when that plant was in flower because the plants in front had grown higher than it.
  • The White plant label can be cleaned and re-used.

This might lead to flower beds becoming educational instead of being frustrating for the viewing public:-

  • in not being able to either identify that plant in flower because it had no label or
  • that label supplied was unreadable by the naked eye due to its font size being too small for the distance from it to the viewing public, or
  • not identify it because its label had been overgrown by the plant in front of it, or
  • not identify it because the plant label had been turned away from the viewing public:-

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The viewing public stand on the lower path. Only RHS staff have access to the path at the back of this Mixed Border bed.

Photos taken by Chris Garnons-Williams on 30 November 2013.

Another way to provide plant labels is to provide a Plan with Plant Labels from the Plant Label Wizard and place that at the front of a bed or part of a bed on 1 label.
If you want to allow people to continue walking whilst searching and looking at the signs then the Sign Legibility Rules of Thumb by the United States Sign Council will help.

 

Using the photos I took of the Roses in the 2 rose gardens at Wisley and the roses that took 5 days to photo in the nursery field of R.V. Roger in 2014, I extended the number of roses described from 343 to 720 in the Rose Galleries.

 

From October 2013 I updated the explanation of Structure of this website with User Guidelines Page .

Also the original system of changing from a comparison thumbnail to showing its Plant Description Page was done by adding that Plant Description Page on top of the existing Compoarison Page. I am still changing those thousands of links to changing the comparison page to the plant description page using a Map Link System - my ghost in 2035 may still be doing it. The state of the changeover is indicated on the Structure of this website with User Guidelines Page .

 

I changed the Plant Selection Process in Plants topic to only 6 levels in June 2015.


When I do not have photos , then from March 2016, I am using my leisure time on creating the following Structure:-

  • Create and input all the thousands of plants known by Amateur Gardening inserted into their Sanders' Encyclopaedia from their edition published in 1960 (originally published by them in 1895) into these
    • Stage 1 - Garden Style Index Gallery,
      then
    • Stage 2 - Infill Plants Index Gallery being the only gallery from these 7 with photos (from Wikimedia Commons) ,
      then
    • Stage 3 - All Plants Index Gallery with each plant species in its own Plant Type Page followed by choice from Stage 4a, 4b, 4c and/or 4d REMEMBERING THE CONSTRAINTS ON THE SELECTION FROM THE CHOICES MADE IN STAGES 1 AND 2
    • Stage 4a - 12 Bloom Colours per Month Index Gallery,
    • Stage 4b - 12 Foliage Colours per Month Index Gallery with
    • Stage 4c - Cultivation, Position, Use Index Gallery and
    • Stage 4d - Shape, Form Index Gallery
    • Unfortunately, if you want to have 100's of choices on selection of plants from 1000's of pages, which you can jump to from almost any of the pages in these 7 galleries above, you have to put up with those links to those choices being on
      • the left topic menu table,
      • the header of the middle data table and on
      • the page/index menu table on the right of every page of those galleries.

 

It is regrettable - that having signed the Official Secrets Act - that the information of how to send me an email from the specified and relevant unclassified page(s) on this site is restricted to the privileged few.

Notes

It should be remembered that nothing is sold from this commercial site, it simply tries to give you the best advice on what to use and where to get it (About Chris Garnons-Williams page details that no payment or commision to or from any donor of photos or adverts I place on the site in the Useful Data or other sections is made to Chris Garnons-Williams or Ivydene Horticultural Services). This website is a hobby and not for direct commercial gain for Ivydene Horticultural Services. There is no Google Adscenes or Search Facility in this website.

The information on this site is usually Verdana 14pt text and all is in tabular form. This can be downloaded and sorted using WORD or other word-processing software into the order that you personally require, especially for soil subsidence, the Companion Planting Tables and the pages in the Plants section. This would be suitable for use in education as well.

 

I put jokes in at various places to give you a smile.

 

The first visitor sending me an email in 2006 requested a planting plan for a fruit farm in Chile to contain Apples, Pears, Lemons, Oranges and Pineapples as well as other fruit and vegetables. The book Ultimate Fruit & Nuts A comprehensive guide to the cultivation, uses and health benefits of over 300 food-producing plants by Susanna Lyle ISBN 13: 978-0-7112-2593-0 would help her and I advised her to contact the Chilean Agricultural Department to offer suggestions for fruit varieties suitable for the Chilean climate - especially for apples and pears.

The second visitor (the following year) requested the identity of a house-plant, having supplied me with colour photos in their email. I replied with the plant's name.

The third visitor via email in the third year complained that he could not find the contact details for Ivydene Horticultural Services easily. Having worked in a Military Defence Company for 14 years, I have signed the Official Secrets Act. Due to this reason, the Top Secret contact details have for the highest level of security considerations been severely restricted to the Contact Chris Garnons-Williams Page. Due to the importance of keeping this sensitive information confidential during this period of war and that currently this site is requesting donations of photos of plants/ butterflies, please do not divulge this to anyone, otherwise I might get a fourth visitor after 2008, who might interrupt the possible photo donation during the next 2 years or more.

2 visitors have donated photos in the last 2 years, and hopefully one or 2 people may view the site in the next year or so.

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Sarcasm from the many to the so few who are spending so much more than the many can afford:-

 

Great Britain owes over 1 million million pounds. Assuming population paying tax of 50 million, then each taxpayer is paying the interest on £20,000 of debt. The government state that this will increase by £10,000 per taxpayer by 2015.

From 26 November 2011 The Week "UK government Ten-Year Gilts which provide the capital for these debts now yield 2.2%", so by 2015 each of us will be paying £660 interest with £3000 capital repayment making a total of £3660 to pay each year for that government overspend. It is interesting to note that my fuel to get to my client's gardens and other taxes incurred in the tax year 2010-2011 has just managed to pay for that from my gross income leading to negative net income.

 

It is gratifying to know that for 2,800 staff in banks in Britain who earned above £1,000,000 in 2009 (3 December 2011 The Week) that they will not face a problem in paying that interest payment.

 

Happiness in Switzerland increases if you can influence events. Thus a vote every 5 years on which government should take over from the last and increase national debt by 50% during its period of office is no consolation.

Since I cannot influence people in power:

To not buy the dripping to go on my bread once a week using negative net income, I shall go to:-

Marks & Spencer on a Monday

Tesco on a Tuesday

Waitrose on a Wednesday

Ocado on a Thursday

Asda on a Friday

Sainsburys on a Saturday or

Co-op on a Sunday

 

and the fuel to get there from:-

Morrisons on a Monday

Texaco on a Tuesday

Esso on Wednesday

Total on Thursday

BP on Friday

Sainsbury on Saturday or

Shell on Sunday

 

since if I protest outside St Pauls about the overspend or the attack on civil service pensions (which according to the governments own figures in 2006 that their cost will actually fall in the coming years), that I am likely to get arrested and this protest will be ignored.

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Double Vision or
The Art of Arcimboldo

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This website is being created by Chris Garnons-Williams of Ivydene Horticultural Services from it's start in 2005.

I am requesting free colour photographs of any plants grown in or sold in the United Kingdom to add to the plants in the Plant Photographic Galleries and Butterfly photographs for the Butterfly on Plant Photographic Galleries.

 

 

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