Andrew O'Brien

Andrew O'Brien

Kent, UK / Gardener, blogger, and owner of Grow Garden Care. Never happier than when outdoors or in the greenhouse. Companion to Bill the Border Terrier.
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I spotted this wall of glazed angular bricks in the City Living garden by @kategouldgardens at Chelsea - a great idea for maximising the light in a dingey spot (this was the "basement" level of the installation) lovely detail with the light and shade on alternate faces and contrasting dark mortar. The trailing vine finishes it off great stuff! #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

I spotted this wall of glazed angular bricks in the City Living garden by @kategouldgardens at Chelsea - a great idea for maximising the light in a dingey spot (this was the "basement" level of the installation) lovely detail with the light and shade on alternate faces and contrasting dark mortar. The trailing vine finishes it off great stuff! #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

All gardens need to delight us but a great show garden probably needs to challenge us too. This one from James Basson at #rhschelsea2017 managed to do both drawing inspiration from a disused stone quarry in Malta. Nature reclaiming her space. I enjoyed it and can see why it won Best in Show. #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

All gardens need to delight us but a great show garden probably needs to challenge us too. This one from James Basson at #rhschelsea2017 managed to do both drawing inspiration from a disused stone quarry in Malta. Nature reclaiming her space. I enjoyed it and can see why it won Best in Show. #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

It can be all to easy at Chelsea to charge around consuming the show gardens and the nurseries and miss the trade stands. That's a shame as they're becoming more informative and increasingly beautifully planted with every passing year. Take this one from Oak Leaf Gates - wildflowers and timber. What's not to like? #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

It can be all to easy at Chelsea to charge around consuming the show gardens and the nurseries and miss the trade stands. That's a shame as they're becoming more informative and increasingly beautifully planted with every passing year. Take this one from Oak Leaf Gates - wildflowers and timber. What's not to like? #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

Up with the lark to make a start on #rhschelsea2017 blogging but all I can think about is Manchester and the poor people caught up in that attack. My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones or are still waiting for news.

Up with the lark to make a start on #rhschelsea2017 blogging but all I can think about is Manchester and the poor people caught up in that attack. My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones or are still waiting for news.

The unearthly but most wonderful Arisaema sikokianum at #rhschelsea2017. How beautiful are these monochrome stripes?!Chelsea is full of weird and wonderful plants especially in the pavilion where the specialist nurseries are to be found. This one is from Jacques Armand International who specialise in interesting bulbs. Definitely worth a poke about their web site. #iphoneography #tostandandstare

The unearthly but most wonderful Arisaema sikokianum at #rhschelsea2017. How beautiful are these monochrome stripes?!Chelsea is full of weird and wonderful plants especially in the pavilion where the specialist nurseries are to be found. This one is from Jacques Armand International who specialise in interesting bulbs. Definitely worth a poke about their web site. #iphoneography #tostandandstare

Whenever I find a collection of acers I always search hopefully for my favourite the fullmoon maple Acer shirasawanum. Look at that beautiful leaf. #iphoneography #tostandandstare

Whenever I find a collection of acers I always search hopefully for my favourite the fullmoon maple Acer shirasawanum. Look at that beautiful leaf. #iphoneography #tostandandstare

Slowly we're assembling a collection of house plants I can't kill. Two things make these particularly resistant to my attentions (or lack thereof). Firstly cactuses and succulents aren't hugely bothered if you forget to water them for a week or so. And secondly they're Emma's so I'm not really allowed to look after them at all. So far it's going quite well. #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk

Slowly we're assembling a collection of house plants I can't kill. Two things make these particularly resistant to my attentions (or lack thereof). Firstly cactuses and succulents aren't hugely bothered if you forget to water them for a week or so. And secondly they're Emma's so I'm not really allowed to look after them at all. So far it's going quite well. #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk

Being a gardener I spend a lot of my time in the company of weeds. Our natural wildflowers for the most part  they were rightfully upon the land before we appeared and decided to plonk our gardens down and don't we wish the plants we buy would grow as well? And when they look as good as this it almost makes you wonder why we grow anything else. Almost.  #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #weeds

Being a gardener I spend a lot of my time in the company of weeds. Our natural wildflowers for the most part they were rightfully upon the land before we appeared and decided to plonk our gardens down and don't we wish the plants we buy would grow as well? And when they look as good as this it almost makes you wonder why we grow anything else. Almost. #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #weeds

Here we go! First rose out is the wonderful red climber Étoile de hollande on Shed 2. The blooms are huge this year! #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

Here we go! First rose out is the wonderful red climber Étoile de hollande on Shed 2. The blooms are huge this year! #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

It's chucking it down with intent out there which is all very well  the garden needs rain  but it's so gloomy. So I thought I'd post an image with plenty of light and the odd flaar as a kind of antidote. Photons I need photons #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare

It's chucking it down with intent out there which is all very well the garden needs rain but it's so gloomy. So I thought I'd post an image with plenty of light and the odd flaar as a kind of antidote. Photons I need photons #mystoryoflight #peninpractice #olympusuk #tostandandstare