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Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Seeing as today marks the beginning of the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, we thought we’d take a look at the gardens this year exhibiting water features.

Edo Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design Laboratory

“The Edo period in Japan was a time when horticulture became open to all Japanese people, and this garden reflects this moment; it is a garden designed for everyone, regardless of their class or wealth.”

Personal Universe Garden by T’s Garden Square

“This garden is a private space for families with children. Children have inquisitive minds and can learn organically through contact with nature. The natural world is also a place that can inspire conversation between parents and children.”

Royal Bank of Canada Garden by Matthew Wilson & Clifton Nurseries Ltd

“The Royal Bank of Canada Garden starts from a very simple truism. Our planet needs water, and water equals life. The garden is divided into three main parts: a zero irrigation ‘dry garden’, a central water harvesting/storage zone and an edible garden with a raised seating/dining platform.”

The Brewers Yard Garden by Welcome To Yorkshire

“ Brewers Yard is a celebration of Yorkshire’s breweries and the county’s stunning ale offering. An illustration of the fusion between a recently refurbished historical Yorkshire brewing shed and fundamentals of a modern micro-brewery, the garden interprets and shares the story of the elements of the micro-brewing process, both then and now.” 

Find out more about the Chelsea Flower Show here

Welcome to Headingley – Glenn Maxwell

— 19 May 2015

We spoke to ournew signing Glenn Maxwell earlier today. Here’s his thought on joining Yorkshire this summer

Welcome to Yorkshire. What’s it like to finally be here?

“It is great to be here. I’ve heard so much about the place and it nice to be joining the County Champions.

“It is nice to move up North. It is slightly colder than what I’m used to, but it is all good.”

What was the clincher – was it Jason Gillespie as coach and Aaron Finch’s influence from last season?

“It was probably a combination of the two. I have had a number of chats with Finchy (Aaron Finch) and he speaks highly of the Club and the overall set-up. The professionalism of the county really got me bought in and the way Yorkshire want to play their cricket. They play with a bit swagger and are aggressive. I guess that come from Dizzy.

“My objective was to come over here and join a top-class side. You don’t get much bigger than Yorkshire and the fact they have offered me a chance to play red ball cricket is important to me and one of the things I’m relishing. I will try and make the most of those opportunities when they come around.

“One of the main reasons why I’m here to enhance and strengthen their case against the better teams in the competition.”

“I have ambitions of forcing my way back into the Test team. It is my main goal. That’s why I need to try and play as much First-class cricket as possible and force my way back into the side. There is the Bangladesh tour after the Ashes and I have an eye on that.

“I’m aware of that and having had chats with Dizzy and some of the boys they are conscious of really improving in this area. That’s one of the main reasons why I’m here to enhance and strengthen their case against the better teams in the competition.

“You definitely need a bit of luck on the way. It is all about focusing on continuity and consistency. One game a week is hard to develop momentum, and maintain it. I just want to help Yorkshire achieve something and replicate their dominance in the Championship into limited overs stuff.”

“I don’t have any numerical goals. For me it is all about enjoying the experience, being part of the team ethos here, doing a job and contributing to the team’s success.

“The frustrating thing about IPL is that we (Kings XI Punjab) missed out this year. We didn’t perform and that was disappointing. I want to put that behind me and wipe the slate clean and enjoy a new competition. The T20 Blast is going to be exciting and hopefully Yorkshire can find some form and start competing.”

“They are quality. They are the form team in the Championship and are very hard to beat.

“Watching the boys last night you get a real sense of camaraderie. I want to be part of that and help the lads really make an impact.

“One thing that really caught my eye was the professionalism shown by the lads in the build-up to the game. The way they practised was brilliant and I’m excited to be part of that.”

I’m particularly looking forward to playing some red ball cricket. Even though my primary responsibility is the T20 competition, I am really excited about the longer format opportunities, both in the Championship and with the Second XI. Hopefully, I can contribute in that area and spend some serious time in the middle.

“I haven’t had a lot of time spent working on my game in the longer format. I only managed one innings in eight months, which is extremely frustrating especially when people pigeon hole you as a one format player.

“I hope that I can spend some quality time playing in English conditions and really developing my longer form game.

“I have ambitions of forcing my way back into the Test team. It is my main goal. That’s why I need to try and play as much First-class cricket as possible and force my way back into the side. There is the Bangladesh tour after the Ashes and I have an eye on that.

“I’m aware of that and having had chats with Dizzy and some of the boys they are conscious of really improving in this area. That’s one of the main reasons why I’m here to enhance and strengthen their case against the better teams in the competition.

“You definitely need a bit of luck on the way. It is all about focusing on continuity and consistency. One game a week is hard to develop momentum, and maintain it. I just want to help Yorkshire achieve something and replicate their dominance in the Championship into limited overs stuff.”

“It was a struggle and disappointing that we failed to be amongst the best teams in the competition. Kings XI will regroup and go again next year.

“Personally, it was fits and starts for me. I need to improve and a change of scenery does help.

“I treat every new start as a new chapter. I’m not overly concerned about how it went. I back myself and hope that it will work out here. Winning matches and entertaining the paying public.“

“It has to be the highlight of my career. Nothing will ever match that – maybe winning the Ashes, but that is still to come, I hope.

“The whole country went crazy and it was special to be part of a brilliant group. It was tough to come off the back of that straight into IPL. I’m good now and looking to revaluate during this period with Yorkshire.”

“I can’t wait. I love my golf and try and play as much as I can. I’ve heard about the courses in the local area and I’ve already had a whack at Leeds Golf Centre.

“I’m hoping to play again on Thursday with some of the lads. Golf helps me relax and I love testing myself in different conditions and challenging courses. It’s a bit like cricket from that point of view.

“No matter how cold it is and even if it is raining I’ll be out trying to play.”