Taken away from Chelsea Flower Show

 

Now Chelsea’s been and gorn what sticks in my mind?

1. I should invest in a nice umbrella. But how do you hold an umbrella and a camera?

Alan Titchmarsh wins best umbrella at Chelsea. I'm not so sure about that coat.

Alan Titchmarsh wins best umbrella at Chelsea. I’m not so sure about that coat.

2. There never seems to be much good container planting at Chelsea. Which seems odd to me for a London show, where so many people garden in window boxes and pots in small yards.

If you want to find interesting container planting at Chelsea it's best to look on the trade stands. This was at Schellevis.

If you want to find interesting container planting at Chelsea it’s best to look on the trade stands. This was at Schellevis.

Floral headdress by Okishima and Simmonds at the Hillier stand. Perhaps I should concoct something similar.

Floral headdress by Okishima and Simmonds at the Hillier stand.

3. I should dress more adventurously. Maybe a floral headdress would help.

 

 

 

 

Rusty colours and, er, rust were used really effectively in the Dark Matter Garden by Howard Miller Design Ltd

Rusty colours and, er, rust were used really effectively in the Dark Matter Garden by Howard Miller Design Ltd

4.This year rusty colours are in. I remember the days when Chelsea used to be all purple and silver with the odd splash of magenta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More rustiness on The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge garden by Sean Murray

More rustiness on The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge garden by Sean Murray

Zantedeschia on the Brighter Blooms stand

Zantedeschia ‘Morning Sun’ on the Brighter Blooms stand

Paeonia anomala onthe Tale Valley Nursery stand

Paeonia anomala on the Tale Valley Nursery stand

5. But clear, soft pinks are holding their heads high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. I still don’t like Tulipa ‘Cummins’, it looks like someone put their frilly pink knickers in a hot wash with an indigo tablecloth.

Tulipa 'Cummins' on the Bloms stand.

Tulipa ‘Cummins’ on the Bloms stand.

 

Meconopsis 'Barney's Blue' on the Harperley Hall stand

Meconopsis ‘Barney’s Blue’ on the Harperley Hall stand

7. I wish I could grow Meconopsis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Gardens carry messages and memories beautifully.

Ghostly statue in John Everiss's Evader's Garden - a tribute to his father and the members of the resistance who helped him.

Ghostly statue in John Everiss’s Evader’s Garden – a tribute to his father and the members of the resistance who helped him.

 

Eremurus himalaicus on The Telegraph Garden by Marcus Barnett

Eremurus himalaicus on The Telegraph Garden by Marcus Barnett

9. I want some Eremurus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. This year is all about circles and swirls and spirals, last year was all about rectangles.

Slinky plays the role of pathogen in Sarah Eberle's Beyond Our Borders Garden

Slinky plays the role of pathogen in Sarah Eberle’s Beyond Our Borders Garden

11. Very clever things can be done with water – absolute precision is required to carry them off.

Brilliantly executed water tricks on the World Vision Garden by John Warland

Brilliantly executed water tricks on the World Vision Garden by John Warland

12. Yew blobs are breeding fast. I think some of them were scuttling between gardens. They have out-competed the box balls at last.

Yewbiquitous. Lurking in the Rich Brothers' Cloudy Bay Garden

Yewbiquitous. Lurking in the Rich Brothers’ Cloudy Bay Garden

 

Cedric Morris and his watercolour-toned irises.

Cedric Morris and his watercolour-toned irises.

13. Painted backdrops can work. Usually I hate them, but the murals and planting on the Howard Nurseries/National Collection Sir Cedric Morris Irises stand blended extraordinarily well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. I can see the attraction of building up a big collection of one type of plant.

Victorian Violas

Victorian Violas

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Hippopottering Nursery’s Acers

 

15. But I still want a bit of everything. I think our horticultural lives should gather a wide variety of plants along their garden paths.

Charlie Albone's autobiographical garden, The Time In Between.

Charlie Albone’s autobiographical garden, The Time In Between.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Taken away from Chelsea Flower Show

    • Yes there were lots of good Zantedeschia, Gill, I must try them again, had some for a while at WP. Perhaps we should all wear hats like that. Not great for cartwheeling in though…

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