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?
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.
3. I should dress more adventurously. Maybe a floral headdress would help.
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.
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.
7. I wish I could grow Meconopsis.
8. Gardens carry messages and memories beautifully.
9. I want some Eremurus.
10. This year is all about circles and swirls and spirals, last year was all about rectangles.
11. Very clever things can be done with water – absolute precision is required to carry them off.
12. Yew blobs are breeding fast. I think some of them were scuttling between gardens. They have out-competed the box balls at last.
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.
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.