Posted: 25/05/2016 at 22:39
Well, I appreciate the fact that Chelsea is given so.much coverage. It may not all be to our taste, but at least it's giving airtime to gardens, plants and gardening, rather than men propelling balls around fields or tables or throwing sharp things at a board on the wall.
That doesn't mean I like it all. Some of the entries are the garden equivalent of Disneyland. (Revolving plants? They'll have talking trees next!) I don't like gardens dominated by huge lumps of steel or concrete, or furniture or gadgets; I don't like gardens that are preaching or political. But as a programme, it's easy on the eye, and shows some wonderful plants and flowers that I'd love to see for real.
As for the presenters' clothes: the women all seem to feel a need to compete with the flowers - and of course the flowers win every time. I don't know why the men are in suits and ties at all, but I found Monty's ill-fitting, floppy jacket quite amusing and endearing. It was as if he'd been told he had to wear a jacket and tie and was doing so under protest. I prefer him in his gardening clothes with braces and wellies.
If I went to a big show, it wouldn't be Chelsea, but I'm happy to watch it, appreciate it and nitpick.