Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:24
Glad you enjoyed your day out. I do agree that 2013's Chelsea was pretty boring but I was also viewing it from a wheelchair which gives a whole different perspective especially when one idiot designer fixed a rail at eye height and blocked the view. Last year was better but samey so I didn't bother this year. I do agree about that corridor effect along Fresh Gardens alley.
I like to see gardens that use plants and materials in new ways or old ways with a twist and with ideas for planting combinations I can try at home. I also like to feel that the gardens are real and could be lived with year round. In this respect the TV coverage fails as they don't give us enough detail and focus on heads and concrete rather than plants.
I'm sure that Dan Pearson has done an excellent job of evoking Derbyshire and Chatsworth but I don't want it in my back garden and I'm increasingly off grasses. Nor do I want a travelling shed and tracks. Asking for trouble later on with maintenance and where would I store my tools? Don't want an overgrown ex perfumer's garden with no soil either and whilst I'd love a swimming pond, my retreat would have to have full views of teh garden and not a tiny window..
I want a tapestry of colour and texture and form with fabulously healthy plants so Christ Beardshaw does it again for me and I very much enjoyed Monty's description of its merits last night. Cleve West is another who usually gets it right but he's not there this year unless I've missed something.
Then again, it seems to me we haven't yet seen all 15 main gardens or half the nursery stands and there's still too much repetition with clips from earlier shows. Surely the Beeb realises that gardening addicts watch it all and record it all for later viewing if they work or garden themselves so why are they insulting our intelligence with this poor level of coverage?