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Chelsea tv coverage.

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?   

Something's been eating my bulbs

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:05

See the above suggestions from Bookertoo.   Birds and squirrels are most likely but also badgers and even foxes depending on what fertiliser or compost you've used as they're attracted by certain smells.



Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:24

I bet it's very relaxing when it's been pouring down and your trouser leg or skirt or even just feet and legs get soaked.

Bishop Of Auckland Dahlia

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:22

Try using the RHS plant finder which lists 17 suppliers -


RHS Chelsea -plant ID

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:27

Happy to help.  I fell in love with that purple lysimachia several years ago when I saw it on the Hilliers stand at Chelsea and I always have some verbascums on the go but usually the phoenicum group which comes in shades from white through pinks to purples.   They're shorter and a bit tidier than the bigger varieties.

RHS Chelsea -plant ID

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:12

The purple one is lysimachia Beaujolais atropurpureum.  You can get the seeds from several suppliers if you google them.

The golden one looks like some form of verbascum which comes in many heights and colours and is either biennial or a short lived but freely seeding perennial.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:27

I'd have thought that if you could afford the installation costs of the mechanism to move your shed by remote control you could afford just to have two sheds and have done with it.    

Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 16:01

Chris Beardshaw's gardens are always though through on many different levels so have form, colour and texture form plants and hard landscaping and sculptures and so on to take them through all the seasons and he manages to make them connect with all sorts of people.  

Others may be superficially stunning but just don't have the staying power or else don't work as everyday gardens to  live and work and play in. 

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 09:29

Maybe a change of shirt style would help but the plain grey is so dull and the jacket is short and dull and........  

Anyway, I like Dan Pearson's garden.  I love Chris Beardshaw's.  Still thinking about the Mondrian garden which seems a bit mean with the colours.   

I do not like plain rectangular water features with gravel at the bottom and no plants.   Love the swimming pond but not all the decking with it.   

Peony man was great and so were the cactus couple - though I wouldn't ever grow any myself.  Nasty spiky things and I wouldn't want a garden with just a polytunnel no matter how passionate I was about the plants that need it.

Seems to be a lot of repetition in the coverage which seems to indicate a lack of imagination and garden comprehension on the part of the production teams.

Totally Tangerine

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 09:17

Oh.  I don't seem to have vine weevils but I do have some provado stashed, just in case.

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