Posted: 25/05/2016 at 16:17
Afternoon all. Just got back from Chelsea and am exhausted. No pics yet cos the camera battery gave out just as I got to Chris Beardshaw's garden. Fortunately I had my phone with me. Just need to get home so Possum can help me download them. As soon as the camera has juice again I'll share those photos. Loved Diarmuid's garden. It's mad with its twirling trees and up and down sliding window boxes and the clockwork model of inventor in his shed. Good planting too.
Loved Cleve West's garden except for the toy globe which was a jarring note. Loved CB's garden and a couple of others. Hated the Provençal garden - tatty and arid and weedy looking. Might be fine as a wild landscape but not what I want in a garden. Liked the Berber inspired garden which was also arid but looked thought about and considered and had good plants. Mathematical garden very interesting.
Andy Sturgeon's garden was clever but sooooooooooooo dull with its planting. The Yorkshire garden is sumptuous. Lots of glorious planting in other gardens too and the Pavilion was really interesting this year . We did not queue to go through the train and we did not queue to peer thru the hole in the granite block but we did peer thru telescopes at the eye of the needle sculptures at the Birmingham city garden. Absolutely mad but wonderful.
I took my secateurs to the Felco stand for restorative surgery. They spent 6 months over wintering in a compost heap after Possum tossed them in with the pelargoniums she'd been dead-heading. All seized up and the blade has chips in it. Chappy said he'd never seen anything like them but they'll be delivered, fixed, to SIL in Lancashire in 2 weeks' time. I bought spare blades and springs for my other pair.
Also bought seeds - fancy primulas, pollinator attractors, clematis koreana and herbs plus some lily bulbs and a Zimbabwean metal crane and 3 rusty peony supports. Great fun in the tube back out to friends' house in Ealing. Glad I don't have to do that more than once a year!
Off to put my feet up and have a zizz while the camera charges.