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Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:30

It's a great day out and showcases excellent garden design but, more importantly, the skills of the growers who provide all those plants in perfect condition and also the landscape teams who construct them and make it all work.   What's more, you can talk to people about their gardens - see pic of Matthew Wilson chatting to a spectator - and ask the experts on their stands about the plants and thus pursue something likely to succeed in your conditions.

Lots more seating for picnics thus year and the new artisans area was interesting.

I thought Diarmuid's garden was great fun, very clever and beautifully planted.  i though Andy Sturgeon's planting was desperately dull and most of it not hardy so not inspirational.   Cleve West's garden was gorgeous apart from that silly globe.  Chris Beardshaw's was very calming and sublime but full of interesting textural detail.  

I liked the Berber/Jordan garden which had texture and form and colour and life giving water, despite representing an arid region;  The arid provençal garden was just a stony mess with sparse weedy plants - the sort of place that if you liked gardening and plants you'd ship in loads of muck and compost and then do a Beth Chatto dry garden inspired scheme. Most of the other gardens were buzzing with bees but not that one.

I loved the Greening Grey Britain garden which had loads of interesting ideas and plants but my favourite was the Yorkshire garden and I'm very pleased for Matthew Wilson.

The pavilion was, as always, packed with fabulous plants in perfect condition and cleverly displayed.   Loved the Hillier stand which was very different from previous years.    Loved all the specialists showing just roses, just clematis, just irises, just hostas and so on.  

The Chelsea Flower Show is just great.


Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 22:45

I snapped that hippo table too Liri, as well as obelisks and sculptures and classic ice cream and refreshment vans - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160525%20Chelsea%20odds%20and%20sods?sort=2&page=1

Did you see the prices on those driftwood horses?   Thousands of pounds!  And chappy just balancing stones?   So clever.   We got there just after 9am and were all done by 2:30.  It gets too crowded at 3:30 and really hard to see the gardens.

Big gardens, artisan gardens, pavilion come first, then chappy selling peony supports, seeds on the "shopping" street, Felco stand to rescue my pair that Possum composted - 6 months cooking not good for blade or moving parts but they think they can fix them.

Then another go at the pavilion to buy clematis seeds (including Koreana Blue Eclipse) and primula seeds and scented lily bulbs.

We did not queue to do the railway carriage and we didn't queue to peer into the hole in the granite.   Didn't queue for Pimms either and don't bother with the floral arrangements tent or the big trade stands.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 20:47

Good photos.  I don't usually bother with the Fresh gardens as they are usually too far removed from my concept of a garden.   Glad the Modern Slavery garden won best.  It was very good.

For that grass?  A mountain sheep?

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 19:02

PDoc - if you don't want to name and shale you should at least report them to Daniel.   It's cyber bullying and not acceptable.

Hosta - I've posted nearly all mt Chelsea photos now.  Loads of hostas, especially in the pavillion album with labels......   Hope you sleep better tonight.

Dove - look's like a good day's work and OH deserves a treat.

Envious of those suffering from heat but probably just as well we've had rain nearly all day or I'd be up till 2am doing photos instead.

We're about to have dinner.  Organic Duchy roast pork with crackling - I can only get belly pro with skin on here - with Jersey Royals, broad beans and broccoli then rhubarb crumble for pud.  Post UK diet starts tomorrow!

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 18:29

Pics of main gardens, all grouped together and, where I could, with the name at the beginning but not always possible to snap that.   Starts with Andy Sturgeon and finishes with Yorkshire.  Again, lots of repeats to show different detail in planting.


Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 17:59

If that's the Berber inspired garden they were wild lupins.

I have now rescued the pics from my phone - another couple of hundred taken after the real camera battery expired - and have loaded some new ones on the Pavillion album above.  Hosta, clematis and iris alert! 

Now to load the other gardens onto an album.  Some of the phone pics are a bit fuzzy but you'll get the general idea.  Lots of repeats too as I change focus point to get plant combos and labels in for my new garden projects.

Last edited: 29 May 2016 18:01:47

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 16:38

Here are the pics I took in the Pavilion:-


Cars are for getting from A to B and just need to be reliable, comfortable and spacious enough for dogs, shopping and luggage plus dogs for hols.  Minis are no good for that.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 16:10

Hello Liri.  I have made a start.   Too many to load here so I've begun to make albums on Photobucket sp anyone who wishes to can peek at leisure.

Here's the first - small gardens, both artisan and fresh:-


I really wanted to take the whole Japanese style garage for the mini home with me - but not the mini itself.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:19

Friends of mine called theirs the Randy Rector, such were his roaming habits.   They ended up hacking him down because he became uncontrollable.   My Kiftsgate needs a bit of a hack and training session too as it's wrapping itself round window shutters.   Going to look fabulous soon when all the buds open.

Punkdoc - entirely not your fault.   Verdun has presumably gone to ruminate, maybe on why he gets in so much trouble, so often and with so many different people.   He'll be busy in his garden too since things will be growing thick and fast in his balmy climate.

Still raining here but I refuse to do any ironing on principle.   OH's job whilst watching sport on TV.  

I have seen a heron giving a crow what for after it got too close to the nest - circling higher and higher and making lots of noise.   Here we have jackdaws starting to nest on our old chimney pots.   This could get interesting at the feeding station if they succeed and breed.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 12:35

Unfortunately we had no choice, given Chelsea dates, and we assumed everyone would be on the roads on Friday evening.   The stuff in London was normal Saturday traffic and roadworks.  How do people live with that?

Log store sounds good.   We were in an Oxfam shop On Friday and I picked up a DR Hessayon book on DIY garden structures which is going to come in very handy for just that kind of thing.........

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