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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 14:44

It is cold and very wet here?  Persisting down half the night (didn't sleep well so heard it) and all morning and is still at it.  Now we have water running along the road and a nice bit of aquaplaning on the level part towards town.  

Have done a horror shop and am now stocked up with organic eggs and lemons to make lemon curd for the ladies at my patchwork class on Thursday.  One really likes it and the others have never tasted it.   Not a Belgian thing.

We have a schedule of train strikes here - anti austerity and so on.  Possum starts her exams tomorrow so one of us has to drive her to Namur, hang around an hour, drive her to Jambes for her Patrimoine project and then fetch her home.   There won't be any parking available and traffic will be heavy - but nothing like south London on Saturday!

BL - you must be so frustrated.   Hope you get to Norfolk OK.

4P - I like your arch and agree about roses needing perfume.  If the sun ever shines, my Kiftsgate will be flowering in a few days and I'll take a photo.  You'll have to imagine the pong.

Hope your trip goes well Dove.  We stop every couple of hours too when we go on hols but that's to let the dogs stretch their legs tho we now find they can do 4 hours no bovver as they just sleep now they're used to it.      

It is so cold here I need to go and find a cardi.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 14:18

Liri - the problem with Andy's garden is that, as ever, it's more hard landscaping than plants and this year it looked like the majority of his plants were tender and also hard to find as well as being just plain dull.  

I have a few tender plants in my garden that I take into shelter for winter but the majority are hardy and good doers that come back and do their thing each year with no fuss.  I went down the route of sourcing special varieties of unusual plants when we started this garden and have lost just about every single one to hard or wet winters.  Waste of time and money.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:57

Visited RHS Hyde Hall the day after we were at Chelsea.  Wanted to see the dry garden and the winter garden but they've only just started planting the latter with a couple of curved rows of coloured stem shrubs.    Lots of alliums and some really lovely perfumed roses and the rock garden has some fabulous plants but too much euphorbia for me.  


I bought a thalictrum delaveyii some years ago expecting it to get to 90cms.  2 metres later I decided maybe it was Elin.   Finally had to move it somewhere else to give it space and it now grows to about 1m30..........   Lovely foliage and creamy flowers with a hint of lilac as they mature.

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.

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