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My Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Setting off … very excited, the sun is shining and it’s a glorious day…

Meet up with Chris for lunch first and a spot of research in a Chelsea Nursery

We have tickets for the 3.30 – 8pm slot but are allowed in at 2pm. Thats loads of time. As we enter everyone is shuffling around at zombie pace already- I don’t blame them, it is  hot. I know we’ll be the same in 5 hours time. We have energy, swerve the show gardens and head straight for the Great Pavilion. We gather up Alix en route and then all hell is let loose as we get excited and cameras are out for our favourites. From past experience I take photos of the flowers that I love – and labels (I think the exhibitors are missing a trick not plastering their name all over the labels?) .  Alix is a little more old fashioned and it’s all pen and paper for her.  I query this but she reassures me that that is the way she works.

OK I’ve already ordered 200 Narcissi for a client, having discussed with the gang which ones really are the most beautiful – but forgotten to take photos and we’re straight onto the Tulips…

So those flowers featured in the ‘Old Masters’ are/were in? – Here is one. Tulipa Grand Perfection

Next fave is Tulipa Blue Parrot

Apparently it can last 3 weeks – that is one whole week longer than many and a great additional attribute.

I hasten to add that these tulips will not look great together in my mind! Next one I love is Tulipa sprengeri… it’s been available for a long time now but oh how lovely:

and so the next stand is Bonsai???!! well, so the mind then has to disassociate from Spring bulbs and move onto miniature trees.  I can do that.

I home in straight away to this gorgeous coloured tree.  After a brief discussion with a Bonsai practitioner standing next to me, we agree this is a show-stopper;  Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’. I then spot

Pyracantha? Surely not? This hum-drum filler of a climber for a north facing wall has been transformed into this? I have now just bought one from Morrisons for less than 3 quid – hopefully in five years time I will have recreated this!

Moving on..

I’ve just got into Acers – way after everyone else, in fact practically every stall had Acers as a foil/back drop. Why? Anyway it seems that in America this whitish acer is called Ghost1 or 2, whilst here it is called Acer palmatum wigume or ukigume. I liked it.

Next in this list of completely unrelated plants, I was looking for a Bourganvillea for home and while I love that ridiculously garish pink one in the south of France, I don’t think I can resist this one called Bridal bouquet.

Hours later we emerge from the Pavilion blinking in the sun light – briefly hit and miss the show gardens, partake of a splendidly prepared picnic and have no time left to peruse any more…

I went home smiling and contented

Spring Showstoppers

Oh wow, higher temperatures and a sprinkling of rain and the gardens have gone native. I literally walked round with an open mouth, in shock, at the incredible amount of growth in a week.

When Mother Nature puts her mind to it, she can really overwhelm us.

However there’s no time to stand and gawp when there’s work  to be done…

We’ve waged war on the Spanish Bluebell  over the last couple of weeks and  created a mountain of the invaders.  It’s an impossible task to get rid of them all in one year but we have made a start and set the bar for the future.

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The top pile are the Spanish, bottom are the dainty English ‘bells.

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Now is the time to buy seed of Biennials ready to sow (in the next few weeks) and grow for flowers next year.  Along with Foxgloves and Hollyhocks, a must have plant is this stunning variegated white Honesty..

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If you have your hand in your purse and space for more plants another great purchase would be 20-30 bulbs (more if you can afford it) of beautiful blue Camassia. Good positioned in dappled shade and moist soil.

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Camassia

The first Peonies are nearly over with the promise of more to come.

No garden should be without..

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We’ve provided them with these ‘living willow’ supports as the flower heads get too heavy when it rains.

That’s the fun bit over, now back to the weeding 🙁

Yummy yummy yummy I’ve got love in my tummy

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Aha, there’s my lippy

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Peony ‘Molly the witch’ closes its petals when it rains

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A heart shape hazel Peony support

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The very regal Osmunda regalis

Would you like forget-me nots with that madam?

 

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with cowslips?

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with Lysimachia?

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with Iris?

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or on their own?

There is no doubt about it, my heart is filled with joy!