Sunday, 24 May 2015

chelsea flower show 2015


The Healthy cities garden by Chris Beardshaw -Gold

Visiting the Chelsea flower show has been on my wish list for ages and on Friday my wish came true!
Leaving at the crack of dawn Mr D and I arrived down at SW3 not long after the show had opened.
I was bubbling with excitement as we walked through the gates and we were not disappointed!

Although the BBC coverage is excellent, actually seeing the gardens up close puts a whole new perspective on them. It is much easier, when actually there, to get an overall impression of each garden and some which I had not particularly liked earlier in the week when viewed on tv, such as The world vision garden, suddenly made more sense when seen for real.


We loved practically all of the gardens, but some of our favourites were those by Adam Frost and Chris Beardshaw.

The urban retreat garden by Adam Frost


There was a wonderful, warm and friendly atmosphere at the show which just goes to prove that gardeners are generally a very happy bunch!
As gardeners, we already know that gardening is good for our physical bodies but increasingly it is being shown to be of great benefit to our mental well-being.
There is something intrinsically fulfilling about being involved in the process of planting, cultivating and harvesting.

The world vision garden by John Warland -silver gilt


The old Forge by Jodie Fedorka and Martin Anderson - silver


There was so much inspiration to be drawn from the beautiful gardens and even many of the trade stands were works of art. 
Foxgloves were everywhere, along with billowing clouds of a cultivated cowparsley


 

My wish list of plants grows ever longer, but I came away with a little bag of red ranunculus bulbs.
This weekend, I will be planting them in the sunniest flower bed in the garden and in due course will have a lovely reminder of our fab day out.
x


8 comments:

  1. How lovely! I've only been once and that was years ago before I was really into my garden

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  2. Wonderful, it's somewhere I'd love to go one day. So glad you had such a good time. CJ xx

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  3. How wonderful, its definitely on my wish list, maybe one day... Glad you had such a wonderful time.

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  4. How lovely! It looks amazing. I went to Hampton Court last year for the first time and really enjoyed it.

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  5. Cultivated cow parsley - how wonderful! That sounds right up my alley.
    I'm glad you enjoyed yourself at the show. I've always fancied a trip to the Malvern Spring Show; maybe one day. I hope your ranunculus flower in a spectacular fashion!

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    1. Thank you Sarah. The cow parsley was really pretty. It's on my wish list! (I realised the link to the Crocus webpage wasn't working so I have fixed it now.)

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  6. Well done! How did you manage to get close enough to the front to get some decent picture? Was it the early start? When we went a couple of years ago it was absolutely heaving with people and impossible to get a really good view of some of the more popular gardens. A good day out for hardy folk!

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    1. Yes a great day out. I think the early start really helped. It was definitely more busy by the afternoon, but by then we had seen the main gardens. Would love to go again!

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