It’s May, which for the last few years in our household has meant Chelsea Flower Show. The weather forecast wasn’t looking too promising for the Monday, but nothing could dampen our enthusiasm. We were in the showground by 07:45, and the rain was yet to hit. Being on photography duty I focused the morning on getting some nice shots of the main show gardens and then any specific shots that my wife needed from the floral marquee. Despite the weather I preferred the show this year compared to last year. This was mostly due to the quality and variety of the main show gardens. Not too many of the ‘corporate city banker’s garden’ look on show.
The first garden you hit when you arrive is Jo Thompson’s M&G Garden.
The planting on it was absolutely sumptuous. Being a big fan of cottage garden perennials, this was right up my street. I also love the idea of a natural swimming pool, although I did feel sorry for the 3 women who had to perform a synchronized swim in the rain for the expectant paparazzi. Having read the releases beforehand I thought I’d like this garden and I wasn’t wrong.
This was the first of what turned out to be MANY!! sightings of the orange Geum. Last year you couldn’t get stirred for Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’. This year the nurseries clearly had a job lot of Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’. Seen below under-planting some Cirsium.
I have no idea about the judging process but I know I loved some details on his garden such as this Verbascum.One Designer who was not disappointed with her silver-gilt was Kamelia Bin Zaal. Her striking white garden really stood out as something quite different.
One of the gardens that wasn’t being judged was that of Sean Murray. He won the opportunity to make a Chelsea garden through a recent BBC ‘reality’ garden design show. Normally reality shows get slated in the press or nowadays on twitter, however this one did seem to be well received.This design was meant to represent a front garden which could allow a car to be parked, yet still fit in some planting.There were some nice details on it. We are not averse to a bit of rust in our garden, so I wonder if we need to start collecting old cans…..
I had a chat with Dan and he explained that the ground plants were grown in mats, however you really would not know this. It looked like it had been there forever. He said that the garden had turned out better than he had hoped.
I hope you have enjoyed a quick look at some of the show gardens. In my next post I am going to show some more, and highlight the processes I went through in photographing the show; including some shots that didn’t make the cut…..