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Chelsea – a sneaky peek


The so-called “greatest flower show on earth” opens its doors to the public tomorrow morning. On your behalf, dear readers, I have been rubbing shoulders with celebrities and enjoying a sneak preview of the Chelsea Flower Show at press day today.

The show gardens are, as ever, fabulous works of art with many exquisite planting schemes. chelsea flower show 2014 Foxgloves were very popular again this year and lupins featured in several gardens. lupins at the chelsea flower show

With many blue/white/pink herbaceous planting schemes around, Alan Titchmarsh’s first Chelsea garden in 30 years was refreshingly different and based on moorland sloping down to the coast.

chelsea alan titchmarsh garden I loved this moss in one of the smaller artisan gardens, and am wondering if it would be difficult to copy at home… detail of moss at chelsea flower show

In the floral pavillion, schoolchildren were on hand at the Miracle-Gro stand to explain their experiments in growing the same plant in different types of soil/compost. A brilliant idea that I will be copying with school gardening clubs.

chelsea compost experiment The ‘strangest item of the day’ award went to a 6ft dinosaur with rosebud tongue. chelsea dinosaur

At times it was difficult to concentrate on the gardens due to the high number of celebrities wandering around so I’ll finish with the name-the-celebrity game. (Apologies for the Hello!/OK!-style lapse, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.)

jerry hall at the chelsea flower show rowan atkinson at the chelsea flower show monty don at the chelsea flower show chelsea celebs chelsea celebs


2 thoughts on “Chelsea – a sneaky peek

  1. I’m pleased to know about the Miracle Gro compost experiment; it’s something that I’ll be checking out on Saturday when I go. I have a feeling I’ll be glad to lurk in the Pavilion as rain is forecast so it’s lovely to see your photo of the lupins in the sunshine! That moss is amazing – did you talk to the designer about how it was done? I love how they’re available for a chat on Press Day!

  2. The moss was fabulous and, not surprisingly, won a gold medal plus best artisan garden. I didn’t manage to get any tips about how it was done as we were all ushered away from the garden as the RHS judges arrived. Curiously, someone did make a reference to it being glued on!

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