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Chelsea Flower show

We spent a long day at Chelsea Flower show yesterday. We scrutinised the gardens, and pondered on the judges opinions, we marvelled at the out of season plants in the floral marquee, and quizzed the accessories stall holders for information about gardening equipment and how best to use it.  We admired the sculptures and Garden furniture for gardens larger than our own, and dreamed about owning a fantastic greenhouse like those on show (ok that was just me!) Kim and I trailed the floral marquee spotting plant combinations and piling up the nursery catalogues and Jamie decided that that was too many plants in one go, and investigated all the tool stands.
The Television flower show coverage had made a lot of the show gardens main colour being green this year, with foliage plants much more in evidence than normal. For me, this made a lot of the gardens more believable with many of them planted to look good throughout the year, rather than for a couple of weeks in May. There were still plenty of purple, white and orange flowers used in the gardens, and we spotted purple Salvia, Thalictrum Thundercloud, Irises and Alliums being used many times with Silver foliage as well as green to brighten up the planting.
Kim's favourite garden was the Cleve West Garden for BUPA, with wonderful paths running round the garden to take you to different planting schemes. My favourite garden was an Urban small garden Called the Sky at night. Jamie liked the architectural plants like Cynara and Gunnera, and we all commented on the fact that the gardens look a lot smaller than on the Television.
I succumbed to the Strawberry offers on the Ken Muir stand. So in a couple of weeks I will be the proud owner of a Dulux Strawberry table top and some Guariguette and Chelsea Pensioner strawberry plants that will fruit within 60 days of planting.  Hopefully this £80 investment will drastically cut my soft fruit bill at the supermarket each week and will be an ongoing source of Williams favourite fruit for years to come.  Other than that we were very resPicture Chelsea colours trained on the spending front, but having picked up brochures from many of the nursery stands I may well be able to add a touch of Chelsea to mine and others gardens over the coming weeks.

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