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RHS Chelsea flower show, delights of the trades

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Of course Chelsea isn’t just about the show gardens, they do make up a huge and important part of the show but there’s so many other parts to it, like the trade stands. These displays all focused around their products, can hold not only great products but also great plants and ideas.

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Niwaki not only had great Japanese pruning tools but an even better way to find a lost loved one in the crowds. Think They missed a trick and should of charged for each person found!

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Griffin glasshouses stand made you think that could well be your greenhouse in your garden, although wouldn’t be mine as there was no dead plants in corners, compost everywhere and far too tidy, at least I could dream

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I am a sucker for clay pots and these are stunning, love the box in there as well

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Now I just loved these sculptured flower buds or seed heads, really gave great contrast next to the box balls and alliums, great looking product.

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img 5456 1 RHS Chelsea flower show, delights of the tradesGot to say give the Hartley Botonical’s stand a mechion brilliantly designed by the Garden Ninja aka Lee who have only been a designer for 3yrs, first time at a show and wins the best trade stand for the design, top bloke as well. welldone fella!

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A no frame glasshouse looked amazing but how practical would it be?

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Sorry had to add this sign and how true is it!

Lastly there was the Great Pavillon and this was filled with plant delights and stands that took your breathe away, it is wonderful to met and talk to the growers and the people you spent ages building the stands. I really enjoy wondering around taking in the sites and smells that came from them all. I was there on the last day of the show and yet the stands were still looking great. Only one small negative point for me was the tickets added to the plants as people brought them, seeing cloakroom tickets scattered all over a stand really makes them look ugly and takes away from the otherwise beauty of the stand, these starting appearing from mid day and it did spoil my enjoyment of some of them. That was a small negative and I know Nurseries want to sell of the plants but there must be a slightly better way of doing it. Other wise some of the stands where stunning

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Have to say the Hillier Nurseries gold winning stand was in my top 3 for all the gardens I saw, expertly designed and built, I loved the plants and planting, so well thought out

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Burncoose is one of my favourite Nurseries and with so many stunning plants unavailable from anywhere else, it’s no wonder why

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As are Hardys cottage plants, always great range and quality of plants from them, with stands that are just so beautiful as well thought out

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And let’s not forget DownDerrys excellent stand full of lavender, again a real eye catcher

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The Eucalyptus stand I though was also excellent, showing their wide range of uses and well as the range of plants that can be grown, a much under rated plant

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David Austin roses never fail to excite, not only with a mix of new roses but also some great classics shining though

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And the same with Peter Beales roses, love the old ruin effect filled with one of my favourite plants

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As for this clematis stand by Raymond Evison Just blew me away, so well thought out and just full of colour

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And this stand highlighting the British cutflower industry summed the whole show up for me, full of colour, excellent use of plants, many being used in a skillful way, to highlight different causes while entertaining you and delighting the eyes.

I throughly enjoyed the day, seeing the hard work and pride so many parts or our industry take on putting on what is a showing off the best of our industry. A big thank you goes to Griffin Glasshouses for the tickets

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The Gardens of Rhs Chelsea 2018

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I was lucky enough to spend the last day at the RHS Chelsea flower show after winning a couple of tickets from Griffin Greenhouses. It was my first visit to Chelsea since 2005 so I was very excited to see the delights the show has to offer. This is always seen as the foremost flowershow in the uk, if not the world, so it a great place not just to see the new trends and thoughts coming though but also the new plants. It is also a great place to meet the growers on the stands in the grand marquee. But things have also changed with the type of sponsors on the garden, with more and more charity’s using the show to highlight their work and the plight of people from around the world. These gardens really do help to bring the work or highlight the issues that they are raising so well and it is amazing to see their message being highlighted by the skill of the designer and the beauty of plants and materials. This was my favourite from all the charity gardens img 5421 The Gardens of Rhs Chelsea 2018img 5419 The Gardens of Rhs Chelsea 2018img 5417 The Gardens of Rhs Chelsea 2018img 5415 The Gardens of Rhs Chelsea 2018

The Supershoes, laced with hope garden. This garden was designed reflecting a child’s cancer journey and of course their family. I thought the winding seat and most wonderful mural painted on the back, all leading to the statues at the back of a child and parent was a excellent idea with the underplanting being a mix of lupins, irises, alliums, geums reflecting the dark and also bright moments of the cancer journey, yes colours could of been done from the darker side of first being told that you have cancer to the lighter moments saying you are cured but every journey is different and child have the ability to find joy in the most darkest of times. Well worth checking out Supershoes charity at www.supershoes.org.uk

The main avenue show gardens were indeed stunning gardens, so well designed and built, they did all however suffer from the same problem at the time of my visit, everyone wanted to see them and it was like a polite rugby scrum to get up close to look at them, with every space made by departing viewers, fought by pushing and elbowing until you got to the front. Even when you got there, you had to contend with the airplane photographers, you all know the ones who stick their elbows out at 45 degree angles to take the pics and you end up with a nice pic of their elbows. Tbh I gave up after 3 goes, found it too much for me and it’s such a shame the RHS couldn’t find a better controlled way to let people admire the gardens, a slow moving line maybe? That way you could see the gardens the full length as they are designed and built to be seen instead of a little segment whilst having an elbow inserted into your side. That said, the ones I did see were rather very good and here’s a selection below of some of the great designs and building I got close too

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This was the first one I saw and it was sponsored by the show sponsors M&G investments, designed by the very talented Sarah Price and but by Crocus. Its Mediterranean style garden, focused on plants that need less water, really well thought out garden that won a gold metal.

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I loved the planting on this garden designed by Jo Thompson, built by Bespoke Outdoor spaces and sponsored by Wedgewood. I felt the garden was a lovely cool space that I certainly could relax and enjoy in. Another gold medal here

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This garden sponsored by Greenlip, designed by Dr Catherine McDonald and built by landform consultants was filled by members of the pea family with the lupins really stealing the main show. I loved the fact that the whole garden was filled by the same family, showing off the whole diverse forms of the pea. Another gold medal garden

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This garden designed by Laurie Chapworth and Patrick Collins, sponsored by Creativiersal and built by Tendercare, the Wuhan water garden was designed to be seen from all sides and was inspired by the natural and city environments in the Hubei province in China, I liked the idea but did find it a little bit of a mix for me. It won a bronze medal

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Now this was a stand I wanted to play on and I will be honest and say it was the only one I saw, I would love to add to my own little garden, it was designed and built by Architectural Plants, the treehouse garden was just divine, great planting and a stunning well built tree house, just perfect place! Can just imagine my work office up there, sliding down when I ran out of cake and tea!

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This garden just bowled me over by its design! Yes it is designed with cricket in mind, sponsored by British Council, designed by Sarah Eberle and build by Belderbos landscapes, it was designed with both India and England’s love of cricket and the dreams of young Indians growing up in India, won a silver gilt medal

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I loved this garden by Kazuyuki Ishihara, sponsored by G-Loin. The Japanese hospitality garden is just so full of detail, from the moss right though to the waterfalls and just the natural look of the garden, made it look like it had been there for years, it was the only garden I saw that made me feel it had not just been build, stunning stunning garden, won a gold medal and best Artisian garden

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And my last of the gardens I am highlighting, this is my style of garden! Called the A very English Garden, designed by Janine Cribbins, sponsored by The Claim Guys and built by Andrew Louden. Everything about this garden is brilliant, the planting, the very high standard stone work, it is indeed another garden I could see me doing at home. Really really impressive garden won a silver gilt medal and people’s choice of best artsian garden

This is the end of the second part of my 3 part look at Chelsea 2018 show, I hope you enjoyed it

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Eye catching plants from RHS Chelsea flower show

As ever I though it would be lovely to share some of the plants that really caught my eye at this years show. It isn’t them all as that would take weeks/months/years of writing and tbh I think you my lovely readers may get a little bored by then. So here’s just a few that made me look at them at least twice or even three times!

img 5233 Eye catching plants from RHS Chelsea flower showProteas are a plant that took my breathe away the first time I saw them on Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Scilly Isles. See them here at Chelsea, again took my breathe away. Just how beautiful are they, just sadly not Hardy in most of the uk. Oh nearly forgot, this is Protea cynaroides.

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Bonsai is becoming more popular and these stunning example of Pinus parvifolia, first started in 1854 is just amazing! To think that the work has been done by many people over the years, tendered with love and it’s still going strong! It would worry me like anything to have something that old, needing to be fed, watered and cared for, just in case in died on my watch, image that, the shame

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Lupins were hugely massive at Chelsea this year and this particular one called Towering Inferno was on a few show gardens and in the main marque, I love the brightness of the copper tones on this plant. Let’s hope it was the start of the lupin revival!

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Sorry/notsorry, had to add a rose into the mix, I loved this new David Austin rose not just for it’s simple clear open yellow flowers, that have a delightful scent but also the name is so nice as well, Tottering by Gently it is called and how rightly so!

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Ok this lavender didn’t leap out at me but never less did make me look a few times at it and it was so unusual I just had to include it, Virdis is the name and that means green, found it very calming for some reason

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Agaves have been a little favourite of mine for many years sadly don’t grow any at home, Although I think that maybe about to change, thought this one is adorable and was called Kichijokan

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Need a bit of bright colour in your garden? Can’t get much brighter and stunning than this Arctotis ‘Holly’ certainly one for my pots and containers this year

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Thought the clematis stands in the flower marque were outstanding! Everyone could of made the cut but in the end I chose this one called Sarah Elizabeth, there was just something about the colour I just loved

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Image the horror of seeing this fly catching plant, flying around in the one area you thought you were safe!

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As a family Lysimachii gets a lot of stick I think, some like creeping Jenny do want to take over the world and their bad name tarnishes the whole genus. This one however is just a stunner! Lysimachii atropurpurea Beaujolais is it’s name.

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No look at the plants of Chelsea for me would of been compete without a Peonia and this tree peonia again stopped me in my tracks, look at the range of colours and the delicate way it bows her head, almost like her stunning good looks embarrass her. Peonia x lemonia sounvier de maxime Cornu is her name.

Right that’s a brief look at some of the stunning plants I saw at RHS Chelsea, I hope you liked them and I will be sharing some of my favourite gardens and stands next time on the blog