Not a Chelsea Flower Show Garden

This week was 'Chelsea' week, when probably the most famous flower show in the world was going on in London.  RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW is the biggest horticultural event in Great Britain and I, like millions of other gardeners, am addicted to the coverage it gets on the tv, radio, and in the newspapers. 


I sometimes think some of the gardens are pretty weird and it sort of bothers me that we only see the garden designs for a week.  They are perfect for the time the show is on but what would they look like after the spring flowers have gone? 


I mean, you must live with your garden all year round.  And the designers use so much hard landscaping. My tiny back garden would look like a parking lot!


Almost every show garden has a giant water feature or huge sculpture as a focal point.  I am sure they would disapprove of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Peter Rabbit living in my garden. 


I've even heard that garden gnomes are banned from Chelsea!  Mind you, the designers do have a sense of humour.  I heard it said the traditional Chelsea design was a plot with a 'shack in the back', even though the 'shacks' costs thousands of Pounds to construct.


Don't misunderstand me, it's a great way to learn about plants and planting combinations.  A friend of mine said the Chelsea Flower Show Gardens are like the catwalk shows put on by fashion designers.  It's all about inspiration. 


So, after all the Chelsea telly programs are over, I go out and enjoy my 'not a Chelsea Flower Show' garden.  I have been inspired.... I've named a self-sown seedling Clive the Chive.  

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  1. Your garden is lovely. I also have self sown chives, they are growing in a crack between the cement in the yard!

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    1. Thank you, Janice. : D Isn't amazing how plants will find a home for themselves. Often it's in the most unlikely place but they always seem to thrive when they choose the spot.

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  2. Don't sell yourself (and your lovely garden short) Chelsea was brilliant but not meant as a comparison. More inspiration really.

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    1. Thank you , Anita. Lovely as those designer gardens are, I rather think a real garden evolves with the gardener. I don't think a real garden is ever finished but always changing.

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  3. I thought I was seeing photos of the Chelsea garden until you said this is YOUR garden. I think it's beautiful! Your espalier is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! I love espalier trees and think every garden should have at least one. Thank you for visiting the blog.

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