The Royal Horticultural Society’s 2012 Show tested the patience and ingenuity of all contributors to the limit – the two year drought conditions triggering a hosepipe ban in the eastern part of Britain ...
... which once announced allowed the heavens to open giving us the wettest April in living memory, together with a particularly chilly cold snap – very unpleasant it has been!
This year was the 99th annual Chelsea Flower Show – though the War years were missed – while it has always been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital bordering on the Embankment along that part of the River Thames known as Chelsea Reach, clearly shown at the bottom in this portion of Stanford’s Map of Central London, 1897 (left).
The first day during which the awards were made welcome the Royal Family, friends and celebrities, RHS members visit on days two and three, then the great British public can come in for days four, five and six – the last day being the day of the great sell off ...
|Day six - Going Home!|
... when people go home with trees under their arms, the tube becomes full of plants, the buses garner baskets of flowers, and cabs generously allow their fee paying passengers to be accompanied by all sorts ... plants, pots, tools, et al ... it looks fun, but I’m glad it’s not me!!
|The Chapel, Royal Hospital|
Chelsea: 1681 - 1691 by
Sir Christopher Wren
In 1913 there were 244 exhibitors, while today there were 550 ... and they are allowed 25 days to put up their Gardens, plant and bring in their displays.
Where in the world would you go to visit a Flower Show ... well Royal Chelsea – the plants should be stars ... all colours of the rainbow were on show ... especially anything queenly or in red, white and blue ...
As usual there were lots of innovative ideas ...
... the Queen’s Corgis in flower format ... Prince William said that one thing he would change when he comes to power will be the corgis ... he says “they’re barking all the time ... I don’t know how she copes with it!”
|Chelsea Pensioners starring|
with Diarmuid Gavin's
Chelsea pensioners starred with the multi-storey magical Pyramid Garden built by Diarmuid Gavin – he was awarded the Most Creative Show Garden award ... and at 80 foot high (24 m) it’s probably not surprising ...
... it was a 7 tiered garden which features a lift, a cafe, a helter skelter, work studio and greenhouses among its 5,000 plants and trees ... and just towered over the show gardens and flower pavilions below.
|David Austen's new Jubilee Rose|
Tree bark featured amongst the plantings ... Prunus Maackii ‘Amber Beauty’ features, as did the new David Austen Jubilee roses, Astrantia Major, Mathiasella bupleuroides ...
Things keep happening in this little land of ours ... and flowers always seem to fascinate us and amuse – I took a scented red rose from the garden here ... at least it has roses, there’s not much else to pick ... to give my mother some pleasure.
Well that’s Chelsea ticked off the list before the rest of the summer jaunts catch me ill prepared ...
I’ll away to start the next post!
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