RHS Chelsea 2015

And so to RHS Chelsea and despite of the cold, wrap up warm if you’re going, and early visit to The Red Cross tent to get my still recovering sprained ankle dressed, it was utterly glorious. I’ll keep the talk brief because I took about three hundred photos of the show gardens and the floral marquee and would like to share as many as possible.

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One final tale. I thought I recognised the gentleman handing out the planting plans at the Chatsworth Garden and on spur of the moment said to him ‘Are you Deborah’s son?’ he looked a little confused and stammered around his reply he seemed to suddenly realise what I meant and replied ‘Of course I am’ we laughed a little bit and then talked about his wonderful mother Debo Mitford.  Perhaps not the conventional way to approach a Duke but there you go.


The gardens featured here are in order of  the photographs:

The M&G Garden ‘The Retreat’ designed by Jo Thompson

Setabale ‘Hope In Vulnerability’ designed by Matthew Keightley

Cloudy Bay ‘The Cloudy Bay Garden’ designed by David and Harry Rich

Homebase ‘Urban Retreat’ designed by Adam Frost

Albari ‘The Beauty of Islam’ designed by Kamelia Bin Zaal

Husqvarna and Gardena ‘The Time In Between’ designed by Charlie Albone

‘The Hidden Beauty of Kranji’ designed by John Tan and Richard Toh

The RHS ‘Great Chelsea Garden Challenge Garden’ designed by Sean Murray

Laurent Perrier ‘Chatsworth Garden’  designed by Dan Pearson

Brewin Dolphin ‘The Brewin Dolphin Garden’ designed by Darren Hawkes

The best on line information is available in the links and I do have all of the plant plans so if there are any questions please ask.

Alternatively you can browse the gardens and the awards they received on the RHS website here.

I’m linking this post to Annie’s How Does Your Garden Grow over at her blog Mammasaurus.


This weekend sees the return of the Big Garden Birdwatch, the annual event organised by the Royal Society of Protection to Birds (RSPB)  to survey our local wildlife.  Now in it’s 36th year this is a countrywide initiative in which half a million people are expected to take part, providing an invaluable picture of how our garden birds are doing and highlighting any problems or trends in population and behaviour.

Blue Tit RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s easy to become involved, all you need to do is register on their website, spend an hour in your garden, allotment or local park making a note of what you see and then give your feedback.