Perusing the Pavilion: The RHS Chelsea flower Show 2014.


Perusing the Pavilion: The RHS Chelsea flower Show 2014.

The Great Pavillion

The Great Pavillion

I recently had the opportunity to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I’d last visited the show about 10 years ago and found it very packed with people and extremely difficult to move about.  However I decided when the tickets went on sale earlier this year to give it another go.

Now although I did just about get all around the show, i’m not going to dwell on the show gardens in this post, mainly because other bloggers have covered this area much more eloquently than I think I could.

I’m going to concentrate on the Great Pavillion, because thats where the plants are!

War Horse.

War Horse.

Heucheras by Plantagogo.com

The War Horse is jumping from the Darkness into the light, this is represented by dark coloured foliage on the right of the picture, and the bright colourful varieties on the left of the picture.  A Gold Medal Winning Display.

Hardys Cottage garden Plants

Hardys Cottage garden Plants

This was one of my favourite displays of the day, I am a big fan of Hardys Plants, such a wide and interesting range of plants available, and they attend most shows I visit, so lots of buying opportunities to be had. It was also one of the largest displays within the Pavilion with a path running through the display that you were allowed to walk on, quite unusual for a Chelsea display.

I took pictures of several plants that I really liked the look of, and added a few to my ‘must buy list’.!

Trollis 'Dancing Flame'

Trollis ‘Dancing Flame’

Lathrus niger

Lathyrus niger

A lovely little pink pea plant.

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red'

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Lady in Red’

A lovely dark maroon leaved Physocarpus, I keep photographing this plant at the shows I go to, i’m going to have to find room for one I think.

Geum 'Totally Tangerine

Geum ‘Totally Tangerine

Another plant i’ve liked for a while, this appeared to be all over the show in various displays.

Paeonie 'Copper Kettle'

Paeonia ‘Copper Kettle’

This was a stunning plant, thats on my must buy list, I’ve since found it for sale as Kopper Kettle as well. Also it appears to command quite a high price from some nurseries, so I may have to bide my time for a while until the prices come down.

The Hardys stand was a Gold Medal winning display, and very well deserved.

Hooksgreen Herbs and the World of Peter Rabbit.

Hooksgreen Herbs and the World of Peter Rabbit.

A sweet little Greenhouse, a small veg patch of Herbs and Veg, some edible flowers such as Nasturtiums.

Everything crammed in.

Everything crammed in.

Not very realistic with everything crammed in together, no slug damage either, but a lovely sweet little patch with some very nice features dotted within the display.

Interloper in the watering can.

Interloper in the watering can.

A also liked the way that the back of the display had very good attention to detail as well.

Good attention to detail.

Good attention to detail.

Growing well in the wall as you would expect to find in a natural setting. Hooksgreen Herbs and the World of Beatrix potter Attraction was a Gold winning display.

There were other Veg displays to be seen.

W Robinson. (Seeds & Plants)

W Robinson. (Seeds & Plants)

W Robinson’s (they of the Mammoth Onion seed), have been exhibiting at Chelsea for many years, they have evolved their stand from showing just the veg, to showing the veg still attached to the plants, it was an interesting display showing many different varieties of plants that can be eaten.

Purple Beans.

Purple Beans.

The Judges Awarded a Silver-Gilt flora. Which I though was a bit harsh.

Culm view.

Culm view.

Culm View Nursery had a nice display of Candelabra Primulas and various Poppies, amongst other things.

The Ladybird Poppy.

The Ladybird Poppy.

The Ladybird Poppy was another plant that appeared to be present on just about every other stand.

Aquilegia 'Clementine Salmon'

Aquilegia ‘Clementine Salmon’

I spotted this small and gorgeous Aquilegia ‘Clementine Salmon in the display, a nice colour with upward facing flowers. what happens to it in the rain, we can only imagine. This was added to my ‘to buy list’ however I have since found cheap seed available from another nursery, but don’t tell anyone. 😉  Culm view won a Gold Medal.

Southwest in Bloom

Southwest in Bloom

A lovely big bright display from South West in bloom, which shows quite a few out of season plants. This display won a Gold Medal and A Diamond Jubilee Award.

 

Woodland Plants

Woodland Plants

A display of Woodland Plants from Harveys Garden Plants, who received a Silver-Gilt Medal.

Avon bulbs

Avon bulbs

This was a spectacular display of bulbs and associated plants by Avon bulbs, They were awarded a Gold Medal for their display.

Lunaria annua Chedglow

Lunaria annua Chedglow

Lunaria annua Chedglow was one of their star plants, this plant has been highlighted on several Gardening programmes in recent months, and I couldn’t help noticing that the seed that they had for sale for this plant was much more expensive than any other seed that they had on offer. Perhaps i’m being slightly cynical… 😉

Tulip Abbu Hassan.

Tulip Abbu Hassan.

 

A stunning Tulip Abbu Hassan, this plant is becoming more popular these days, i’m seeing it everywhere.

Delphiniums

Delphiniums

Delphiniums on the Blackmore and Langdon stand, who were awarded a Silver Medal.

Lupins. (as Filmed by everyone).

Lupins. (as Filmed by everyone).

Lupins from Westcountry Nurseries, who were awarded a Gold Medal.

Traditional Herbaceous planting.

Traditional Herbaceous planting.

A nice display from Primrose Bank Nurseries.

I spotted a lovely pale yellow Trollis thats now on the must buy list.

TROLLIUS x cultorum 'New Moon'

TROLLIUS x cultorum ‘New Moon’

Pelargoniums

Pelargoniums

A glorious fiery display of Pelargoniums by the Gold Medal Winning Fibrex Nurseries.

What now follows are a few random outside pictures….

Aquilegias

Aquilegias

Obelisk.

Obelisk.

Giant Glass aquilegia

Giant Glass Aquilegia

Nice, but a pricey way to grow tomatoes.

Nice, but a pricey way to grow tomatoes.

Every display Greenhouse became popular during a Thunderstorm.

Every display Greenhouse became popular during a Thunderstorm.

Erm.... No.

Erm…. No.

Twool Sheep. (Twine made from wool)

Twool Sheep.
(Twine made from wool)

 

And finally, if you’ve lasted this far, then thank you,

I’m going to leave you with a picture of my favourite thing from the entire show…..

Snooze.

Snooze.

Thats how I felt when I got home.

Happy Growing and  stay dry.

Pending Plants and Random Removals…


Pending Plants and Random Removals…

The Easter break has provided me with ample opportunity to get out into the garden and have a right good old go at my beds and borders. The greenhouse seed factory is in full swing, with every surface occupied with a seed tray of seedlings.

A rather fancy Panoramic view of my 6x8 Greenhouse.

A rather fancy Panoramic view of my 6×8 Greenhouse.

Everything is coming along well, every seedling is a different species of flower.

We are still having the occasional cold snap at night, but so far, with the Greenhouse wrapped up tight at night, nothing has suffered.

I’ve taken the opportunity with the Easter break to address the problem I have of increasing amounts of plants in pots waiting to be planted.

These consist of plants i’ve either bought from plant fairs and flower shows, or plants i’ve propagated myself from either cuttings or seed.

I have an annoying habit of seeing a nice plant, buying it, then afterwards wandering aimlessly around my garden wondering where I’m going to plant it……..  Then there are the impulse buys… I’ll return to those shortly.

Plants in pots waiting to be planted...

Plants in pots waiting to be planted…

Primulas I’ve raised from seed waiting to be planted, and pots of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ needing a home, and 2 ferns I forgot I bought.

Perennials successfully raised from seed needing planting out now.

Perennials successfully raised from seed needing planting out now.

And trays of the hardy annual of Calendula Officinalis ‘Indian Prince

Calendula.

Calendula.

So far this Easter I’ve managed to plant out most of my pending plants in various locations throughout my garden, but there are some plants that I already have enough of or just don’t have the best aspect for them to thrive. I was able to pass on the Ophiopogon and a tray of seed raised Primulas to a nearby tweeting Gardener who has a most splendid garden.

But during my cogitations in wondering where I could fit all these plants in I began to notice that many existing plants in my garden have really spread out and become a bit of a nuisance.  When I first got my hands on the garden about 10-11 years ago I planted a pack of 20 Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’, after each flowering about 100 seeds fell from each seed head and in time these became new plants, these flowered for the first time last year and were quite disappointing, small, insipid and watery colours emerged, I had intended to remove some of the plants after flowering this year, but decided to just bite the bullet this week and get it over and done with.

Alliums everywhere.

Allium everywhere.

About 50% of the Allium aflatunense with the broad grey leaves in this picture have been dug out, and the 2 clumps of Allium sphaerocephalon which looks like 2 clumps of grass in the foreground were also removed leaving me lots of potential planting spaces.

I’ve also got my eye on thinning out some of these Allium and Helleborus in the below picture.

Plants in peril...?

 

And finally, I did mention earlier in my blog about impulse buys, well sometimes there are occasions when wandering around other people’s gardens that you see a plant that you just must have, and one such occasion recently that happened to me….

I was gazing over the borders of a fellow local gardeners garden when I spotted a most glorious Magnolia in full flower, now I’ve quite fancied a Magnolia for my garden for ages, but have never really found ‘the right one’.

Well I was informed that the glorious Magnolia I had spotted was a  Magnolia × loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’.

After a quick search round on the internet I located a specimen and it just happened to be half price, bargain!!……. duly ordered, the plant arrived a few days later…

Impulse buy.

Impulse buy.

A lovely nice big plant, which I planted in record time, although a Pulmonaria saccharata was sacrificed in order to make room.

In-fact I’ve made quite a few impulse buys from online Nurseries in recent months, and as a result I’ve planted some very nice plants around the garden, I’ll cover those another time.

For now, happy gardening, and roll on Summer.

oh look…

A tray of Lupins that need planting somewhere..?!

What can I dig out in order to get these planted..?

What can I dig out in order to get these planted..?