By now the Royal Hospital grounds should be back to normal and this year's Chelsea Flower Show is fading into memory. Quite a lot of my show coverage this year was elsewhere on social media, so I'm taking the opportunity to scoop it all up and keep a record of it on here.
Before I do that, I wanted to take the opportunity to congratulate Tom Hoblyn on his Dubai Majlis show garden. This was quite a different take on what the Middle East has to offer and I loved the rusty linking elements together with the planted highlights using my colour of this year's show, yellow.
There were a lot of innovative displays in the Great Pavilion and this gold medal winning one by Roualeyn Nurseries was a delight, especially as I bought a 'Garden News' from them at Malvern.
Staying in the Great Pavilion, Kirstenbosch's display was awash with their signature native flora.
Green walls were everywhere, and I particularly liked its use as a map.
I'm in a choir rehearsing for a concert in July, so the "Choir of Lupins" display struck a particular chord ('scuse pun). Looking back at my photos of the Great Pavilion displays, the colour red is my dominant colour.
Colour wasn't the exclusive preserve of the Great Pavilion or the show gardens. The trade stands did their bit too.
It wasn't all about colour, here the Greenfingers show garden had green in spades... along with cool yellows to form a calming space at the heart of the Show.
King of Chelsea - would win People's Choice alongside his well deserved gold. From tiny plants seen at Hortus Loci in January, to show garden perfection. I wonder what Mark has in mind for Chelsea show garden #100 next year? I can't wait to find out!
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