Chelsea 2015

Although I went to Chelsea last year I didn’t blog about it – for lots of reasons, but mainly because I didn’t get there until later in the week by which time a plethora of excellently written blogs had pretty much said all there was to say.

This year there are probably even more excellently written blogs, because you see this year in particular Chelsea 2015 seems to be, to quote Bill and Ted, most excellent.

I’m not going to wax lyrical about the various stylistic merits of any gardens or make a critique of every garden, instead I thought I would make a note of those little details that caught either my eye, my heart or stirred my imagination.

To start with you can’t beat the Artisan Gardens for their attention to the minutiae, well I suppose you have to given their size. I loved the forge on The Motor Neurone Disease Association Garden, it seems hard to imagine a few weeks ago it was a pile of bricks on a pallet until Twigs Gardens got their hands on them.

New Old Forge
New Old Forge

However my absolute favorite garden in this category was The Evaders Garden by Chorley Council, designed by the uber talented John Everiss.

A new Old Forge
My Favourite Artisan Garden 

I loved the transition in the planting either on side of the parachute path and the way the sun lit the stained glass. However it was the sculpture along side the beautifully built wall that gave this garden such emotion.

The Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability garden designed by Matt Keightley, was another garden to stir the soul. It’s hard to imagine that a garden so full of orange could be so restful but in the early morning light the garden glowed softly.

Soft Light as a new day dawns - Sentebale
Soft Light as a new day dawns – Sentebale

This was another garden that stirred the emotions with the children’s footprints on the path, simple, effective and quietly beautiful.

Subtle Detailing
Subtle Detailing

Moving on from gardens with amazing paths to gardens with gorgeous water. Water is a difficult one at Chelsea, the Plane tree mast not only chokes the visitor but also settles on any surface seemingly especially drawn to water features. This is not such an issue for a naturalistic swimming pond but an absolute nightmare for the sleek reflective water features in both The World Vision Garden and Breakthrough Breast Cancer Garden.

Black mirrors
Black mirrors

However due to amazing diligence with shrimping nets and filters neither of these gardens had dusty water to detract from the mirror like qualities of their garden pools. They also relied on perfect levels so hats off to their contractors

Shrimping action shot top left
Shrimping action shot top left

A couple of the walls caught me eye for separate reasons I loved the Mondrian like wall in The Telegraph garden, I couldn’t capture the details well but each piece had been beautifully crafted with shading and motif.

Leaf detailing
Leaf detailing

In stark contrast to the precision of The Telegraph Garden the sinuous curves of the Pure Land Foundation garden were so sculptural they added much to this small space. Again hats off to the contractors for making the designs such a fabulous reality.

Curvaceous
Curvaceous

Its hard to say which garden was my favorite because they all had something different to offer but my absolute favorite thing about Chelsea is, and probably always will be……….the plants………. both inside and out.

Verbascum and Stipa
Verbascum and Stipa
Orchids Hiding in plain sight -The Hidden Beauty of Kranji
Orchids Hiding in plain sight -The Hidden Beauty of Kranji
A tiny potting shed or is it a Hobbit House?
A tiny potting shed or is it a Hobbit House?
Hankering after P. 'Chun Cho'
Hankering after P. ‘Chun Cho’
One of a kind flower in The Great Pavilion
One of a kind flower in The Great Pavilion – Bluebell Cottage Nursery
Part of Hardy's Gold Display - Loving the Libertia
Part of Hardy’s Gold Display – Loving the Libertia
The Plants are the Stars
The Plants are the Stars
Sadly the perching bench was not for sale - unlike the Wildegoose Violas which were.
Sadly the perching bench was not for sale – unlike the Wildegoose Violas which were.

 

 

 

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