Chelsea Flower Show 2014
The Chelsea Flower Show was big! An hour of prime time television was given over to Chelsea highlights each evening for five nights.
I arrived at Chelsea in London on Wednesday morning to sunshine. Although my main interest was the show gardens, I was also blown away by nursery suppliers showing the latest plant varieties.
Experienced designers and many new designers competed in all three categories of Show, Fresh and Artisan Gardens. There were many stunning gardens particularly in the show garden category and I have included photographs of a few favourites.
Whilst the themes and design styles varied, the majority included at least one garden bed of beautiful annuals and perennials. Lupins were very popular and all the plants were in perfect condition.
The Great Pavilion housed display gardens and nursery displays. Nursery displays were very impressive and plants included roses, clematis, orchids, bulbs, cacti and succulents, peonies, hostas, ferns, lupins, bonsai, palms, ornamental grasses and sedge, bamboos and much more.
My favourite was an Acer stand consisting of mainly Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple), accessible from all sides, and packed with numerous varieties differing in form and foliage colour and shape.
Companies and several countries created some wonderful exhibits. Outdoors, a very large number of suppliers displayed their products including some stunning pots shown below.