It has been a slightly giddy, over the top kind of day, made even more intense by catching the first train at 5.40 am this morning. But it was worth it just to be walking along the embankment and into the Chelsea Flower Show at 7a.m. when it was all relatively quiet and the light was soft.
There are 17 show gardens and as usual, one or two of them had that stand-out quality.
The L’Occitane garden designed by James Basson is at the edge of a lavender field
Inspired by ancient oak woodland in the Exmoor National Park, Cleve Wests’ garden must be a contender for best in Show award. There are huge boulders and beautifully detailed stone walls sub-dividing the garden. Soft yellow flowers, aquilegias and the like and deep-red cirsium rivulare are dotted between airy grasses and plenty of foliage plants like epimedium.
and here’s the man himself taking photos of his garden.
The plant list for the garden is here
I liked this garden a lot too, I like the shape of the building stretching out over the clear pool, the shapely pine trees and wild planting.
It’s designed by Sam Ovens for Cloudy Bay, unfortunately there isn’t a plant list.
So many lovely gardens and the plant marquee was heavenly, more tomorrow.
Are you going to the show this week or watching it on television, whats your favourite garden?