The Chelsea Flower Show really is a feast for the eyes with wonderful examples of skill, expertise and creativity.
The trends this year are circular ponds, low clipped Pines, multi-stemmed trees ( see below) and mostly informal planting, though Tom Hoblyn used yakushimanum rhododendrons and conifers to great effect.
When I spoke to chief assessor and judge Andrew Wilson recently, he promised that the Show would be ambitious and inspirational and I can see exactly what he meant.
These are just some of my favourite Show Gardens:
The Laurent Perrier garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei:
The Irish Sky garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin, the largest garden ever built at Chelsea.
The Daily Telegraph garden designed by Cleve West:
The RBC New Wild Garden designed by Nigel Dunnett & The Landscape Agency, Mark Gregory, the landscape contractor, doing a bit of tidying:
The judges were busy today, a nerve-wracking moment for the exhibitors, the awards will be announced early tomorrow morning.
Are you going to be one of the 157,000 visitors to the Show this year?
If you didn’t manage to get a ticket, then you can watch it on the B.B.C. every lunchtime and evening this week.
I’m looking forward to sharing another blog tomorrow.