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Sloane Square, ready. Sun shining, tick. May 21st, it must be the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Alliums may not be top of the pops at the show this year but they are still number one for the bees.

Artisan gardens are hugely popular. Green Switch by Kazuyuji Ishihara rightly achieved an eleventh gold and drew the crowds.

Glorious acers and moss and room to park the motorcycle. A natural combination. Perhaps. The planting is exquisite.

The garden created by Tom Stuart Smith for RHS Bridgwater Garden, Salford Greater Manchester was full of wonderful planting combinations. Supposedly highlights of the 154 acre garden to be completed in 2020 this will most certainly be worth a visit.

Cornus kousa

The show gardens are covered in great detail by the BBC. I found their coverage somewhat obtrusive today.

Sure the film crews have a job to do but actually they were in the way on several gardens we were trying to view. RHS you seem to have forgotten that the paying public want to see the gardens not the back of the camera man and his equipment.

The D-Day 75 garden was a poignant tribute to the last surviving Normandy veterans. I am not sure if it has had any coverage. Designed by John Everiss it is hoped that the garden can be rebuilt on a site above Arromanches by 6/6/19 as a tribute to the veterans who now are approaching 100 years of age. DDay 75 is the link to the crowdfunding page.

M&G investments are once again sponsors of this years Show. Their garden by designer Andy Sturgeon was masterful. Described as green planting, I rather liked some of these planting combinations.

A brief roundup of my visit. Lots of glorious sights.

To finish


Good night. D.