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Archive for May 20th, 2008

The Chelsea chop

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Even the Jamaican Prime Minister is there, so where’s Monty?

Joe Swift and Alan Titschmarsh make very uncomfortable bedfellows, Swift watching Alan (Are we only allowed one Sir Alan at one time?) with a cagey grin, their catch up sessions on the BBC2 Chelsea show at least seem unrehearsed; you couldn’t fake Swift’s weary glances or relief when Alan’s retelling of the Queen visiting his show garden actually turned out to be amusing.

Elsewhere, did they feature Rachel de Thames’ LK Bennett Urban garden, inspired by 50s and 60s fashion? I think it looked modern, expensive and satisfying with roses and peonies encircling – ‘townies aspiring for an English country garden’ achieved with style. I hope she gets a medal, especially after the ‘uproar’ her comments on garden designers training have caused. It seems small minded to say she’s only on TV, or got sponsorship for her Chelsea garden because of her looks – she obviously has talent. Tall poppy syndrome then? (Groan, I know).

The interactive footage on BBC, a personal tour with Carol Klein, is brilliant, her interaction with the exhibitors is genuine and her enthusiasm for small alpines or eucalyptus is charming. My only gripe is you can’t see more than five of the show gardens.. why only five? If you’re so inclined and you’ve paid your TV license, let’s have all of them.

Elsewhere in my garden, I’ve finally got the garden organised, planted out all the seedlings and planted up my hanging baskets; all productive this year, strawberries and tomatoes. I’ve hung the strawberries out the front, high enough that kids and snails can’t easily reach them.

Written by Victoria

May 20, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Posted in Garden, TV