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My Chelsea Awards

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I had so many photos from the Chelsea Flower Show, and no idea how to order them or show them to you. In the end I decided to make my own awards list…..I hope you enjoy!

So, the first award is for the most inviting sights from the show….and these are the winners…

And the award for the most expensive, but also the most refreshing goes to….

Next we have the category you don’t want to see…the ugliest of the day….sorry designers and artists, but WHAT were you thinking?

A couple of ‘quirky’ winners for me were….

This gent would look so fab in Dawnsaunt’s pond…

And a paper wall in the Basildon Bond garden….

The next ones are the winners in the ‘Ah, that’s so lovely’ catagory….it was a very popular category!

And these are things I just thought were ‘so wonderfully darned clever’ that they deserved an award…

These next few get my award for ‘intrigue factor’….

And the prizes for the ‘So Arty’ entries go to ….

Most Picturesque moments of the day….

Awards for being ‘Different and Innovative’ go to….

….and for being brave and experimental…

Hardest of all to judge this year….‘Most Colourful’….these are all winners…

Now, these are the winners that really inspired me…..

And these are the ‘Warm the cockles of your Heart’ winners…

Sorry designers and nurserymen…but you lot were just totally O.T.T….

Now for a few of the most exciting moments of the day…

I’m afraid I couldn’t get a photo of the MOST exciting moment, which was when Alan T came up beside us to buy the same Emma Bridgwater mug that we had just bought…it seemed rude to take his pic, or Carol Klein looking very glamorous as she sidled up beside us at one of the displays to thank a nurseryman for his help…or Andy Sturgeon as he strolled past us on Main Avenue…but these things DID all happen, and made our day even more special…

The awards for the ‘Neatest in Show’ go to….

And now…..(drum roll)…the most ‘Must Have’ plants of Chelsea 2011….

Most disastrously over-stuffed design of the show goes to…..

‘Scariest’ and ‘Most Baffling’ in that order….

Talk about a close-up interview!!

And just ‘WHY’? White??

Dreamiest shots of the day…

…And the most surprising moments of the day..

Firstly because I’m not a fan of Bunny G, and I didn’t like this garden when I saw the plan, but…this was my third favourite garden of the day…..so that was a surprise…

…and this one …Eryngium alpinum ‘Blue Star’ really surprised my by being so beautiful. I’m not a fan of Eryngiums generally…so that’s another surprise!

We’re almost there, hang on in there….

Most exotic of the day…

AND FINALLY……(another drum roll)…..THE BEST….best design, loveliest planting, most beautiful hard landscaping, most evocative (reminded me of ruins at paphos somehow), garden I most wanted to sit in, loveliest in the evening sunlight, best use of water, most tasteful and overall…..yes, the judges were spot on….BEST IN SHOW! Cleve West for the Daily Telegraph…..Congratulations!!

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Wow wonderful pics Karen.... so much to see, ive been watching it all on the telly all week... How lovely to be able to go and see it all for real......

27 May, 2011

 

Wow! and Wow! again. Fantastic. Loved it all Karen, or mostly all. What a wonderful day you had. Lovely photos.

27 May, 2011

 

Wow! Thanks so much for posting all the pictures, you really get a feeling of being there - but without all the stresses of travelling and being shuffled around the place! You must have taken AGES to put all these pictures on GOY! What did you like most? I didn't like D. Gavin's AT ALL, from the telly, so pretentious and, dare I say, stupid with the flying garden! Cleve West's was lovely, but I didn't like the Australian one. Nice to see lots of astrantia, my favourite plant of all time, and I think I saw a pink cornus - lovely!

Absolutely loved the boxing hares - must get one of those for the garden when I win the lottery!

The heuchera stand was fascinating - who every thought?

27 May, 2011

 

Amazing Amazing, I loved the blog, the pictures are fantastic, the colours are amazing, I nearly bought that rose today, why did I not buy it? I shall go back and buy it on Tuesday, not before because I have three cricket matches this weekend. Scones scones and more scones. lol.
Some of that artwork is fantastic, some of the garden designers have a few marbles loose. Definitely a no no that blue carpet for me!! Who is the handsome one in the photo? Some people just have to have their mugshots in there don't they!! Thank you for the pictures, think I shall never go because of all the walking, the old legs are not up to it now plus don't think I could handle the crowds of people it must be exhausting trying to walk through that many folk all wanting to see the same as you. Thanks for the pictures they are fabulous. Really enjoyed them.

27 May, 2011

 

The heuchera stand was Vicky1's...she is on here. Her company is 'plantagogo'. They have a fab selection of plants. Sadly, when we arrived at the stand she was nowhere to be seen, shame. I hope she sees the blog when she gets back home after what must be a very tiring week!

My favourite thing of all has to be Hilliers stand. I've been three times now and every time it totally wows me. Makes me want to tear up all my lawn and plant loads and loads of trees and shrubs! The pink Cornus was on their stand....Kornus Kousa Satomi. I used to have it in my old garden and it is one of my favourite plants ever!

Glad you all enjoyed the blog! :))

27 May, 2011

 

Hi Karensusan! That looks like you had a brilliant time! Its going straight on to my favourites, because you'll never guess...I was taken by lovely hubby to Chelsea yesterday!! It was a surprise visit, I was told we had to go to an eight o'clock meeting on the far side of Dublin, so I was all organised to get up before the sparrows! He told me in the morning...did you all not hear the shrieks of delight! And for all you poor people who were suffering from drought, we brought you all a lovely big thundercloud full!!
Your pics are wonderful, and they are all of the things that we loved too! The gardens look so great in the sun, you were very lucky with the weather, they were hard to see in the hammering rain! But we were very happy, with us being self employed, we don't get many breaks, and we were back home for 11 o'clock! Lovely!

27 May, 2011

 

Glad you liked it mum.. Handsome one could be Toby Buckland or Chris Beardshaw...both on there somewhere...Toby is the one in the colourful garden and Chris is the one with Nicky Chapman.
You totally have to get that rose, as do I!! Do you remember Julia, the HT I used to love, it is a similar colour, but much, much deeper. I've always loved Peach in all it's hues, no idea why I don't grow more peachy flowers! What about the peach peony too!? Oh well, another reason to go plant shopping!! lol

27 May, 2011

 

Karen I have just been viewing Chelsea on the tv. as i have taped it all week and your pictures were so lovely to see to back up my thoughts exactly. Some crazy gardens and some serene, so beautiful, I did like the Irish garden and the Daily telegraph one too, simply gorgeous. Your photos are incredible and I will 'fave' them so I can look over them time and again. Glad you had a wonderful trip. Fab. blog.

27 May, 2011

 

I agree almost 100% with you Karen, I loved the second picture, thought it was a shame he only got silver gilt for it, I loved the rills. The pitcher plants were stunning but not for me..loved the Heucheras, Christine Walkden did a thing about them. Adored the hares and the deer and ponies (thank you for that shot among others) and the rhodos with with table in the middle, could just sit there with one of your expensive tipples!
Wonderful blog, fantastic photos, lucky you! Thanks a mill.
PS I have anemone leveillei and peony Coral Charm, they really are lovely.

27 May, 2011

 

A very nice selection of 'personal choice' pictures, Karen. I don't agree everything you said but that is the nature of gardeners. I enjoyed seeing the show through your eyes. Are you coming to give the same treatment to Gardening Scotland? I do hope so.

27 May, 2011

 

Thanks for showing your photo's i would love to go but does not seem fair to drag husband as he has no interest in gardening.Yours are the only pictures i have seen as i don't watch much tv

27 May, 2011

 

Oh Karen, I can hardly believe your energy in taking SO MANY pics, and then generously sharing them with us . . . thank you thank you! Love the Anemone levellei, and have never seen an Azalea bonsai in full flower like that (or Rhodo, whatever). So glad you had such a great day.

To Olive - I agree about the crowds - used to go but don't any more - try Malvern, it is very spacious!

27 May, 2011

 

You have really taken some superb photos, Karen and I reckon you must have the patience of a saint to get them all onto a blog...it must have taken ages!

The Azalea bonsai is spectacular....an abundance of blooms. My favourite Artisan garden (not in your photos but saw it on the Chelsea specials one night) was the small Welsh garden with the little cottage. Just my kind of place to chill :)

I would find it hard to choose a favourite from all your photos...I'll have to save this blog so I can revisit it again as it's so much to take in. Thank you so much for sharing your Chelsea day with us.

btw....was that a Pimms you had? It looked very refreshing :)

27 May, 2011

 

Karen, I loved the wire sculptures and found Laura Antebi's website...

http://www.thewirestudio.co.uk/

....spectacular sculptures...and she's based in Scotland :)

27 May, 2011

 

Just Excellent !!!!!

27 May, 2011

 

I agree with Paul... I feel like i have been to Chelsea Karen, Fantastic blog..

27 May, 2011

 

Excellent blog and excellent photies. Well done.

27 May, 2011

 

great blog, it adds much more than the tv shows have managed and I been glued to them.. I'd love to go too one day..

27 May, 2011

 

Thats it I'll have to go. Daft question maybe, but can you actually buy things at chelsea?

27 May, 2011

 

Glad you had a great time Karen,and your pics are wonderful..I love Cleve West designs,his was one of my favourites when I went ,a few years ago.It was nice to see your opinions on the displays too..thanks for sharing your lovely day at Chelsea..:o)

27 May, 2011

 

Kfunsters...not a daft question at all. You can't buy plants to take away with you, but lots of the nurseries have 'Chelsea Specials' for mail order....e.g. my friend Denise bought six herbs for £18, good size, you could choose which you wanted from their nursery stock, delivery included. There are lots of opportunities for shopping for garden sundries, ornaments etc. which you can take away with you. The only day you can buy the plants is on Saturday at the big sell-off. That's something to see, everyone carrying big standard fuchsias and delphiniums etc. on to the tubes and buses...hilarious!

Thanks to everyone else for looking at my blog.....it's nice that some of you agreed with my opinions, but it's also good that we don't all like the same things isn't it! Denise and I hardly agreed on any of our favourite plants or gardens. She really loved all the wild natural plantings and Luciano Giubbilei was her favourite designer...but oh, she did love those wire horses! The sculptor is based in Ayreshire (I heard her speaking to someone else). I wonder if she does smaller scale works....mmmmm.....

27 May, 2011

 

Thank you so much for this blog Karen...think this was a better guided tour than the tv version ! You managed to pack so many really interesting things in those fabulous photos, far superior to the tv's efforts...I do love watching it..but wish there wasn't so much mundane chatter in between shots !
If I commented on everything above ,I'd be here all day,..suffice to say....you've got a gold !:o)

28 May, 2011

 

Yup, my conclusion too, definitely a Gold for your blog, Karen. Brilliant.

28 May, 2011

 

Fantastic blog, Karen, really enjoyed that, i do love that Sinocallycallycanthus shrub which you have one of those dont you, this has got to go on my list for some stage, will have to look out for that one at the Gardeners World Live show. Looks like you had a fabulous time, been looking out for you on the telly!!

28 May, 2011

 

This is a really entertaining and beautiful blog, Karen. So pleased you enjoyed Chelsea and many thanks for sharing your pics with us. : o ))

28 May, 2011

 

Lovely pics, and my favourite is the two boxing hares, fabulous - I too really liked Bunny G's garden, although it has to be said that by end of June, you'd have difficulty walking along those paths because the plants would take up the space. Surprisingly for me, I actually liked Dairmuid's garden - whacky, but actually really attractive with all that clipped box and yew. I might get myself a ticket again for next year - trouble is, I always forget to book one in time, so I made it last year, but not this. Looks like you had good weather too...

28 May, 2011

 

p.s Karen, I didn't mean all the chatter was mundane, a lot of it is very informative, it's just that sometimes it feels as though they are filling in time, when instead of showing the presenters in their little hidey-hole ,the cameras could be panning round the show !

28 May, 2011

 

Yes Judy, I know what you mean....it gets a bit frustrating, especially the lunch time coverage, which I find quite dull.
Thank you for your kind comments.

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. I didn't think this blog would be so appreciated.....it's quite a long one, but thank you all, I am quite touched by your comments. :))

28 May, 2011

 

that was great Karen and I also thoroughly enjoyed your one of the Amsterdam garden

28 May, 2011

 

Thank you Giroffle!

29 May, 2011

 

Karen those photos are lovely. We watched Chelsea all week at home, and hope to go for the first time next year. I jotted down the name of an allium i liked early on in the week, and you have captured it, complete with name! Allium Sativam. Thank god you posted it, cos i had written it done as 'sattibum'. Would have looked something of an idiot asking for that!!. The anemone leveillei looks amazing as well, another for the wish list i think! Thanks for sharing your visit with us.

29 May, 2011

 

Thanks Karen, great blog like you not sure about some of the gardens. I'm to much of a traditionalist, I think that if you had a very modern looking house some of the gardens would fit in well. I'm afraid I like the romantic looking gardens best and the old fashioned cottage look.

29 May, 2011

 

Wow Karen, one of the best blogs I've seen on here, wonderful pics, I feel like I've been there myself now, thank you. Going on my Favourties :-) I want the big frog, how wonderful that would look on my pond :-)
The jumping hares were so effective too and the plants and planting ..... superb. Thanks again Karen. Going back for another look now.

29 May, 2011

 

Thanks Tilly, Teds and DA. You know Tilly, I thought Polygala was called Polygaga and I got a lot of mickey taken out of me at the nursery for that, so yes, I think yours would have caused a raised eyebrow too! So glad you found out the right spelling. DA, yes, definitely, that frog should be in your pond! Teds, I think I am a bit like you, although I do like the modern look. I loved the magistrates garden, which was very modern, but also very colourful with lots of traditional elements. However, not a curve in the place, all right angles! Quite unlike my style!

29 May, 2011

 

Very nice to see some of chelsea. Thank you. I thought some of the gardens were absolutely lovely and some were a waste of space lol. And I just can't agree about the best in show. Sorry :( Best in show ? That ? no no no ....
Loved your categories :) and the animals :) and I must try one of those carnivorous plants again !
A brilliant blog :)

29 May, 2011

 

Thanks Hywel. Which one did you like best then?

Someone spoke about my having a sinocalycalycanthus...which I do. I have it in a pot/basket. When I returned home from Chelsea, the earwigs/slugs had stripped most of the leaves off, most of the buds too and I had to rescue it to the greenhouse for protection....one bud still hanging on there! Blooming insects and molluscs......if it's not the frost and the wind its the wildlife! Aaaaargh!

29 May, 2011

 

I don't know which one I would have chosen but the photo I like best is the one with an arch of stones. Do you remember those crunchy sweets on a bit of elastic and you could wear them as a bangle ? It reminded me of those lol but that's not why I like it. It just looks like what I think heaven will be like :o)

30 May, 2011

bik
Bik
 

I hope to visit Chelsea show some time.
thanks Karen for the beautiful pics

30 May, 2011

 

Thank you Karen for sharing the pictures with us. They are all so wonderful. Hadto look twice at the last pic in the ugliest group as i thought i was looking at Princess Beatrice's hat, the one she wore to the royal wedding.

30 May, 2011

 

So lovely seeing the show from another perspective - and thanks for showing us many, many wonderful bits missed by the television coverage.

I have to admit to a liking (not loving) the British Heart Foundation garden - evocative hard landscaping.

...and that x Sinocalycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' is right at the top of my 'wants' list, simply stunning.

Were the 'most colourful' heucheras Plantagogo? I see she won another well deserved gold.

30 May, 2011

 

I have been looking forward to reading this blog all week, and was I disappointed?...........NO !! brilliant coverage Karen, will look at it again and again, how do they get their Sarracenias to grow so straight? mine are growing at all angels, I agreed with the winner as I do love Cleve West's planting, thanks again for a super blog.

30 May, 2011

 

Bik, Rohima, DD and Wagger, thank you all! It's so lovely that you are enjoying the blog so much.

Hywel, the circle of slate was on the Hiller stand in the great Pavilion. That was heaven to me too! I was at St Andrews botanic gardens today...you would have loved it so much....they have wonderful Cacti. So wonderful I even liked them! Will put the pics up for you soon!

30 May, 2011

 

Many fine pictures and you are a very god ´storyteller´. I was there for my first time, and will com back again and again.

30 May, 2011

 

What a lovely thing to say Hanne. Thank you!

30 May, 2011

 

Hello Karen, I have had four days off (all wet and windy Grrrrrr) and no computer because of broadband probs but I'm back now. Loved your blog and agree about Cleve West's garden, it reminded me of Pompei. I could imagine sitting there at sunset.
I will start to catch up again now. Glad you had a lovely time x

31 May, 2011

 

Thanks Annie. I missed you. I've been sooooo tired lately, but thankfully not too much needs done in the garden...just waiting for roses to flower now and enjoying the sunshine. Thank goodness for summer time...I do hope you get some better weather soon. The wind here has dropped to a more normal coastal breeze again, and we've continued to get lots of sunshine. Not really warm enough to sit out in, but nice for a walk around the garden.

31 May, 2011

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