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Chelsea - even the Jamaican Prime Minister is there


Does Monty ever do anything for the Chelsea shows?

Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh 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 garden? I think it looked amazing, her theme of townies aspiring for an English country garden achieved with style. It looked modern, expensive and satisfying with colourful blooms and foliage encircling the small space. I hope she gets a medal, despite 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.

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.

Elsewhere in my garden, I’ve finally got the garden organised, planted out all my seedlings and planted up my hanging baskets – all productive this year, strawberries and tomatoes. Photos to follow!

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Monty is a gardener he took up gardening to get away from overt stresses in his life - he needs Chelsea like a hole in the head , bad enough Titchmash shows his face there.Call himself a Yorkshireman.

19 May, 2008


Well Buzzbee if I thought that of Monty I would say he was welcome at Chelsea.If you been through what he has then think you would be a bit more understanding and realize that it is exactly because he is not a pretentious prat - as you put it - that he is not at Chelsea.

19 May, 2008


Ah, I'd missed that he was taking time off, good for him. Must admit I'm not tempted to go to Chelsea - it would be fun but all those people!!

19 May, 2008


Even though I watch Chelsea on tele, I have no desire to visit,all those splendid plants in tip-top perfection,and not one to buy till the last day.and I am not going to push and shove,to buy a plant.
I much prefer the N.E.C,Have allready pre-booked my tickets for Thursday.
I would like that new Clemitas "Viennetta"
A White Akebia,
A new Hibiscus,and anything else that takes my fancy,which if it,s anything like last year that works out as loads & loads,and we only have a Mini!!!

22 May, 2008


Hear that Monty's had a mild stroke and will be convalescing during the next few weeks.

I understand that the 80 gardens series was done in two weeks - that seems a really tall order and enough to make anyone ill!

22 May, 2008


Poor man! I wish we had the mechanism to send him our good wishes. He can't be very old - possibly in his forties? Only a guess.

22 May, 2008

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