Chelsea Show ground Update | Love The Garden

Chelsea Show ground Update

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Heavy rain on Tuesday turned the walkways and roads in the Royal Hospital grounds here at Chelsea Flower Show into lakes. The construction sites of the outdoor gardens were instantly unworkable and trenches soon filled with water. Under cover, here in the Great Pavilion, our construction team didn't have any extra problem, although they tell me that the noise of battering hail and rain was deafening. Since then the sun has shone relentlessly, thank the heavens, and everything has all progressed nicely up to Thursday.

Your flowers are looking great, especially the Pelargonium Bermuda series and the Gerbera Sweet series. Also of note are the show-class Shasta Daisies, properly named Osteospermum ‘Snow Pixie’ that are grouped on Compost Flower garden, which is now almost complete. We need to set out the tea table and Alice and her characters, as soon as the lawn is down.

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The central flower beds in the Compost garden have been completed and now need to settle in ready for Monday.

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Giant 'Test Tubes' are going to hold various different ingredients used in modern day composts.

On Friday and Saturday Barry and his construction team of Colin and Kevin will be planting up the vegetables in raised beds of the Feeding garden and creating the heart of Miracle-Gro Flower Magic flowers that represent the love between our two heroes, Romeo and Juliet. I will post another blog on Monday when we can take pictures of the competed stand. It's all going well and we are bang on schedule to compete on time. So no worries!

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The Feeding garden looks rather bare without plants but we have enough lettuce, tomatoes and swiss card to make a great productive area.

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Still awaiting positioning of characters and the central heart which are standing in the wings awaiting their star turn.

One of the jobs is to sort out your experimental plants that prove that both composts and feeding do make a real difference to plant growth. Unfortunately space is limited on the stands, but we hope to change the plants on the shelves in this area in rotation so that, hopefully, when you visit you will be able to show off your own work to the visiting public. Well that's the theory - fingers crossed we can find the right material on the right day!

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