Churchfield Primary School from Cheshunt were on the early doors and Kyla, Libby, Lucy and Samuel brought along their school Paddington Bear to view the new wonders of Chelsea. They were quickly followed by Terry and Dylan from Forest Hill School in Sydenham who proudly showed off the school’s basket of tomatoes. Other early risers included Abby and Sophia from The Erme School in Ivybridge, Devon and Daniela and Karolina from President Kennedy School, Coventry who quickly placed their vanity case of ‘Cambridge Favourite’ strawberries on the 1940’s bench.
I had much difficulty in pronouncing the name of the only Primary school from Wales to deliver plants for this year’s show. So here’s a repeat of my first Welsh lesson - Bleanymaes is pronounced “blind” without the d on the end “I” and “mice”. Thanks to Aleisha and Taylor for travelling all the way from Swansea with such a dangerous dragon.
More long-distance travellers, Harry and Pamela soon arrived from St Anne CofE School in Stanley, Liverpool. They were only slightly impressed to hear that Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, a native of Liverpool, had been on our Miracle-Gro’wers stand on Monday. I was well impressed - but perhaps the Beatles are old hat to the youngsters of today.
Also working hard to distribute leaflets and obtain comments from visitors were Kayleigh and Michaela from Corelli College and Morgan and Mitchell from St Peter’s Primary in Exeter, Devon.
Sparking a germ of an idea for a future Chelsea Show were the attractive caps worn by Hazel and Lydia from Pinewood Infants School, in Arnold, Nottingham. They were so distinctive and decorative Jane and I wondered if a Miracle-Gro’wers cap would be acceptable to the all our junior growers. In cold weather that we have experience this year Hazel and Lydia were some of the warmest on the stand. We had reverted to thermal underwear and gloves and we were still cold. If we get heaters and hats for next year you can guarantee that there will be a heat wave! But still worth it.