Chelsea champions

This year Plant Heritage has two centres of operation at Chelsea, the Harry Veitch stand and running the cloakroom, so I have three days working up there.  Although it makes for a long day, on Tuesday I got the 5.50 train from Guildford and was in the showground by 7 – the calm before the storm.  Some images from my early morning foray.

A piece of perfection from Lockyers

Primula auricula ‘New Bottle’

A display of exotics in May from Tynings Climbers

I had to go and see the Robinson’s stand after hearing Margaret’s talk at our AGM

Fiery spires from Westcountry Nurseries

Lupinus ‘Towering Inferno’

Plants submitted for the Plant of the Year by Plantagogo and Dibleys

Heuchera ‘Circus’

Streptocarpus ‘Sweet Melys’

Sharsholt College’s design for a Space Race garden – maximum cropping from minimum space

Every year I take a picture of this clematis on Raymond Evison’s stand – I really must buy one this year

Clematis Viennetta

A new introduction for 2012 from Austin Roses, an English Musk hybrid

Rosa Lark Ascending

On Peter Beales display, an earlier (1855) Moss rose, Matt Biggs’ favourite flower because of its connections with one of Veitch’s plant hunters

Rosa ‘William Lobb’

And finally those tiny shoots I saw at their nursery in March have been coaxed into bloom by Hoyland Plants and Carol Klein picked out this cultivar for mention on the TV coverage

Agapanthus ‘Hoyland Blue’

Then out into the real world.

Chelsea in full swing

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