The Chelsea Flower Show 2012 (Part 1): Another great year at Chelsea

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The Chelsea Flower Show 2012 (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
July 19, 2012

This years Chelsea Flower Show was very patriotic in celebration of Her Majesty's Queen's Diamond Jubilee (1952-2012).

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 18, 2012 7:20 PM CST
Neil I don't know how you do it. Another wonderful trip through one of the world's most outstanding flower shows.
I fell in love with Iris veriscolor 'Kermesina'.

I think the Best In Show Garden won by Brewin Dolphin, was my favorite. I found it restful and pleasing.
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Onewish1
Jul 18, 2012 7:39 PM CST
wonderful tour again.. you did a great job.. thank you!!!
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CDsSister
Jul 18, 2012 7:51 PM CST
Was this part of the Gold metal winner? I could not tell but love the Birds Of Paradise and the Anthurium with that wonderful green plant in front of them is so wonderful.

I snipped this so I could show you what I meant.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jul 18, 2012 8:47 PM CST
Wonderful pictures as always.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 19, 2012 1:57 AM CST
Neil - thank you so much for a lovely tour of your beautiful world.

I will keep coming back to look at the photo's - WOW!
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ge1836
Jul 19, 2012 2:33 AM CST
Thanks so much for the tour.All photos are tops.
I like the Hyde lilies .and the natural settings of plants with architectural structures.
Name: Vi
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stetchworth
Jul 19, 2012 3:46 AM CST
Neil, really beautiful pictures of a great flower show, thank you for showing them to us. It was hard to decide but I think my favorite is the Hyde's display of Lilies.
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
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CherieCoogan
Jul 19, 2012 6:28 AM CST
beautiful Neil as always. You did it again.

One thing, how in the world do they manage to get everything blooming at once like that??????
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2012 6:32 AM CST
I am a bit shocked at all your wonderful comments at the moment. For those who knew I had a bad accident on Friday 13th of January, and had not been out of the house apart from the Hospital till the Chelsea Flower Show.
So it was a big test for me, in that heat and with thousands of people. If you ever wish to loose weight go into the Great Pavilion for an hour and walk round taking pictures, you will lose 10 pounds an hour!
The constant watering of the plants and the water gardens plus the heat, and the people makes it like the hottest sauna you have ever been in. The only difference is the divine scent inside it. Yes you can go to the beer tent and have some shade and a pint. but step back inside the Pavilion and that evaporates in seconds. It was a long hard and hot day for me, but it was worth it as Chelsea is special to me.
Now you spurred me on to get doing Part 2.
Thank you all.
Regards.
Neil.
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valleylynn
Jul 19, 2012 6:39 AM CST
Neil, I didn't know you were in the hospital. I hope you are fully recovered now.

As you know I always look forward to your next article. The only down side of it is that I don't loose 10 pounds while reading them. Group hug
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2012 6:57 AM CST
Dear Lynn, when my head hit the brick wall I should have been in Hospital but as usual I was stubborn and would not go! Next morning I had no choice as things were so bad, and then they told me off for not going in the first place. Sarah was not best pleased with me or my own Doctor, but what do Doctors know anyway? No I have not fully recovered as they told me that may take years as severe head injuries are hard to diagnose. I also cracked my hip and bent my metal arm. They could or did not want to do surgery as my poor head was in a state, so my arm can stay bent and my hip is much better on its own.
It was the constant headaches they were worried about, so put me on tablets which disagreed with me, so I did not take them and told them so. It seems it will take forever, but if I can still get out and bring a bit of happiness to you all, that is all I could wish for.
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Neil.
p.s. Cherie I will tell you how they can get all the plants blooming at the same time when you are a big girl and 21! Rolling on the floor laughing
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vic
Jul 19, 2012 6:57 AM CST
Neil, I did not know about your accident. I'm so sorry and hope you are well.

Lynn Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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CarolineScott
Jul 19, 2012 6:59 AM CST
Thank you for sharing the Chelsea Show with us.
I hope you are over the accident now.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 19, 2012 6:59 AM CST
We crossed Neil - YIKES on the fall. Praying for a recovery that doesn't take years and for you to be pain-free Group hug
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 19, 2012 7:07 AM CST
I agree You really should listen to your lovely wife Neil. I speak as a wife, we want to keep our man around as long as possible.

Vic laughs, but Neil could make a lot of money if we could loose ten pounds by reading his articles. Maybe if I used the treadmill while reading them?

I am looking forward to the second installment for 2012. Hurray!
Name: Linda Cartwright
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taters55
Jul 19, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Neil, your photography is outstanding! Everything is so beautiful. I loved the gardens from Thailand, and I love the garden lady laying down! Oh heck, I loved it all! Will be waiting for the 2nd part.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2012 8:05 AM CST
Dear Linda, I could have done with you there! A nice cold glass of wine or a Belgium beer whilst admiring that lot, that would go down a treat I think!
I would have taken you for Fish & Chips as well.
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Neil.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 19, 2012 10:07 AM CST
Dearest Neil. As always your pictures are Magnificent, I am so glad we have you to show and tell us about the Chelsea Gardens. Charley , as always wants to eat it all up but I will keep in on tight restraint.
So glad you are feeling so much better.
Loved all the pictures...
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Dear Charleen, now that I am an elected Chairman of the UK Charleys Fan Club who could resist but to show you these. I do hope you liked the chicken as well? I hope you have told Charley he has a lot of fans in the UK, as Alfie will be delighted!
One for Charley he could not resist!
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Neil.
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RobertB
Jul 19, 2012 12:40 PM CST
That is quite spectacular!! Hurray! Makes me want to get a plane ticket for the next one!


I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.

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