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The Chelsea Flower Show 2011 (Part 4)

June 21, 2011

This year's Chelsea was a resounding success, both for the visitors and exhibitors alike; a truly captivating array of colour and wonderful horticultural skills, in what are unfavourable economic times. All I saw were smiles and looks of disbelief, as people met old plants they knew, and new plants they had never seen before. So join me on a last trip around Chelsea, before I can put my boots away for a short time.

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Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a)
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Jun 23, 2011 10:23 AM CST
What a great article, just as your others--- beautiful photos you took! Loved the water gardens & water tunnels, Japanese Maples & bright flowers, and some of those garden ornaments (like the rabbits!) were fabulous--- only thing I didn't like was that... blue grass?? Blinking Hilarious!
Thanks so much for your work, my little English buddy! Rolling my eyes. Would be sooo much fun to actually GO with you to one of these shows! Group hug
Name: Neil
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Jun 23, 2011 11:55 PM CST
Dear Connie, thank you for your most kind comments. As for this blue grass or turf as some people have stated, it is neither. Most sorry to disappoint you as it is in fact recycled plastic balls! They did in fact have bags of the plastic stuff on the stand, which amused me. As half the time they were trying to get it off the plants as it blew in the breeze.
Due to the fact I was taking pictures with a rather expensive camera, the inventor of this ludicrous stuff asked me what I thought of it. So I told him it looked very similar to what they put on gravestones in cemeteries, except the real stuff is made from granite and is deigned to keep the weeds down.
He then asked me if I had worked in a cemetery which I have as an Apprentice gardener and if his product would work!
I was as polite as possible and told him that cemeteries are normally, bleak and windswept places and it would blow away and could not keep the weeds down! Plus who wants to be buried under a lot of recycled carrier bags and empty plastic bottles! Not that this would bother me, but it may bother some people!
He was as one says not amused!
However they do do it in many different colours as well, if you do know anyone who loves picking plastic balls out of their borders, let him know?
Kindest Regards.

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