The Chelsea Flower Show 2011 (Part 1): I love it!! I love it!!!♥

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The Chelsea Flower Show 2011 (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
June 1, 2011

Despite the driest April and May I can remember, Chelsea this year again raised the standards for everyone else to follow. How do you get the most famous Flower Show in the world any better? Please follow me on some trips through the legend that is the Chelsea Flower Show.

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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
May 31, 2011 7:01 PM CST
There can never be enough pictures of the Chelsea Gardens. I love all the flowers. Everyone I see is my Favorite. How exciting to be "jousled around" You just be careful not to get hurt.
Beautiful as always, my friend. Loved it!!!!
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kevin51
May 31, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Indeed, Neil, the images in the pics. were stunning! It's a hard choice to pick my favorite but for some reason the Musa coccinea stood out to me.
You did a great job and congratulations.
I've decided, now after seeing the pics., to postpone my trip to your home.
Lee

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 1, 2011 1:34 AM CST
Thank you for your most kind comments! 1380 pictures and I am still working on them from Chelsea, give me a break!
My Part 2 on Chelsea will be out next Tuesday, and there might be a Part 3! Lots of Cottage garden stuff at Chelsea this year, and lots of Semps.
Now we have got Hampton Court coming up. You have seen the most famous at Chelsea Flower Show in the world, now Hampton Court is the Biggest in the World!
My feet are still aching from Chelsea, let alone walking around Hampton Court!
Found a lovely edible wall for Charley which I will put on the next Article, hopefully!
Lee rednecks are banned here!
Regards.
Neil.
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kevin51
Jun 1, 2011 6:34 AM CST
Neil, I'm sending the rednecks anyway. They'll be my proxy. Lee.

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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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Ridesredmule
Jun 1, 2011 6:36 AM CST
Neil, we have to watch Lee. He can get into trouble easily. I love him, he makes me laugh!!!
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kevin51
Jun 1, 2011 6:37 AM CST
...and I'm sending Charley with the rednecks. L.

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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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Ridesredmule
Jun 1, 2011 9:33 AM CST
Charley does not associate with rednecks, only donkeys. But he and they would love munching on the green wall.
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taters55
Jun 1, 2011 9:49 AM CST
Neil, I love your photo's and viewing the show through your eyes! the flowers are amazing, and I am still trying to figure out how they get everything to bloom all at once like that? Just wonderful!
Will be looking for part 2.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 1, 2011 11:45 AM CST
Dear Linda, I am glad you liked it! My feet ache and my arms are stiff from carrying the camera and all the equipment with it! !380 photos and I did not get one of the Beer tent, how slack is that?
Got one of the Ladies drinking Pimms listening to the military band. No Beer tent pictures!
You will not be disappointed in Part 2. Like this Nepenthes!
Group hug
Neil.
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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Jun 1, 2011 11:46 AM CST
That thing is gorgeous.
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sassafrass
Jun 1, 2011 1:11 PM CST
all I can say is WOW!! I dont think I've ever seen anything that can compare with so much beauty. thanks for sharing & I also look forward to part 2.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 1, 2011 1:13 PM CST
Dear sassafrass, i am so glad you enjoyed the work that went into it! I hope to see you in Part 2?
Regards/
Neil.
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kevin51
Jun 2, 2011 1:32 PM CST
Neil, may I come and live with you and SaraH in order to attend such events. I'm small, just 144lbs and don't eat much. No dairy do I eat due to lactose intolerance but I'd tolerate the symptoms to taste Chilton cheese (is that the correct name?) I've heard so much about it. lee

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NEILMUIR1
Jun 2, 2011 1:49 PM CST
Dear Lee, you are welcome here! However the chances of eating Stilton cheese are not very good as it is my love of life. People have died for less, than too to my Stilton!
I cut a Fig into a quarter like a Lotus flower, put Stilton on the top and a spoonful of vintage port and put them under the grill! About as close to Heaven as I am ever going.
Regards.
Neil.
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kevin51
Jun 2, 2011 11:05 PM CST
Oh Neil, what's the danger of Stilton? I've heard great things about it. Dang. I'm use a more profound profanity but i've already been kicked off one site for doing so.
My fig tree is loaded with figs. They are the Brown Turkey variety. As they ripen, I'll take you some photos.
Lee.

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bsavage
Jun 13, 2011 12:58 AM CST
Oh my goodness, your lovely snack of fig, stilton, and port sounds fantastic! Going into town tomorrow, have the port... but adding figs and stilton to my list!
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 13, 2011 1:51 AM CST
Dear Brenda, that should keep Tony quiet! Rolling on the floor laughing
Hugs.
Neil.
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kevin51
Jun 13, 2011 5:32 AM CST
Brenda, I was just out changing the cats' water and watering some of the plants and noticed that our fig bush/tree is loaded with figs. They are the Brown Turkey variety. They are still green but soon they'll be ripe and the thought of a Stilton or other good cheese to go with them makes me hungry now and I'm not a breakfast eater.
When I start harvesting the figs, I'll think of you.
Lee Hurray!

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bsavage
Jun 13, 2011 9:00 AM CST
Nice! Now I am longing for a fig tree, LOL!
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kevin51
Jun 13, 2011 10:50 AM CST
LOLOL. There are many types of fig trees. What zone do you live in. The ones we have are hardy to our zone which is zone 7 but I believe there are some hardy to zone 6.
RSVP on the growing zone and I'll see what I can find.
Lee.

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