Chelsea flâneur

May 27, 2010

eastern avenue

Now before preceding any further, I should say that this post is about a flower show and not football nor bling nor anything remotely hip as Kings Road used to be. Those from the 60’s who flocked down Kings Road are the new grey heads. This post isn’t much about flowers and gardens either as others have already done that.  As we enter Eastern Avenue . . .  well, it must be rather like going through the turnstiles to a game and, of course, it is a game  of sorts. This show is about business and most of us love shopping . . .

. . not too busy on the lawn mower stand and someone who looks like a body-guard deterring any potential punters . . .

looking rather bleak on the cold frame stand too . . . but round the corner at the ladder stand, with the blokes, there’s some movement . . .

and potential customers. So these ladders must be special – for hedging? . .

. . other stuff to buy perhaps a pod for the garden  . .  but not really big enough to be any use, as demonstrated by the salesman . . .

. . and some discussion here about a ‘hanging chair’ in bronze but, I recall, when these arrived in the ’60’s they were made from  bamboo and so much more suited to gardens and the outdoors generally  . . .

. . now, I don’t know what the cup is all about  – could almost be the water seller in Djemaa el fna . . another building below made from plastic bottles, not obviously for sale although if you made an offer?   . . .

. . or a railway carriage, new and rather hideous, but note the hanging chair in RHS . .

. . this visitor appeared bemused . . and I’m not surprised when I glanced at this horrible ‘vision of a water feature’  . .

and another below . . .  note the token planting  . . . .

and another supposed feature that you might consider for your garden . .

. . personally I find this more preferable – good jumper . .

. . visitors need time to chill out  and use all facilities  – whether flopping in a commercial stand or just on the ground –  . . .

. . where’s the band? . . and no interest in this stall below as grey heads prefer tea, Pimms, champagne and ice creams . . .

. . always good to see the real inhabitants of this garden . .

. . and something similar from ‘Don’t Look Now’ perhaps . .

. . in  the Trailfinders Australian Garden. Many wonderful plants and stands in the Marquee – extremely well presented with solid, knowledgeable staff – don’t think this has changed dramatically in the 20 years that I have attended – hats off to the nurseries never given the TV time that they deserve . . .

. . this man (Tom Stuart-Smith) also deserve plaudits and he’s doing his own cleaning up . . and dead heading . .

. . images of his garden here with a party in the back ground while he was tidying up . .

. . Tom’s garden was beautiful – he’s raised the bar . . plant of the moment is Cenolophium denudatum, the cow parsley look-alike  . .

. . exquisite combinations of textures. The Telegraph Garden was given the ultimate accolade – images to follow –  . .  very interesting planting in dry environments . .  Andy Sturgeon has come to the party . . .

. . look forward to flanuering next year.

A stranger here

    Strange things doth meet, strange glories see;

    Strange treasures lodged in this fair world appear,

    Strange all and new to me;

    But that they mine should be, who nothing was,

    That strangest is of all, yet brought to pass. 

from The Salutation  by Thomas Trehearne.

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