This year Chelsea Flower Show was 100 years old and what a spectacle it was.
The M&G Centenary Garden – Windows through time. This is a celebration of 100 years of Chelsea gardens. It deservedly won Gold.
Lynne and David Baldock visited Chelsea for me this year – lucky people. These photos were all taken by David.
Lynne’s comment was:
‘The perfection of the gardens is incredible, like walking through a Degas painting, the colours running through each other with not a ripple out of place. Really out of this world.’
All in the themes for 2013 – bliss, relaxation and nature.
So in this first post I shall focus on color – the Degas painting at Chelsea. Where I know the designer, he or she is cited, but some I do not know.
The British certainly know how to use color. I love the zing of that tulip in the center of this display.
But also look at the gentle drifts of blue and mauve in these subtle gardens.
The lavenders above and the foxgloves and delphiniums below.
Strong lines held the flowers in many of the spaces. The simple geometric layout, native plantings with stone timber and water is to create spaces for relaxation.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Robert Myers is a calm reflective private garden space won Gold.
I also love the grey gentle backdrop with irises held in place with strong oblong hedges.
The Laurent-Perrier Garden designed by Uf Nordfjell won Gold
Strong line softened by flowers has had a big place in Chelsea in the past couple of years.
This next garden by Michael Balson and Marie-Louise Agius really shows off that mix well.
The use of these winding balls against the blue backdrop with yellow and white flowers holds the design together.
But back to vibrant colour in a garden designed for living with family and friends.
A summer evening in this gem would be great.