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Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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May 22, 2013 | Wordless Chelsea

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May 21, 2013 | Why you should visit the #Chelsea Flower Show

Crug Farm Plants

The television camera is the eye of Sauron.  Key hole surgery down the perianth of plants, peering behind cordoned-off places and practically staring up the nostrils of the horti-stablishment. So why bother to go there  to the Chelsea Flower Show in person?

planting on RBC Blue Water Roof Garden

Is the lure the blitzkrieg of celebrity?  [...]

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April 4, 2013 | Interest in the #Chelsea Flower Show

will soon burst into the stampede of wildebeest hooves.

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April 2, 2013 | Terrified Tuesday

can take any shape or form as long as  the subject – or subjects – are vaguely disquieting.  The blobs below shriek for themselves.

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September 14, 2010 | The World's Best Nurseries Series No 2.

I have never been to Avon Bulbs in person.  Once a year in autumn, a parcel arrives with contents looking like an upmarket take-away.  Whispery paper bags with a twist and drizzle of shredded paper. Inside, the  new bulbs, salivated over previously on their stand at Chelsea.  Or in the Avon Bulbs catalogue.

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May 26, 2010 | Cranium man at #Chelsea Flower Show

Hard at work on last minute preening before judging on Monday

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May 25, 2010 | Carnivorous plant judges at Chelsea Flower Show

Judging away yesterday in the mid-day swelter.

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May 25, 2010 | Hippopotamus motions a table this week at Chelsea Flower Show

Dine out on it?

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May 25, 2010 | Plantaholic Post

Pennisetum massaicum Red Buttons looking seriously good on the Knoll stand at Chelsea Flower Show.  Likes a sunny well drained site and would look great with persicarias and or echinaceas.

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May 25, 2010 | Don't miss these gardens at Chelsea Flower Show

garden by Decembrini and Zanzi at Chelsea

garden by Decembrini and Zanzi at Chelsea

“Lights and Colours of the Alps” grabbed attention in the courtyard section at Chelsea.   Signor Zanzi stepped out from behind his backdrop of mirrors, which set off heaps of smouldering moss to perfection.  The palette was seriously botanic – lifted in inspiration from the Dolomites and plants [...]

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