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Chelsea 2015 – The Last Day of Build Up

Chelsea 2015 – The Last Day of Build Up

An earlier start today with Ali and me meeting Colin at his house at 7.30am. Colin was being interviewed at 9.50 by Andy Garland for Radio Kent and we did not want to be late. I had forgotten to recharge my phone overnight and it had only 41% battery power. I must...

“With the sun setting over the Thames as we walked back over Chelsea Bridge.”

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Postcard from Chelsea Bridge

Chelsea Bridge
Saturday 16 May 8.00 pm

Today was the first day that the small group doing the ‘nursery’ and sales ends of the Chelsea stand had been together.

Chelsea 2015 – A Long Day

Chelsea 2015 – A Long Day

Today has been a long day for me, but not quite as you might imagine it. Normal getting up time and dog walk, but muggins here had been up until 2.15am rechecking the plant names of those plants which are (almost 100%) going to make it onto the stand. Yesterday we...

Chelsea 2015 – Training and Packing

Chelsea 2015 – Training and Packing

Today started as usual, meeting Colin at the polytunnels to collect a few things, such as gravel, bark, a few plants and cling film roll wrap for the Danish trolleys, before driving up to the showground. Our main aims today were getting the clematis trained on the...

As a reminder of what it was all about, a delicious scent of roses filled the space

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Another postcard from Chelsea

Deepest Kent
Thurs.14 May

Yesterday I arrived at around midday to a huge building site with lorries, four-wheeled buggies, vans, wheelbarrows and trees and plants everywhere.

Chelsea 2015 – We’ve Started Playing with Plants

Chelsea 2015 – We’ve Started Playing with Plants

Today was Day Three. Colin and I met at the polytunnels at 8am to find Linda already there. Alan and I had raided the garden before this for some chunky logs. We had a tree which had fallen down a couple of winters ago and it might come in useful for edging the path...

The team have been brilliant and supportive, with loads of ideas and humour

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Postcard from Chelsea

Chelsea Flower Show Showground
London SW3 4SR
Thursday 14th May 2015

Overall, really pleased with progress. A major worry, assembling the ‘Potting Palace’ together with green roof has been a success and we think….

Chelsea 2015 – Day 2 of Construction

Chelsea 2015 – Day 2 of Construction

My day started at the polytunnels at 8am, where I was joined by Colin, Sue, Karin, Ali and Barbara. We started packing up chosen plants onto Danish trolleys. Karin and I, as Shady Ladies, were working in the shade tunnel, while Ali had been purloined by the Sunny...

Chelsea 2015 – The First Build Up Day!

Chelsea 2015 – The First Build Up Day!

A fits and starts day as was expected. The van had been loaded yesterday so I was dropped at Colin's at 8am and we got to Battersea Park holding area about 10am. We did not have to wait long before being allowed entry to the showground but Mike and Linda had beaten us...

Chelsea 2015 – The Last Meeting!

Chelsea 2015 – The Last Meeting!

Yesterday we had our last meeting before actually going up to the showground tomorrow. There will be people at the polytunnels as well sorting out the plants and packing them ready for transport. I have decided to try (no promises) to write a short post everyday,...

Chelsea 2015 – Penultimate Official Meeting!

Chelsea 2015 – Penultimate Official Meeting!

I know I said we were having our last group meeting before Chelsea last weekend but no! Another is arranged for Monday 11th before we start Build Up, so the 'last' one became the penultimate one. We met at the polytunnels last Sunday to view the trees and discuss...

Chelsea 2015 – Trees, Leaflets and Labels!

Chelsea 2015 – Trees, Leaflets and Labels!

This last week has been about waking up at 3 in the morning and remembering things! Chelsea is getting ever closer. Jeremy and Colin visited Oakover Nursery, to look at the selected trees so arranged to meet Tom Wood at his house. I was supposed to join them at the...

Chelsea 2015 – Starting the countdown!

Chelsea 2015 – Starting the countdown!

With just over four weeks to Build Up we met at Greenacres Nursery, Ightham to look at the polytunnels which Paul, the nursery owner, is kindly lending us. We have a great choice of four, all with easy access for a van so not too far to carry plants! The polytunnels...

Chelsea 2015 – A Practice Run

Chelsea 2015 – A Practice Run

'The Shady Ladies and Colin' spent Monday this week setting up a display for Colin's nursery, Pineview Plants, at the RHS Westminster Lawrence Hall. It was 6 feet x 8 feet tabletop display of shade loving plants to complement his nursery and provided us with a...

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