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The end of winter?

Posted by Jean Vernon on 19 May 2009 at 06:48 PM

 Personally I love the unpredictability of the weather. Wouldn't life be so boring if we could control it? It's what makes gardening exciting and a challenge and let's face it, if we didn't have the weather to talk or moan about, I wonder what some people would find to say. That's not to say I don't appreciate a fine summer's day or the benefits of kind weather for those battling with their Chelsea exhibits. For some reason Chelsea Flower Show is often at the mercy of extreme weather but it just doesn't stop the show.

"Windy!" was the response I got from Stephen Fry when I enquired how he was finding Chelsea 2009.


"It's lovely, fantastic, the enthusiasm. In the old days you'd call it the first day of the season almost, like Queen Charlotte's Ball in Berkeley Square that officially was and none the less you feel that all kinds of things are coming in sport, and all other occasions like Ascot and Wimbledon. Things that people may not take seriously in a snobbish social way, but remind us that despite all kinds of problems, despite the winter and the particular horrors of the credit crunch, that we are people with a  long history who like to enjoy ourselves and all these things have a purpose and this is the celebration of the  end of the winter and reminder of gardens and flowers"

 The end of winter? Can someone tell that to whoever is upstairs conducting the weather please.



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