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Behind the scenes diary for The Victorian Aviary Garden at Chelsea Flower Show and The Girlguiding UK Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010

Cold weather is a bonus for Chelsea plants

Posted by Philippa Pearson on 13 May 2010 at 09:49 AM

      

'The coldest May night for 15 years' set my heart, and no doubt many other designers' hearts, racing. No matter what anyone says, not having the plants you have spent months selecting for a show garden to be ready and at the peak of perfection is a real downer. The cool weather (actually, I remember winter and spring were always like this when I was growing up) have led to the joy of sleepness nights and palpitations at the most unexpected moments (had one this morning when I realised I hadn't covered up my potatoes on the veg plot at home...). I visited Rosy at Hardy's Cottage Garden plants In Hampshire on Tuesday afternoon: brilliant doesn't even come close to describing their care and love of my charges. Everything is looking perfect and the cooler weather seems to have benefited my plant choices, keeping them back in a state of suspended animation. Next week the temperatures rise just in time for planting up to get all those fat, juicy buds to open. I can't believe I've only had to substitute one plant line Big Smile

 

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