About our exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
We are exhibiting at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time this year. Our display will be in the Grand Floral Pavilion stand GPF/6, an island site. As usual, Bob is designing the display and will also be building it with the help of Nicola. Jen & I will be manning the stand from Monday to Friday with Bob and Nicola taking over for the last few days and to do breakdown. It is quite an undertaking and has led to some nail biting moments over the last few weeks.
The weather has not been kind to us. As we grow all our plants naturally at our nursery in the Lake District, the
extremely cold weather, bitter winds and lack of much sun has meant that our plants have been virtually at a standstill. THe early flowering Paeonias which we hope to exhibit have been in bud for some weeks but are showing little sign of opening. Even moving them from outside into a greenhouse has had little effect.
Our display will be a one off as usual as Bob always likes to create something different. It will feature water with a waterfall, stream and small pool as a major element. Planting will reflect plants that like to grow near water features as well as others that are likely to be found in ericaceous and woodland situations. All plants on the display have been grown in Vital Earth recycled green compost.
Hopefully, our display will also exhibit some small trees and shrubs(if we can get the trees into leaf in time) as well as grasses and ferns. We always like to create our displays to mirror a garden with the mixture of plants that you would expect to find, so that any show visitor could also create combinations of plants seen on our displays at home to create a similar effect.