Monthly Archives: May 2011

Reflections on Chelsea

Upon reflection I feel more well disposed towards Diarmud’s thingy. If him and his mates are basically just taking the piss and sticking a two-fingered big crane up at this very British ‘wankathon’, then it would, grudgingly, get my vote. … Continue reading

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The Gardens at Chelsea

I waver between the surface simulacra of these gardens which is dazzling, desirable and of an aesthetic quality that invites the suspension of disbelief and the muting of critical faculties and the opposite extreme which is the position of the … Continue reading

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CLEMATIS

Thorncroft Clematis, near Norwich Norfolk impressed: Particularly Clematis ‘Fascination’ – (Diversifolia group ie it’s scandent and needs support like the Durandii) Exquisite purple bells in the spring – very detailed plant. Clematis ‘Celebration’ red stemmed with red-tinged yellow foliage large … Continue reading

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New varieties from Blom’s bulbs

We are loving ‘Cafe Noir’ – a slightly smaller version of ‘Queen of Night’ – a little more colour detail. ‘Avignon’ is sumptious

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Diarmud Gavin

He goes up and down in his ‘pod’,  gazing at the media below like some horticultural jesus. I hope that the Irish taxpayer and County Cork rate-payer feel that they are getting value for money As a (dis)interested onlooker – … Continue reading

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First Impressions

Water, water, everywhere – the show gardens are awash with it – water features, waterfalls, limpid pools. In desert cultures such as Saudi Arabia or Los Angeles public lavish displays of water are a way of signifying wealth so I … Continue reading

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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2011

Follow the Head Gardener Babylon as he lurches around the show ground on Press Day – broadcasting on The Robert Elms Show BBC London 94.9fm from midday to 3pm

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