As I said last year, I enjoy the Grand Pavilion more and more. Once upon a time (and I have been coming to Chelsea for a good 20 years) I really couldn’t see the attraction. All that peering at new introductions and admiring stiff rows of tulips or delphiniums. And now? I’m peering with the best of them, and loving it.
The dahlia above was new on me – Dahlia coccinea ‘Great Dixter’, what a fabulous pink with a good sized blooms (ie not too big) and darkish foliage.
and new on the Hardy’s stand, the rather peachier Verbascum Firedance.
The OH is always trying to persuade me to grow the blue Meconopsis but think if I was going to go to the effort, it would be this one I’d try – Meconopsis punicea ‘Sichuan Silk.’ Great name too!
There were two climbers to share from the Tynings stand – this one, Actinidia kolomikta I hadn’t seen since I visited a garden over 10 years ago and I saw it growing with a perfectly matched pink clematis growing through it. Now where’s a spare wall where I could recreate that?
And to finish, three plants from the RHS Plant of the Year. Whilst the winner, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimajaro Sunrise’, was lovely, my two picks were the fabulously scented Harkness rose, Rosa Susie
and the gorgeous coloured, salvia from Dyson’s, Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’, which was placed third.
Yet another plant to add to the shopping list I fear!