On Monday morning, I was having a natter and a cuppa with my mum
We were discussing the wonderful times that we had
when we visited The Chelsea Flower Show.
This was back in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
We were both teaching in Surrey at the time and although unable to
take the day off work, after school we would hop on a train from Woking
...and be there in no time!
And that was the best bit of the day, less busy and more calm.
If the weather was good, even better.
I soooo loved my visits to Chelsea and can honestly say that the
first time is the best...the wow factor takes over as the stunning displays
knock one for six!! I will never forget walking into the tent
where the Delphiniums were displayed!
And one year, (I can't recall which) there was the most beautiful cottage garden.
Oh and not forgetting those beautiful Beth Chatto displays!
I have photos in a drawer, somewhere...this was thirty years ago... in the
days when I thought that my Kodak instamatic camera was so cool!
''I have some programmes somewhere...would you like to borrow them?''
''Oh yes please!'
And so I did!
To show you all!
Although only 30+ years old, some of the adverts really do tickle me !
One of my first gardening books was by the very famous Percy Thrower.
I mean, he was Mr Gardening, wasn't he?
Lucky the family who can afford two lawn mowers!!
(Ah... just been pointed out that he is using a rotovator!
I thought his grass looked a bit dead!)
Ah now this brings me on to something that we've been looking for
Let's look a little closer...now for a while, we've been thinking about
one of these for our garden.
Yesterday, we found ourselves at Fermoys Garden Centre.
We only looked in quickly to have a look at the herbaceous
perennials as we've recently dug a new border.
Well...one thing leads to another and as we got back to the car, Mr S said,
''Well, don't you want to look at the girlie sheds?''
At first, I was more interested in the view of the tractor and what was beyond!
Anyway...wander we did!
All I can say is ...watch this space ...I'm off to study colour charts!