Monday, 21 May 2012

This has to be one of my favourite weeks in the gardening year!

The Chelsea Flower Show !

I will never forget the first time I walked into the main tent

and was greeted by the vivid colours of the Delphiniums

..stunning !

I will never forget the beautiful cottage garden displays 

in the outside gardens.

And I will never forget listening to the band, whilst they played

in the bandstand, in the early evening sun, as the show wound down for the day.

But that was some time ago and I don't live so close to be able to nip

up on a train after school, which is what I once was able to do.

So I have to make do with the TV coverage, which is always brilliant.

One thing is for sure...

I'd never win a medal for what's on offer in my garden, this year!!

Everything is soooo bloomin' late!!

This weekend we didn't go far!

We had a bit of a 'grand tidy up' in the garden.

Everything in our garden this year is very slow indeed!

(including me!)

Looking at photos from last year, I noticed that we had much more colour,

Lupins, Foxgloves and Poppies were in bloom, whereas this year

they really are taking their time to burst into bloom and excite me!

It all looks lovely and tidy come on colour!!

Oh and I've been left in charge of Nich's plot whilst he nips off to Venice, with Lizzie!

I'll be glad to hear that he has arrived back home as they had an earthquake

over there, yesterday!

We did a quick flit to downtown N.A. on Saturday morning.

I have to admit that I love my town of Newton Abbot.

It's thriving, it's busy and it's a pleasant place to have a wander.

And many of the shops are making the most of the

forthcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations

by entering into the spirit!

I'm now going to sit and watch my recorded Chelsea Flower Show programme.

And talking of Chelsea...well done to that blue team!

They didn't play the best football but they dug in and defended

throughout and even though I don't support them, I was 

rooting for them all the way.

For an English football team to go to Munich

and beat them in their own back yard was no easy task.

Plus, they didn't play dirty.

So credit where credit is due, as they say!! ;-)

I also enjoyed watching York v Luton!! LOL;-)

I was backing York, simply because that places them in the same

league as Torquay (who failed miserably in the play offs this year but hey ho

'it's only a game' as that famous man once said!)

and so I can feel a trip to York coming on and who knows it might

 again coincide with the York v Torquay fixture.

Well, that's my plan!

Mind you, as I've been telling my students

this past week...

''The best laid plans of mice and men,

gang aft agley' !!!

Finally, we had a little visitor at the weekend!


Oh my, she is growing up!! ;-)



Bobbie Lynn said...

Your garden still looks beautiful all lush and green. It was a warm winter and spring here in Southern California and my Spring flowers did not last long at all. Hope you have a wonderful summer garden.

Your little Meggy is getting so big. What a cutie.
Have a lovely day.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me! Bobbie Lynn
But MY little cutie

Sal said...

Ha ha ha...Grandad adores her too!! ;-)

Hen said...

Aww, Meggy is very cute, love her hair with those dinky curls. You have just reminded me, Sal, that I need to watch the Chelsea Flower Show I recorded last night. I am going on Thursday, really looking forward to it and seems (fingers crossed) we're going to be really lucky with the weather. I envy your lovely tidy plot, ours is a jungle. Must keep you young! Looking forward to seeing you both Saturday.
Hen xxx

landcuckoo said...

The garden looks fab Sal, should be lots of sun this week, that may help the colour along a little!
I've been noticing the shop windows too, also two car show rooms I've gone past recently have only had red white and blue cars lined up outside!! now may be agood time to buy acheap green one!!
Take care
Sarah x