I am old and cynical. I go to Chelsea not expecting to see anything interesting besides Laurence Llewelyn-bowen. He is fascinating in and of himself of course, but he is also the first clone I have ever come into contact with. There are at least six of him on view at Chelsea each year. I know this because one man could not be in as many places, talking to as many people in front of as many cameras as he is. Anyway, apart from that particular highlight I expect nothing magical. This year however, there was something new and amazing.
It was the planting by Marcus Barnett for his Daily Telegraph Garden. The whole thing was based on a Mondrian picture so you had big blocks of colour planting in fanatically neat, ridged square patches. I loved it I really did. The flowers weren’t all out in the red and blue blocks which was a shame but the white and yellow looked brilliant.
I’m sorry the pictures are a little dull, it was raining at the time I took them. I’m so taken with the block colour planting I am thinking of doing it my garden. It was different. That’s the thing. I had walked up to the first garden and seen a plant combination of blue, magenta and peachy cream and honestly I thought, magenta and blue should be banned by Chelsea, it’s just too boring. No cirsium rivulare (the purple thistle) for at least five years.
I had had enough by then. It was wet and I was cold so I went home.