I was very excited to hear that this year they have introduced a new garden category, to join the 15 small gardens. It is an Artisan garden category, where designers are asked to be innovative with recycled materials for a sustainable garden to showcase their creativity. Having personally been a little disappointed with last years show (mainly because of the lack of traditional/cottage garden styles), I hope that this new set of small gardens will reignite my interest.
I'm looking forward to dipping in to the TV coverage now and then over this week and hope to be inspired.
I needed a little fresh air this afternoon, so grabbed my camera to take a few quick shots of my own humble garden - Don't know if the high winds are affecting you in your area of the country, but things are a bit wild here...so I had to be quick!
I thought I'd include a few photos of some of the junk (recycled materials!) that we have used around our plot...An old oak post for its sculptural presence. The now disused chicken house is used as a log and kindling store for our fires. An old wardrobe mirror on the back wall reflects another view...can you spot it?...
This wilder corner of our garden, that I don't show on my blog too often, has three apple trees growing there.
Back towards the house again now...as you see...the washing is drying well on the line with these high winds...
The rusty bed head on the house wall holds a collection of rusty metal pieces, weathered terracotta and beach finds.
Out the front now, where there's more rubbish! I'd far rather re-use a damaged enamelware bowl as a lovely pot for pinks though, than to throw it away as no longer useful.
Hopefully Chelsea will offer inspiration this year...I have a lot to learn when it comes to garden design, I know...but I do know what I like...and its not modern styles with expensive manufactured finishes.