As the Chelsea team start to pick out the plants for the Burncoose Nurseries stand in the Great Pavilion ready to load the first lorry on Monday it is time to give you all a quick preview of some of the key plants which we hope to feature.
This year has seen a warm, mild, and frost free spring so the plants in our show tunnel are perhaps two to three weeks more advanced than in most years. The result is that many of the plants which are regular favourite shrubs for Chelsea are already over (magnolias and Enkianthus) and we have therefore had to come up with new things which visitors to Chelsea may not often have seen on our stands before. An interesting challenge.
It seems strange to be entering into the hustle and bustle of Chelsea preparations after two years of lockdown. Dusting off old lists of things not to forget, wherever did we put the seed rack and what should the post covid daily staff London expenses actually be?
It will get more frantic yet as we are still 10 days away from the inspection of our stand by the Chelsea judges. Enjoy the plant preview but notice that several things are still in tight bud and may or may not make it to the stand.