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Just watched the programmes with my grandad and father-in-law, all three of us thought the gardens were more sensible than the monstrosities in the Spring show, with the exception of the rusted metal container, the local scrap metal collector would i'm sure be glad of it!

The flowers looked magnificent as well!


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,164
    Maybe this thread could be used for the TV coverage and the other for those who are lucky enough to visit? 
    Must admit l am enjoying this Autumn show, the different planting and the general feel seems very refreshing. I get the impression that most of the designers have enjoyed the extra challenge of using different plants, and those dahlias in the Pavilion were just stunning. 
    Rachel de Thame's coat was something else as well  :)
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,236
    I enjoyed it too.
    It was nice to see J.J. Chalmers. As I haven't been watching G's World much in the last couple of years, I didn't know he was on it sometimes. He's a regular contributor to our outdoor programme Landward.
    I agree @AnniD - I was nearly reaching for the shades when R d T came on .... B)   :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,123
    edited September 2021
    I’ve just looked up ‘gritted teeth’ in the dictionary. It said ‘winning a silver medal at Chelsea’.

    And did folk see the introduction to this afternoon’s Chelsea feature on BBC? Can’t remember the names of the two women but it was so embarrassingly, excruciatingly awful we should be getting a partial refund on the TV licence.
    Rutland, England
  • On tonight's show we were told about the sound of a water feature. Unfortunately we were not allowed to hear it because of a drum constantly rumbling and drowning the sound. It happens EVERY time we are told about the sound of something in the garden. I think the producer should be drowned.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,236
    I've just been watching it and have awarded myself the smug gold for picking the winning show garden. I thought it was the stand out. My kind of plot  :)

    @BenCotto - surely silver gilt is worse  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,164
    I avoid the afternoon coverage, l think it tends to be more for the audience at that time of day. More "magazine" like if you know what l mean.
    I was aware of a lot of background noise @Alan Clark2 in Liverpool more crowd noise as opposed to music, possibly they are trying to convey the atmosphere. 
    There seemed to be a lot of Silver and Silver gilt medals. l was glad when one designer was honest enough to admit that she was disappointed, it must be frustrating after all the hard work, and l hope they go into a bit more depth about the reasons behind the decisions.
    I also hope the BBC show some of the gardens at night , with the show going on until 8pm (10pm on the 24th) it will be dark and the whole atmosphere will be completely different. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740
    edited September 2021
    Joe and Monty did explain that the scoring has changed and that a few (2?) more points were required to get gold this year. 

    It was also pointed out (re the Forge garden?) that slightly too little water in the rill and a low branch impeding a pathway had made all the difference. 

    “For want of a nail a shoe was lost …”

    see what I did there? 😂 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,733
    The Forge garden looked gorgeous - I think they dropped points also because the structure was slightly too large in comparison with the rest of the plot.  It was the closest thing we've seen so far to the two Yorkshire gardens at Chelseas past which I adored.
  • I really don't get it...Ikea sets but only for gardens. I can totally understand the promotion of growers and providers of horticultural materials and tools. But all that use of materials and energy at a time where the RHS is meant to be trying to be more environmentally conscious is such a contradiction. Sooner or later they will have to own up to that utter waste of carbon, donating gardens after the show is over doesn't really make it much better. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
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