By the time RHS Chelsea 2020 was cancelled it already felt inevitable that it could not go ahead. I remember each cancellation of things I had in my diary feeling like another small weight being added to the already overwhelming sense of fear as the pandemic swept across the globe. That the show could go on in September 2021 felt like a moment of hope, like some of the weights really are being removed.
It did mean my first trip up to London in eighteen months, I have been on a train during that time but not on the underground. I can’t say I ever look forward to going on the underground but a trip out still feels a very exciting thing and the prospect of an autumn Chelsea and what that might look like was just too good to miss. I did my test on the day to be certain I was negative and off I went.I particularly loved the pond, I think it looks good and would be so easy to make. One of the things I love about Chelsea Flower Show is that amongst all the grand, all the glitter and all the expense there are simple ideas you can translate into your own garden. Well, if you have an angle grinder and some IBCs of course.