Chelsea Flower Show adapts to weird weather

The 2012 Chelsea Extravaganza is under way despite the very challenging weather in recent weeks which meant many exhibitors changed their planting due to the lack of flowers available.

Jo Thompson, garden designer for A Celebration of Caravanning show garden, said: “It’s been a funny spring, the plants have been late. We’ve had the drought and we’ve also had cold, we’ve had no light and that’s the most important thing for plants growing.

“I went to the nursery six weeks ago and there wasn’t anything in flower, so we were all really worried. When we got here I realised everybody was in the same situation and every designer was worried about their plants.

“Originally this garden was going to be full of blousy rose and big pink peonies but we didn’t have any roses so it’s become more grassy, wild and loose which I really like – a happy accident.”

The influence of the weather on this global horticultural event confirms very clearly that:

“Gardening is and always will be affected by our climate”

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