So, Chelsea is over for another year. I decided to see what was flowering in my own garden this week and things have changed very quickly thanks to the sun since Tuesday. The alliums (well, it wouldn't be Chelsea week without them, would it?) have suddenly exploded into life and the complex flowers warranted a close up (thank you, Photoshop).
This is a Verbascum which I grew from seed last year, planted and promptly forgot about. It wasn't until I noticed the flower spike that I realised it wasn't a rogue primrose. I've forgotten its name though. (I know that my roses have got rust - I blame the weather!)
Clematis 'Crystal Fountain' is looking lovely and has lots of buds which is encouraging. I like the exuberant petals.
Hydrangea Endless Summer Pink is the first of my hydrangeas to flower and is looking the most healthy too.
Clematis 'Asao', also looking lovely with an interesting combination of colours from cream to green to pink.
The always reliable hardy geraniums (I have lots of different ones) are busy too - above is Trevor's White (self-seeded from the original and shoved unceremoniously into a pot).
Geranium Versicolour - it was originally 'Lace Time' but may have reverted back. The delicate pink veining makes an intricate pattern.
An unnamed geranium, which may be a sylvaticum, but I'm not sure. It does have almost luminous purple petals.
Finally, a geranium (probably Johnson's Blue) peeping out from its foliage and that of roses and nigella.
I can't compete with Chelsea, but I think my garden is managing to put on a bit of a show!