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Lindum arrives at RHS Chelsea

We are halfway through the week in the run-up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Alan Gardner/Lindum ‘Fresh’ Garden, “Out of the Blue” has been under construction since Saturday, when Alan and Roger Moore from the Lindum team arrived to assess how damp and soggy the site was. Fortunately most of the water had been pumped away and the topsoil began to arrive so that the construction of the three mounds could begin. Suncream was needed on Sunday and waterproofs on Monday and Tuesday but Roger and Alan have got the timber framework and decking in place, along with the all important posts which will support the imaginative blue polypropylene fence.

Back at Lindum HQ in Yorkshire the various wildflower mats have been nurtured in the polytunnel trying to achieve a good show of flowers and herbs just in time for the opening. As every other grower for Chelsea will know, this cold Spring has posed considerable challenges in this respect. The BBC came for a day last week to film us explaining why and how we grow wildflower turf, which will hopefully be included in the Chelsea coverage schedule next week. Bees and other pollinators rummaging around the emerging flowers provided the camera team with plenty to focus in the polytunnel.

Lorries left yesterday and today, loaded with multi tiered pallets to avoid the wildflowers being crushed and Roger and Alan are looking forward to transforming the soil mounds into areas of grass, wildflowers and perennial planting.

See pictures of our wildflower turf that has just arrived above (untrimmed) and the posts and blue string on site.

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