As always, a mixed bag of show gardens (although I wish I had just one tenth of the imagination of the designers), but some of them really caught my imagination.
Time (Silver) - when I saw it on the TV I thought I liked it but close up it didn't grip me at all. Not to mention the fact that the wood is splitting after only a few days of Cheshire rain.
Those I liked...
Revolution Order Versus Chaos (Silver) - gardens don't half have pretentious names, don't they? This one was a real zinger - it sang out through the rain, mud and murk.
Time and the Bell (Gold) - sounded nice in the breeze and I enjoyed the effect of the grass against the bamboo.
The Lunch Hour Garden (Silver) - not many places of work have such beautiful places to sit and eat your sandwiches!
Quilted Velvet (Gold): Not so much for the planting (despite three gardens, I still haven't been brainwashed into buying Quilted Velvet loo roll) but for the contouring of the plot.
'So 80's (Silver) - as the 1980's were my formative teenage years, I felt some kinship with the bright colours used for the hard landscaping (and the fact they were playing Heaven 17's '(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang'). It looked bare on the TV, but outside of the neon flooring, there was lush, colour co-ordinated planting. Anyway, the '80s are back - just listen to some of the music in the charts nowadays.
Those I loved...
Cubed3 (Gold and best visionary garden). I loved this. Although it is very geometric, the tumbling cubes reminded me of the shattered rocks I'd seen the previous week in the Lake District, and it seemed full of energy.
Strictly Come Gardening (Gold). Rather twee name and concept but I loved the planting.
I may have accidentally bought a couple of plants...