This week sees a welcome turn in the weather. From the cold northerly winds and rather overcast skies to something resembling summer.
But has it come a bit late for the show gardens at RHS Chelsea?
Many have worked their magic but all would would have preferred just a bit more of that elusive sunshine to help bring their plants to their splendid 'show' best.
This week that seems to be happening so visitors to RHS Chelsea can expect a real treat as the show gardens reach their full potential.
Formailty and topiary play a big part in this years RHS Chelsea Show particularly on the gardens of Cleve West
and Dr Nigel Dunnett
with the later harking back to the early Islamic gadens that placed high importance on water - a theme not lost on todays audience.
Colours are generally muted with greens, blues and soft hues of purple present in abundance on all gardens - though Chris Beardshaw bucked the trend with a vivid display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas
- and on one of the Fresh gardens a bright metallic shimmering throwback to the prehistoric south Dorset Coastline.
Diarmuid Gavins Pyramid dwarfed everything else at the Royal Hospital and was suitably quirky - particularly as he dressed it with around a hundred Chelsea Pensioners for an amazing photocall! Only Diarmuid!!!
The new Fresh theme threw up some interesting ideas the best of which was the QR Garden - stunning in its apparent simplicity.
The Artisan Gardens always please in the backdrop of Ranelagh Gardens - re- creating small pastiches of life in rural parts around the globe - the inventive use of space in these gardens demonstrates a true skill, where every last plant and stone counts for so much of the whole.
Jo Thompson's Caravan Garden drew the crowds on the smaller Show Gardens - awash with flowers and clever usage of props and landscaping.
Another favourite for me was the World Vision Garden - strikingly bold and calming at the same time.
Favourite plant for me on the show gardens was the Paeonia Claire de Lune on Andy Sturgeons garden - a fabulous single Peony that really caught the eye.
Favourite garden - probably Jo Swift's Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden