We will have a thorough Chelsea Flower Show report on Thursday, written by someone who has actually judged the show and knows what he’s talking about, but I could not resist noting this shocker:
Jekka McVicar, who is on the ruling council of the Royal Horticultural Society, is in flagrant breach of the rules by placing her gnome called Borage amid her gorgeous array of organic medicinal and culinary herbs.
I love the idea of gnomes—though I possess none—and never so much when I saw them used in this village of Dunster gnomerama (during a 2004 Somerset trip):
Now that’s a gnome display. I like how they are given their own space, rather than being exploited as mere accessories. And see how they are fenced in—for their own protection, I’m sure.