As a rookie gardener in 1980, I paid my entrance fee to visit the Chelsea Flower Show and sploshed around in the mud that rainy year with all the other green fingered mob. Met lovely old Percy Thrower who gave me some hints. From then on, fell in love with growing things, even to having an allotment at the back of our 200-ft garden in Brentwood, Essex
Now, I am invited as a member of the press and in this guise, have been visiting every year since 2000. The flowers from around the world - as well as from the UK - are exquisite. The show is open until Friday when you have a chance to buy some of them at show-break prices.
Here are just some of the snaps which have been added to my collection. Pleased to meet Helen Mirren, Mary Berry (and daughter snapped with my daughter Sally) and a host of very nice folk from the world of arts, media and entertainment world. Great to meet David Gandy who comes from my part of the world. At the moment, he is the world's most successful male model and it was lovely to meet his family.
More pictures arriving laterl