I head to the Chelsea Flower Show for 7am. I have a mad hour of preparation; the judges are so fussy. I stop for an interview with Granada Television. Most of the day is spent talking to radio and TV. My garden has a Beatrix Potter theme and I have a photo shoot with Pat Routledge and someone dressed as Peter Rabbit. I didn't expect lots of publicity. I am only a one-woman company, based in the spare bedroom of my house in Gloucestershire.
I have a difficult site riddled with manholes and the main stopcock is also in the corner. I am told that there is a leak in the marquee and I have to keep the manhole clear for access. It is a bit upsetting, as my site is not exactly how I planned it.
The showground clears around 3pm for the arrival of the Queen. I am starving and frozen; I've been living off adrenaline. The Queen comes to look at my garden - I think this is a good sign.
I have a meal in the evening with my partner Paul in La Strega in Fulham: lots of red wine and pasta.
Arrive at the showground to be told I have won a gold medal. I'm so excited, and try not cry. My phone starts ringing and doesn't stop until the battery dies. I start hugging and kissing people. I'm on cloud nine.
I go back to the same restaurant and order a bottle of red wine. When I explain why I am celebrating they give me the second bottle free and get me to sign the menu. I feel like a celebrity.
Another members' day, more talking to people. Lots of family and friends have bought tickets, which is really nice. I get the chance to escape to the visitors' restaurant. I have to call my clients and check my messages. I spend the evening in Oxford with Paul.
I head back to Chelsea, which is open for the general public. It is a very busy day talking to people and handing out leaflets. Back to Oxford after the show for a quiet night.
A bell is rung at half past four to end the show. This a chance for people to sell off parts of their garden. Packing away is really sad, the garden has become so much a part of me. I'd hoped to be able to find somewhere to rebuild it after the show. Back home to face the slugs, and watering and weeding my neglected garden.Reuse content