As a nation of garden lovers, we have been revelling in the recent warm weather.
The wisteria with its heavenly scent may be over for many of us but our beds and borders are bursting into bloom with peonies, roses, Lady’s mantle and so much more.
It’s the most glorious time of year, the greens are vibrant, the flowers speckled with dew and the Chelsea Flower Show has seduced us again with its stunning displays.
Except this year there was also the sight of puerile, selfish Just Stop Oil protesters doing their best to destroy an eco-friendly garden.
The three women throwing orange powder paint at the exhibit from their handbags certainly made me see red. So, hurrah for the passer-by who turned a hose on the garden-wrecking demonstrators to douse their protest. Sadly she was stopped by a security guard while the protesters continued unchallenged.
What struck me was just how stupid this self-righteous trio were.
The three women threw orange powder paint at the garden exhibit from their handbags
Puerile, selfish Just Stop Oil protesters doing their best to destroy an eco-friendly garden
First of all, it was a sustainable garden planned specifically to demonstrate that gardening can benefit the planet.
Secondly, the gardening community are exactly the kind of people eco-protesters should be engaging with, rather than enraging — for we all want to encourage birds and bees and do our best to be green. And then there’s these idiots’ decision to attack Chelsea at all, the flagship event in the Royal Horticultural Society’s calendar. For the RHS has been bending over backwards to boost wild gardening over more traditional practices, suggesting weeds such as dandelions should trump our cherished delphiniums.
Top prize this year went to a wheelchair accessible garden — which is deeply ironic considering that one of the three Just Stop Oil protesters is Rosa Hicks, 28, a disability support worker. What abject hypocrisy.
But then stupidity and hypocrisy are a common theme among these kinds of protesters. This week, animal rights nutters kidnapped three lambs from King Charles’s Sandringham estate to ‘rescue’ them. How can snatching terrified creatures away from their mothers be seen as anything other than cruelty?
There hasn’t been a week like this for sheer dumb-headedness among the eco-morons. Chelsea was the moment they finally lost the plot.
Help for Holly…
In her final message to Phillip Schofield, This Morning’s Holly Willoughby tweeted ‘the sofa won’t feel the same without him’ signing off with a pink heart emoji which means girl power. Given what we’ve just learned about Schofield, who quit ITV yesterday after admitting he lied to colleagues about a relationship with a younger man, she needs all the girl power she can get.
This Morning’s Holly Willoughby tweeted ‘the sofa won’t feel the same without him’ signing off with a pink heart emoji which means girl power
Ad is a boob by Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein launch their new underwear range with a picture of a man wearing a woman’s sports bra and the tagline ‘this is love’.
No, this is gross — and what woman would seriously want to wear a bra paraded by an obese bloke with more chest hair than King Kong?
Calvin Klein launch their new underwear range with a man wearing a woman’s sports bra
After a search of a reservoir just miles from where Madeleine McCann disappeared, police have found ‘relevant clues’. Her parents Gerry and Kate now have an agonising wait as tests are carried out in Germany, possibly trying to identify shreds of her pink Eeyore pyjamas. Sixteen years after Maddie disappeared, who can even begin to imagine their continuing heartbreak?
Struggling Instagram cook Brooklyn Beckham endorses chef’s gear, emblazoned with the Beckham brand. A wooden spoon award for the soft little ‘Nepo-baby’. He can’t even flog an apron without his parents’ name on it.
Amid all the wreckage of Hollywood marriages, how wonderful to see Tom Hanks, 66, at Cannes loved-up with his wife of 35 years Rita Wilson. No coincidence that in almost all his movies, including Saving Private Ryan, Philadelphia, Sully, Forrest Gump and Castaway, he’s the good guy.
Model Orla Sloan who ‘seductively’ styles herself as Devil Baby had a one-night stand with Chelsea footballer Mason Mount before stalking him. She’s been convicted and awaits sentence. There should be no leniency for loony women, however hot they look in a bikini. If a man stalked a woman, he’d be locked away.
In a melee of models such as Irina Shayk (wearing almost nothing) at Cannes, Nicole Scherzinger stood out in a comparatively demure gown leaving plenty to the imagination. Which makes you wonder in this era of female emancipation why some women still feel they have to dress like hookers.
Model Irina Shayk wearing almost nothing at the 76th Cannes film festival
Nicole Scherzinger stood out in a comparatively demure gown leaving plenty to the imagination
Puffed-up football pundit Gary Lineker proudly accepts a ludicrous humanitarian award for supporting migrants in apparent contravention of impartiality rules at the BBC where he is paid £1.35 million.
Taking a numpty award, celebrating his own proclamations . . . is this vainglorious former footballer turning into Meghan Markle?
Tina belonged to us all
An outpouring of grief after the death of Tina Turner, an icon who managed to thrive after years of abuse at the hands of her ex-husband Ike. While women of black ancestry are understandably clamouring to claim Tina as their own, as a star celebrated not just for her voice but also her kindess, Tina belonged to all of us.
Simply the best.
Women of black ancestry are understandably clamouring to claim Tina as their own, as a star celebrated not just for her voice but also her kindess
A weird world where woke Oxford University students cancel female speakers with views on biological women they disagree with, yet appear unconcerned about a speech by ex-porn star Stormy Daniels who had an affair with Donald Trump.
Despite trying to cancel J.K. Rowling over her views on transgender women, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson must admit defeat. Her Harry Potter adaptations are in the top ten most watched Netflix films. The two ingrates must remember the Hogwarts motto ‘never tickle a sleeping dragon’.
The new Partygate investigation into Boris is a civil service stitch-up with the PM’s fingerprints all over it. Don’t the Tories realise that every time they attack the man who won a stonking majority and Brexit, they remind us how wishy washy Rishi is?
It took Sunak three days to clear Suella Braverman of accusations by unnamed civil servants that she broke the ministerial code by asking for advice over a speeding fine. Why so long? He was probably too busy reading his latest Jilly Cooper novel trying to learn how to be a real man.
It took Sunak three days to clear Suella Braverman of accusations by unnamed civil servants that she broke the ministerial code by asking for advice over a speeding fine
Bravery only women know
BBC Five Live presenter Naga Munchetty bravely reveals she suffers from the rarely diagnosed condition adenomyosis, which leaves women with agonising, pain during their periods. Doctors dismiss it, as both she and I found out.
After my third scan the nurse said I should stop wasting NHS time. I went private and was told the condition was so severe the only ‘cure’ was a hysterectomy — a bitter pill to swallow as I desperately wanted children. Am just thinking that if a man was living in such pain, NHS staff may have been a bit more sympathetic and diligent.
The sun shines, black ants invade. Yesterday my kitchen surfaces were swarming with insects. I learnt from my grandpa Ted that we must deter not kill these noble creatures which have family values. The secret is a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water wiped on surfaces. Detect their point of entry and smother it with white chalk. For some reason ants hate white chalk — which in this day and age takes us into murky waters.