CMV correspondent John Woolford didn’t have an accredited press pass for the Chelsea Flower Show, so he retreated to the nearby National Army Museum and made a surprising discovery

The ‘flower’ tank was on display at the National Army Museum

With security at the Chelsea Flower Show tighter than a Donbas road block thanks to protests by Just Stop Oil, my day was saved by a large vegetable tank sitting pride of place in the National Army Museum’s front yard. Based on the E8 Sherman used in the 2014 film Fury, the tank was one of the stars of this year’s Chelsea in Bloom, west London’s poshest borough’s celebration of all things botanical. ‘Flowers on Film’ was the theme, so congratulations are in order for the person who had the fever dream that resulted in a big green tank rather than a Triffid.

The tank wasn’t actually made of vegetables, but rather moss and plants – which doesn’t sound as cool, but is equally as bonkers! If you were reading this review in Gardeners’ World magazine you’d now be looking at a list of the plants involved. But you aren’t, so let’s just say aspidistra leaves, shamrock chrysanthemums and sphagnum moss are in there somewhere and move on.

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