I fell in love with a number of gardens and while I thought the much-publicised Pyramid was a little over the top, it was difficult not to smile at the sight of it full of Chelsea Pensioners.
I was also thrilled to see my favourite garden, the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden, win a gold medal. It is such a lovely peaceful space and very different from my own garden, which is a riot of English flowers.
Actually, one of the things I love most about Chelsea is being inspired by things that are quite different from the norm. It gives you the confidence to do something a little bit different and the garden always benefits.
The spent cartridges, dry well and rusted oil can demand attention, but overall the space has a feeling of optimism that nature takes back what man destroys.
Inside the great pavilion was a rainbow of colour. There was a terribly cute Mini bedecked in flowers in the Birmingham City garden and, being a huge fan of the car, it did make me giggle.
Interflora had a wonderful stand called The Message, which featured colourful shards, a host of beautiful blooms and cards with messages that had been collected over the previous weeks; many were very moving.
The exhibit won a Silver Gilt medal and the florists who created it – David Ragg and David Denyer – were very happy to have a chat, which was lovely.
They also brought a god to life in the form of Mercury, their mascot. He popped up all around Chelsea and made the crowds giggle.
I also managed to get a bit of celebrity spotting in. On The English Glasshouse stand there were a bunch of them, including Ringo Starr and John Hurt. I also met Cliff Richard, newsreader Mary Nightingale and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen. It was lucky Charlie was with me, as I have to admit to a slight swoon.
I did manage to keep my cool, though, even as I shared a mini breakfast cooked by the brilliant chef Galton Blackiston, with the stars. Michelin-starred Galton, from Morston Hall in Norfolk, was launching the AGA iTotal Control cooker, which you can switch on and off with your phone!
Then, just as I was getting a little weary, I discovered the Aritisan Retreats stand, beautiful little summerhouses which had been designed by artists and florists to create a haven to relax in. Just looking at them was restful, so I found a shady tree to rest under and had a well-earned cup of tea.