Chelsea Flower Show – The Blossoming of British Summer

Oh my, how many years I’ve dreamt of visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show and I finally got a chance to go. Prepare yourself for a celebration of the finest horticulture and an array of dazzling floral displays. It is truly a feast for your eyes and soul.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 | Karoliina Kazi

POPPIES PROJECT

A glorious tribute to honour those who’ve served in the armed forces. This spectacular sea of poppies has been a labour of love, each poppy, almost 300,00 of them, individually crocheted with a dedication to a serviceman or woman. Red for forces, white centres for nurses, purple for animals.

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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Each year the show is held on the grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea which is the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, who are all retired soldiers of the British Army.

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Beautiful floral scents linger in the air and somewhat intoxicated from it, I took way too many pictures… so hang in there. 

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I have to say I’m a fan of “wildflower” gardens rather than the very strict, regimented ones.

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DISCOVERY AREA OF THE FLORAL PAVILION

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ORCHIDS  TUNNEL AT THE FLORAL PAVILION

Image source: The Guardian

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How perfect is this tree? It almost looks unreal. For anyone interested, it’s called Satsuki Azalea – approx date of origin 1965.

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Mummy – how about this next Christmas instead of a tree?

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Hats off to these designs!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 | Karoliina Kazi

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is undoubtedly considered to be Britain’s most prestigious garden event and it is famous worldwide for its spectacular floral arrangements. The Queen, who has visited the event over 50 times, and has made the event popular among other members of the royal family as well, visited again this year, admiring the floral installations made in honour of HM 90th birthday.

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Can you tell who’s silhouette this is?

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And who’s that handsome man?

Chelsea Garden Show 2016

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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SL  |  +44 20 3176 5800  |  website

Gallery MessImage source: Gallery Mess

Gallery Mess is a short walk from the Chelsea Flower Show, so we ran there for a little pick me up after the show. Part of the Saatchi Gallery, the tea room is a gorgeous, light-filled space – all vaulted high ceilings and blooms everywhere.

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The afternoon tea is surprisingly affordable for such a charming location – for £15.50, or £29.50 for two, you get a selection of British sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and jam, small sponge cake, chocolate tart and a macaroon. Wash them down with a selection of teas, or coffee. Book ahead.

Gallery Mess Afternoon Tea | Karoliina Kazi

GALLERY MESS

Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY London  |  +44 207 730 8135  |  website

15 Comments

  1. 9th June 2016 / 10:57 am

    The silhouette floral arrangement is magnificent, but it’s the handsome man who makes it special. 😉 Thank for sharing this extraordinary event.

    • KAROLIINA KAZI
      9th June 2016 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you, thats very nice of you. I’m sure the handsome man will blush when I tell him 🙂

  2. 3rd November 2016 / 9:12 am

    Oh my Lord! This is the best thing I’ve seen this morning! Those flowers, I will be lost for hours if I were there. So plenty variety of flowers, and they’re all gorgous. Your photos are fabulous, my favourite one is the photo of blurred window with the frame of plants and flowers.

    • 3rd November 2016 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you Rose 🌹 The blurred window is actually a water feature for an outdoor garage and it was one of the winners this year, absolutely gorgeous and so creative.

  3. 3rd November 2016 / 11:53 am

    This was such a great post to read first thing in the morning! All of those flowers are just exquisite 😍
    My mom would love reading this so I’ll have to show it to her. She is a flower fanatic❤️

    • 3rd November 2016 / 2:14 pm

      It’s an amazing event and happens every year – I think I need to take my mum there one year, she would love it.

  4. 3rd November 2016 / 3:35 pm

    How absolutely gorgeous! I love the poppy display, it’s a showstopper and has such deep meaning. Great photos of the whole event, I think I may have to consider popping over one of these years!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

    • 3rd November 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Hi Katja – yes definitely make it happen, it’s such a magical event 🙂

  5. 3rd November 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous pictures of flowers! They’re all quite exquisite. I’m quite the floral hobbyist and love to make my own flower arrangements for my home, so this gave me quite the inspiration for some new centerpieces!

    • 3rd November 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you Alexa. I’m so happy you got inspired xx

  6. Jasmin N
    3rd November 2016 / 5:19 pm

    The garden looks amazing! 😍 I wouldn’t be able to visit there though, due to my allergies but holy potato that place is absolutely gorgeous.

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

    • 3rd November 2016 / 6:05 pm

      True, probably not a place for someone with allergies x

  7. 3rd November 2016 / 10:11 pm

    I have such an appreciation for people who can keep plants alive! I just don’t know how they do it. So beautiful and vibrant and such thought has gone into the layout. What a beautiful event! xo

  8. 4th November 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Love your flower shots! These statues through the concrete are so odd but cool! never have seen something as such! Lovely shots overall!

  9. 4th November 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I am such a sucker for beautiful flowers….this post is absolutely beautiful and the Satsuki Azalea is just mind blowing. Thanks for sharing this, Karoliina. Great job.

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