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.
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.
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.
Beautiful floral scents linger in the air and somewhat intoxicated from it, I took way too many pictures… so hang in there.
I have to say I’m a fan of “wildflower” gardens rather than the very strict, regimented ones.
DISCOVERY AREA OF THE FLORAL PAVILION
ORCHIDS TUNNEL AT THE FLORAL PAVILION
How perfect is this tree? It almost looks unreal. For anyone interested, it’s called Satsuki Azalea – approx date of origin 1965.
Mummy – how about this next Christmas instead of a tree?
Hats off to these designs!
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.
Can you tell who’s silhouette this is?
And who’s that handsome man?
CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
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Image 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.
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.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY London | +44 207 730 8135 | website