Chelsea Flower Show, London

A very belated post, but I thought I would post just a few floral photos from this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  There were some truly beautiful gardens and designs on display, all made better by the predominantly sunny week the show managed to be granted with this year.  The favourite show garden of mine was the ‘Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden’ headed by Nick Bailey and his garden team of 42 people. This garden just had a natural elegance, with the seating area beneath a canopy of foliage, inviting you in to relax and enjoy the garden.

Another favourite of mine was the ‘Hartley Botanic Garden’, designed by Catherine MacDonald. The reason this caught my eye was because of the seamless blend between the very modern glasshouse, and the wild and natural element of the wooded garden.

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The Hartley Botanic Garden

Another spectacle that cannot be forgotten, is the Phillip Johnson poppy display. This poignant exhibit was displayed at the front of the Chelsea Royal Hospital and consisted of  300,000 individually crafted crocheted poppies as a memoriam to those who fought in WWII.

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Inside the Great Pavilion were also some beautiful exhibits. I fell in love with ‘The Story of Phalaenopsis’, a stunning archway made up of all different varieties of orchids, culminating in a visual crowdpleaser of exotic colour.

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The Story of Phalaenopsis

The glass house below also features in my list of favourites due to the fairytale aura that surrounded it. The choice of plants and flowers culminated together to create the ‘dream glass house’.

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I will finish this post on the ‘Behind Every Great Florist’ display, quite suitably as today marks the Queen’s 90th Birthday. This exhibit was certainly amongst the most popular at Chelsea this year, down to the celebrations surrounding Her Majesty’s birthday and long rein, but also because it was simply a wondrous display of colour and symbolism of Great Britain.

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Charlecote, Warwickshire

Autumnal BlissGourds

As we are now into the depths of Autumn, I thought I would share a suitably themed post. This week I was lucky enough to find this blissful spot in a village called Charlecote in Warwickshire. This plant and flower centre is opposite the gates to the Charlecote Park National Trust property, and was just teeming with pumpkins, gourds and squashes of every variety imaginable. What made them even more special, was that none of them were imported, all were grown right there in the grounds.

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Although when I visited it was a less than pleasant rainy day, the sight of so many pumpkins of all sizes and colours, soon bought a smile to my face and brightened up my day.

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I mean, have you seen these Turk’s Turban pumpkins?! They were so glorious and unusual I wanted to buy them all! Picking just the one was certainly a challenge…

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Who wouldn’t want a miniature pumpkin?

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After seeing all these I have to admit, it will be hard to ever go back to buying a standard orange pumpkin from the supermarket, a collection of these on the table looking far superior to a carved pumpkin.

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What makes this plant centre even better is that it also has its own organic fruit and vegetable shop. The goods of such a quality that you will wish you lived next door.

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Very sadly, the owners of this delightful centre are retiring, and with no-one willing to take it on, it will be closing its doors for the last time on the 5th November, and I’m sure, will be sorely missed by the local community. So, if you have the chance, and are in the area, make a trip here, even if just to marvel at such an extraordinary collection of Autumnal vegetables, as it seems many there were doing. I don’t blame them one bit.

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