The last of my photos from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and I think I saved the best till last. ‘Positively Stoke-on-Trent’ was designed in partnership with Bartholomew Landscaping and it represents the future of the city, with the aim of being self sufficient in energy. You may wonder how this is communicated through the vibrant display of blooms and the ambiance of the quietly bubbling pool. Hmm well I didn’t quite get it either, but I cheated and read the display book! The colour scheme is enchanting, with a mixture of English roses in glorious hues of pink and intricate ceramic globes placed in between. I couldn’t help but photograph them, and show them off in all their beauty. If you missed my first two posts from the Chelsea Flower Show you can find them here and here.
The Great Pavillion at Chelsea is filled with the most opulent and lavish displays, with every last nook and cranny of the vast tent populated with both people and plants. I loved wandering around capturing all of the beautifully coloured blooms – especially the multi colored array of lupins which dazzled the crowds. On the Saturday at exactly 4pm the annual plant sale kicks off and the whole tent erupts with noise. It is one of the craziest sites you will see, with people jostling to scoop up any bargains and struggling away with humungous plants; often larger than themselves. Anyone who doesn’t have a chauffeur (which is most of us) can be seen ambling to Sloane Square underground, and it must be the most bizarre site for anyone passing through as the platforms are filled with showgoers and their purchases. This year I brought back one of the lovely bright sunflowers (seen above) from the Marks and Spencers stand, but it’s since perished which doesn’t say much for my plant tending skills.
Apologies this post is long overdue, I’ve been editing and rewording for days now. My visit to the Chelsea Flower Show seems like it was weeks ago, leaving me with a slightly hazy memory and very sore feet. Although the tickets were slightly expensive, it is an all day affair with an abundance of plants and gardens. Of course if there isn’t a horticultural bone in your body then it may not be the place for you! There is much to see, plenty to eat (ahem chelsea buns) and of course drink, in the form of Pimms.
From top to bottom: The Telegraph Garden, Gold Winner designed by Tommasco del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz // A Garden for First Touch at St George’s, Silver Winner designed by Patrick Collins, The RBC Waterscape Garden, Gold Winner designed by Hugo Bugg (such beautiful blue Irises) // London Square, Gold Winner designed by Jo Thompson
Patience is really the key to seeing the outside gardens, with little or no space to move about you have to really have to treasure the moments of space. Best avoided during a thunderstorm (which saw the entirety of Chelsea cram into the show tent) but the place to seek out at 4pm when plant sale craziness kicks off!
I find myself curiously drawn towards greenhouses, lured within by the exotic species and tantalising heat. Let me define my peaked interest in the greenhouse, I’m not talking about one you may find squirrelled away in the depths of the garden but more the grandeur of the Victorian era. These elaborately designed structures became much celebrated pieces by the wealthy upper classes and botanists alike. Last year I visited Chatsworth and its just how you imagine it to be, a grand building surrounded by the sprawling Derbyshire Dales as far as the eye can see; but its the gardens that are the real treat. I could spend hours wandering and getting lost down secret passages and tree lined avenues. Unfortunately the original greenhouse designed by Joseph Paxton in 1837 no longer exists (at the time it was the largest glass building in the world!) being demolished after the 1st World War, due to heating costs. Its a great shame that such a structure was lost, replaced by its much more modern counterpart in which I took these tropical looking species.
A gorgeous little meadow that I stumbled into, hidden next to the Barbican Estate in London. I could of spent all day in here hiding from the city and the world outside. Green spaces & daisies = bliss.
Its not everyday you get to stroll around some of the most private and exclusive gardens in London, but last weekend I did. Eccleston Square was one of the most interesting gardens of those I visited, with secret pathways, a tennis court and a cute greenhouse. The fleeting glances of Georgian architecture are clear indicators to the wealthy area the square lies within (located near Victoria & Pimlico). Locked away, hidden by trees and only usually open to residents; it was all very secret garden-esque. I must admit I became slightly obsessed with this hidden tennis court. I love exploring hidden green spaces in London, so I’m very glad Eccleston Square was included in this years Open Squares Weekend, allowing people to indulge in these secret spaces, if just for the day.