Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show… what’s blooming?

chelsea flower show

Sometimes hubs comes up trumps with the odd corporate jolly or two. One of my fave ones is the RHS Chelsea Flower show first night. Running in it’s usual home of the grounds of the Royal Hospital this week, the show is a pile up of floral fun from prestigious show gardens, to sculptures, garden equipment and all manner of products you didn’t even know you needed in your garden until you saw them.

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

We started our evening off at the hospitality center with some delicious fizz and canapes, before being released into the show gardens themselves.

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

I hadn’t been to the Chelsea Flower Show for years, but still remembered that good old Brit weather is very changeable even in May and that there’s a lot of plodding around. So I dressed accordingly in a fittingly floral Ted Baker skirt – this was last season, but they have more divine whooshy skirts like this in great prints this season too. A simple J.Crew Tippi sweater, Valentino rockstuds (which I’ve sprinted over Waterloo bridge in many a time) and my super useful Sophie Hulme tote for lugging my big Nikon around. I actually wore this similar outfit a while back in this post here, so was pleased that it’s still a worker in my wardrobe.

chelsea flower show

While the rain stayed off we set out to view the gardens…

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

Loved this idea from the Cloudy Bay stand… now that’s the kind of garden I could be happy in.

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

There was an amazing hanging garden of Babylon feel about this walkway… excellent for sheltering from the showers.

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

This was an amazing water feature…

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

All plants aside, I did get quite taken with the notion of a bit of sculpture in the garden…

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

Though these guys were perhaps a little on the ‘run before you can walk’ front for a garden sculpture virgin like myself.

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

As the sun went down we ambled into the pavilion to see some more amazing displays…

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

These looked good enough to eat…

chelsea flower show

But these actually were good enough to eat…

chelsea flower show

After a delightful evening swanning around the gorgeous gardens we took our leave, serenaded by some lovely summer sounds, hopped into a car and headed to an appropriately floral themed dinner just around the corner in Cheyne Walk, before heading home.

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

chelsea flower show

For more info on The Chelsea Flower Show hop on over to the RHS website here.

The show runs through until this Saturday May 23rd and is open 8am-8pm until Friday, 8am-5.30pm Saturday with the famous ‘sell off’ occurring from 4pm.

To shop the look I was wearing click the images below.

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