It’s that time of year again, folks. Wisteria hysteria dies down and London rebounds with yet another floral explosion, this time put together by florists with every intention of grabbing instragram’s attention. I mean really, that poor wisteria never saw instagram coming, did it? Chelsea Flower Show, on the other hand, is open and ready for its closeup, and the fun doesn’t end there. For those of you not able to get your hands on tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show this year, there’s still an opportunity to get involved while in London. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the basics.
First of all, the Chelsea Flower Show started this week and runs through until Saturday evening. That doesn’t give us much time. I’ll try and type faster! For any chance of scoring tickets, run over to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show site now. If you’ve lost all hope, but still want to get your flower power indulgence in, Chelsea in Bloom is the place for you.
Chelsea in Bloom is a celebration of retailers, neighbourhood, flowers and amazingly talented florists. The store fronts of the area are transformed from everyday entrances into something you’d more likely equate with a fairytale. Although this year, I’d say it’s more like being stuck in the Jungle Book as the theme centers around safari. Basically this is the excuse you are looking for to get lost in Chelsea with your thoughts, a camera and extreme patience in waiting out the perfect picture as tourists pass to and fro in front of your dream shot. Can you tell I had a bit of a frustrating moment or two there?
I realize not all of you are in London (see, I do keep you in mind), so have taken the liberty of showcasing some of my favourite discoveries on the trail this season. If you are wishing to see this in person, with fresh eyes, avert your gaze now.
And I must say a huge thank you to The Dorchester who invited me to their rather decadent afternoon tea in the Chelsea Flower Show (also pics below). It felt like a day that was most certainly at the height of sophistication. Let’s just say this is now on the annual calendar…and should have been for the past 15 years.