Fleur Friday

David Austin Garden Display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Happy Fleur Friday Flower Friends!
Well, here’s the last glimpse from my epic England trip ~ a parting shot of David Austin’s Display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I sure hope you enjoyed all the photos from England!
It was a great trip, albeit I could have used another day or two to run around and visit more shops. Isn’t that always the way? Could always use another day or two…
I am really happy with what an amazing trip it was and thankful for all the fantastic experiences.

As for next week – we are back to “normal programming” here on Flirty Fleurs! Fabulous Florist Interviews, Wedding Wednesday, the Q&A Series returns on Thursday and maybe, just maybe a book giveaway coming up .. be sure to check in for details.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend and all of you with weddings – hope your events go smoothly!

Ohhh… one more thing before I sign off for the weekend — for those of you in Oregon or Washington! Florabundance will be in Portland next week and hosting a Flower Happy Hour. Francoise Weeks & I are planning on attending, hope to see you there! Here are the details:

florabundance in portland

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – The Gardens

Today is our last visit with RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I had planned to do a post about The Gardens on display, but realized I actually had very few photos of the gardens. The amount of people at Chelsea is staggering, really! It was hard to get a shot of the gardens, as you’ll see below. Sorry! Be sure to check out Flowerona’s blog if you want to see more Garden photos. What you will notice is that I have a good amount of photos of studios and greenhouses, I guess my true interests shined through – I’m in the process of designing a design studio on my property. I definitely felt inspired by the studios and greenhouses I saw at Chelsea..
So here goes, the last of what I saw at Chelsea..

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Garden Gate and yellow garden roses

This was at the entrance, the real thing – Garden Gate with garden roses to greet guests!

A few of the gardens:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Purple landscaping

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Garden filled with purple, white and green flowers/foliages.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

How gorgeous is this table? This was a fun, industrial and green garden.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Red Garden

My favorite garden was the red, wine and burgundy flower garden.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Lovely mixed flower garden.

Oh, and earlier I mentioned the crowds – here is one shot to give you an idea of what the aisles were like:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The crowds at Chelsea blew me away. I knew it would be crowded, but it was even more crowded than I expected. I highly recommend getting there when the gates open!

Garden Studios:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - garden studio

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Art Studio, Garden Studio

Here it is – my dream studio! Just needs to be a bit bigger. Love the clean & modern style.

A few of the pretty greenhouses, I really want a pretty little greenhouse on my property.. :
RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

Loved this shade garden to the side of the greenhouse.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Greenhouse

Visiting Chelsea really was fun. I highly recommend going if you love flowers and gardens – very inspiring!
PS – I’m really not complaining about the crowds, I was just fascinated by them! Great to know so many people are interested in flowers and gardens.

Next week I will share photos from my visit to David Austin Roses, Chelsea In Bloom, New Covent Garden & Neill Strain’s Passion for Peonies.

Wishing you all a fantastic, flower filled weekend!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Focus on the Flowers!

Today we take a close up look at all the flowers on display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The displays were just breathtaking and you’ll see in these photos that I was clearly drawn to the Allium and Clematis displays!!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Display

Allium Display with Amaryllis in the background

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium & Amaryllis Display

Allium & Amaryllis Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Garden

Variety of Alliums

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Orange Allium

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Allium Siculum Nectaroscordum

Allium Siculum Nectaroscordum

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Amaryllis

Amaryllis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Amaryllis

Amaryllis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Auricula

Auricula

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Begonias

Begonias

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Chandos Beauty' Garden Rose

‘Chandos Beauty’ Garden Rose

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses

RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

David Austin ‘William and Catherine’ Rose

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Delphinium and Begonias

Delphinium and Begonias

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Foxgloves and Poppies

Foxgloves & Poppies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Gloriosa, Allium and Bleeding Heart

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Heuchera

Heuchera

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Heucheras

Heucheras

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Hostas

Hostas

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Hyacinth

Hyacinth

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Hollyhock Hyacinth

“Hollyhock” Hyacinth

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Iris

Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Iris

Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Secret Rites' Iris

‘Secret Rites’ Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Iris

Iris

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Irises

Irises

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Irises

Irises

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lavender

Lavender

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lilies

Lilies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lilies

Lilies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lupines

Lupines

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lupines

Lupines

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lupines

Lupines

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - McBean's Orchids

Orchids by McBean’s

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - McBean's Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium Orchids by McBean’s

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lady Slipper orchids by McBean's

McBean’s Orchids

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Queen of Sweden (Austiger) David Austin Garden Rose

Queen of Sweden (Austiger) Garden Rose by David Austin

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Roses on a Garden Gate

Garden Roses

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Sarracenia

Sarracenia

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Streptocarpus & Begonias

Streptocarpus & Begonies

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Streptocarpus & Begonias

Streptocarpus & Begonias

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Kaen' Clematis

‘Kaen’ Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Taylor's Clematis

Taylor’s Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Taylor's Clematis

Taylor’s Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

Thorncroft Clematis Nursery

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Innocent Blush' Clematis

‘Innocent Blush’ Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 'Maria Sklodowska Curie' Clematis

‘Maria Sklodowska Curie’ Clematis

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – The Floral Designs

Today I’ll be sharing the various floral designs I saw at RHS Chelsea. The dresses that I shared yesterday were by far the biggest design draw at the show. — Oh, by the way if you want to see more dresses pop on over to Flowerona’s Blog here. Rona has a great blog post up showing the entries for RHS Young Florist of the Year which took place before I arrived at the show. —
There were other designs and competitions happening throughout the show. Here’s one of the main competition halls, quite a bit of variety in the designs ~

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Interflora’s “Succession” Display

Other Floral Displays seen at Chelsea:

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London

Marks & Spencer Display

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Floral Dresses

Let’s start our RHS Chelsea Flower Show visit with a look at the dresses made of flowers. The dresses shown here were competing for the RHS Florist of the Year competition, ages 26 and older. (There is also a competition for “RHS Young Florist of the Year” of ages 16-25.) For this competition the designers were asked to create a Fantasy Floral dress to be worn to a Crystal Ball.
The winner of this competition was Lisa Fowler of Eden Taunton Floral Design.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Sara Lewis of The Bay Tree

Sara Lewis
The Bay Tree

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Alison Penno of Flower Scene

Alison Penno
Flower Scene

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Amanda Randell of Academy of Floral Art

Amanda Randell
Academy of Floral Art

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Ciara Quigley of The Flower Boutique

Ciara Quigley
The Flower Boutique

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Helena Pike of Daisy Chain

Helena Pike
Daisy Chain

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Jillian Page of Something Special Flowers

Jillian Page
Something Special Flowers

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Katy Coleman of Lee Berrill Florist

Katy Coleman
Lee Berrill Florist

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Lisa Fowler of Eden Taunton Floral Design

The Winning Dress
Lisa Fowler
Eden Taunton Floral Design

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Peter Alan Bodnar of World of Mandaps

Peter Alan Bodnar
World of Mandaps

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Sara Barrow of Flowers with Passion

Sara Barrow
Flowers with Passion

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Vicky Rymell of Hubbards Florist

Vicky Rymell
Hubbards Florist

Which Dress is your favorite?

I love London!

If you’ve followed this blog for the past 4 years or know me at all, you know that I love London! It’s such a fabulous city! I love that I can get around town via the Underground and it is absolutely filled with wonderful things to see for flower lovers.
Ohhh… and was this past visit filled to the brim with flower goodness!
Today I’ll give you a re-cap of what I did and saw and the following days this week I will post more in depth looks at each event.
First, I arrived into Heathrow and caught the express train into Paddington Station. First thing I see – flower stand:

Paddington Train Station in London w/ floral display

Then I was off to the next train station to meet up with my friend, Emma, who I stayed with and again I see more flowers:

Flowers at a London Train Station

Thursday morning I was up bright and early and off to the New Covent Flower Market to meet up with the one and only Paula Pryke! Love her! We perused the flower market, chatting with other flower designers and admiring the gorgeous flowers available. We had a nice time at the market and then we caught a cab over to Neill Strain’s phenomenal shop in Belgravia. Neill’s shop is so beautiful and I just love going there for a visit.
Here’s Paula & Neill in front of his shop:

Paula Pryke & Neill Strain in front of Neill's flower shop in London

Paula Pryke & Neill Strain

Neill had a special flower show as part of Chelsea Fringe happening at his shop called Passion for Peonies. He had peonies that I’ve never seen before, so many incredible varieties.

Passion for Peonies at Neill Strain's Flower shop in London.

Passion for Peonies at Neill Strain’s Flower shop

Neill, Paula and I enjoyed a fantastic brunch and chatted about the floral scene in London. They told me about visiting Chelsea In Bloom. Then Neill says – let me see if anyone has an extra ticket to Chelsea for today. (I had one ticket for Chelsea for Friday. If you ever go to Chelsea make sure to buy your tickets well in advance as they do sell out!). After our fun visit Neill drove me over to Chelsea In Bloom and told me he’d text when he finds a ticket. Chelsea In Bloom takes place at various shops around Sloane Square (the neighborhood just outside the Chelsea Flower Show). Sure was fun hunting for the shops that were participating and watching passerby’s reactions. About 90 minutes later I receive a text from Neill – he has a ticket! I was so excited, all of a sudden I was going to Chelsea a day early!!

Entrance to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

In the coming days I will be posting quite a few photos from Chelsea .. as soon as I sort through all of them!

I only spent a few hours there on Thursday as I knew I’d be there all day on Friday. After leaving the show I walked around Chelsea, Sloane Square and Pimlico Road. Wandered upon Nikki Tibbles’ Wild At Heart Shop:

Wild at Heart on Pimlico Road, London

Wild at Heart

And saw this gorgeous floral design sitting in the shop:
Flower Arrangement by Wild At Heart in London

Then I was off for more walking, wandered up through Belgravia neighborhood and ended up by Buckingham Palace. Then caught the underground back to Emma’s flat.

Friday morning came and I was off for a full day at Chelsea Flower Show! Yes, I really spent all day there and I think I saw everything. Hopefully I saw everything! Plus, I got to visit with Rona of Flowerona Blog. So great to see Rona and catch up, plus she knows all about Chelsea and could fill me in on details. Emma and her friend, Wendy, joined for the evening hours and we were the last of the group that left when the gates closed at 8pm. Off for a walk through the neighborhoods and a great dinner.
Hold tight .. you’ll be seeing plenty of Chelsea photos this week!

Saturday came and we decided to go for a drive into the north, towards Birmingham we drove. That idea turned out to be brilliant. Joe Massie was in Birmingham working on a floral installation.
Check out this piece he designed:
Joseph Massie Floral Dress 2014

Joe, Emma and I enjoyed a long visit over dinner in the small town of Wolverhampton. Good times and felt I had to pinch myself to believe I was there sitting with my friends at a random pub in Northern England.

Joseph Massie and Alicia Schwede, England 2014

Joe always makes me laugh

I can hardly believe where Emma and I ended up on Sunday. David Austin Roses. Yes, that David Austin! Located just outside Wolverhampton are the David Austin Rose Gardens. We perused the gardens, and more gardens. We had tea (cappuccino for me) and crumpets in their tea room. We studied the plants for sale. Finally selected an amazing yellow Graham Thomas Garden Rose for Emma’s garden.

Gift Shop at David Austin Roses

The entrance to the gift shop and the rose gardens at David Austin.

Talk about a perfect day, a perfect weekend and a perfect week!

Sunday evening we drove back to London. I quite enjoyed driving thru the countryside, the weather was perfect and the rolling green hills so beautiful.

Monday rolled around and we decided to take an easy day after 4 days of running around. The biggest outing was to visit Peggy Porschen’s cake shop in Belgravia. Peggy’s cakes are glorious to look at and just as good to eat!
Peggy Porschen Cakes

Tuesday came way too quickly and it was time to return home. Crazy how quickly a week can go by, of course two days are lost to the traveling to and from Seattle to London.

Oh, one more thing I saw while out strolling around London – sides of buildings covered in plants. I thought these were just spectacular!

The side of a building in London covered in plants

The side of a building in London covered in plants

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London!

Special post this Sunday to announce I will be flying to London, England this week to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!!

I’ve wanted to attend Chelsea for the past 15 years, but never was able to because I always had weddings scheduled at the time. This year I am free, and I’m jumping on a plane and going to London!

That being said – if you are in London, or will be attending Chelsea, and would like to visit let me know. I will be attending Chelsea all day Friday. (all Thursday tickets were already sold out when I tried to get one).

Chelsea Flower Show

PS – Since I’ll be in London this week, all posts on Flirty Fleurs will be focused on England!