Thursday, 24 May 2012

Chelsea's Bloomers!

There is a great horticultural buzz around town this week with the Chelsea Flower show being the main event that grabs the headlines but a stones throw from the crowds the 7th annual Chelsea in Bloom event spills out onto the streets surrounding Sloane Square hosting an exceptional array of floral designs at every turn.

This year’s theme reflects the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and English eccentricity. Many of Chelsea's local shops, boutiques and retailers are taking part to compete for the much sought after prize crown. Entrants include Mary Quant, Tiffany, Paule Ka, Jo Malone & Cath Kidston amongst others.

For those that wish to get an insight into the ideas and concepts for each display, guided tours are available during the day every half hour from Sloane Square. We grabbed a delightfully fun rickshaw and braved our lives in the London traffic on a whistle stop tour in the very capable hands of our knowledgable guide Nigel Clarke who whisked us off to see the displays making many pitstops along the way as he explained the stories and secrets behind each design.
















 

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20 comments:

  1. These are wonderful Paul, thanks for showing them - I had no idea that the shops had done this. You have to admire the British spirit in the face of adversity, we are irrepressible, it is something to behold. Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase, as are these shops.

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  2. Hello Paul:
    What fun to ride a rickshaw and observe the floral delights around Chelsea. A Sloane Ranger indeed and so many tantalising displays to catch the eye. It will surely be a right royal problem to sort out the winner!

    It is now many years since we attended Chelsea Flower Show and, at the time, we had a wonderful friend who dealt in antiquarian gardening books. As a result, we were fortunate to have Sunday tickets and one could look at leisure and without the crowds.

    How very fortunate that the sun is now shining after the trials and tribulations that the growers must have experienced earlier in the year. When the sun shines, everything and everyone seems so much more cheerful!

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  3. How much fun to ride in a rickshaw and have a tour guide to see all these wonderful store windows. Love the one with the Corgis(?)..and the Royal Guardsman. Have they announced the winner?
    Thanks for the fun tour.
    Babs

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    1. Hi Babs. My guess is that the Floral Crown Award will go to Jo Malone for 'The Queen's Gardening Glove & Trowel' or Ted Baker's 'Royal Corgis'.
      Once they announce the winnner I'll post it at the bottom of the post.
      I should have taken bets:)
      Paul

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  4. I am blown away by the imagination in our world. Blown AWAY!

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  5. Paul they are delightful and wonderful. I had no idea!! What great spirit of community and pride in the Royal family. Please do let us know the winner. What a difficult choice it will be!

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  6. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! Those shop windows look amazing. Like works of art. I can remember from three years ago when I visited Chelsea that the shopkeepers made a lot of work of their window displays indeed. Did you visit Chelsea this year? Was it worthwhile?

    Are your aliums Purple sensation in bloom yet :-)? The good weather must have helped!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Madelief

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    1. I do have two little self seeded Alliums Madelief, but the larger Alliums (Which could be Globemaster or Purple sensation I forget) are still in bud so I think it will only be a week before they flower. Unfortuneately I didn't go to Chelsea this year but am looking forward to Hampton Court later in the year where I can do more shopping!
      Paul

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  7. Hey Paul - Did you find any weeds? ;-) Thanks for sharing those photos. Some of them are really fun and original. Especially the bobby....he's pretty cool!! Wished I could be at Chelsea Flower....will have to wait another year :( Have a super weekend!! Cheers from hot and humid DC, Loi

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    1. Do you know I hunted high and low in those displays and I did not find one weed! You can imagine my disapointment. Fear not faithful weed fan 'Project Weed' is not yet over by a long shot! ;)

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  8. That is very interesting! I love the corgi wearing the crown! Pamela

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  9. First, I have come over from Yonks, I am now a follower!

    Second, wow! The Chelsea Flower Show looks over the top fabulous! I do so wich I could see some of these things in person.

    Have a great weekend, Elizabeth

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  10. What a fabulous tour around those great shops Paul - thanks so much for taking us along.

    Hard to choose a favorite but must say I'm gravitating toward the Queen's guard in red roses -probably because my grandfather was a Coldstream Guard!

    Have a fabulous weekend full of flowers - thanks for your nice comment on my blue hydrangeas!

    Mary

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  11. Dear Paul,
    such beautiful pictures! When I looked down from the 44 bus (coming from Battersea), I saw the sign: "Chelsea-flower-show all sold out". But nevertheless I found something interesting - please look at gardeninginhighheels!

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  12. OH MY GOSH!! What a wonderful flower show -- did you take a million photos? I could stay at a place like this ALL day - such fun. You have such amazing activities where you live -- you always take us to such great places!

    (And -- I want that lavender coat that the lady in your photo is wearing!)

    Love,
    Vicki

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    1. We were booked up and couldn't see main Chelsea show this year but will be attending Hampton Court Flower Show very soon. Then I'll have a million photos to whittle down!
      Paul

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  13. Lovely blog it was a pleasure to take you round and hear some of your interesting stories!! ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Nigel. We had a very memorable tour and told all and sundry to come down to visit you last week. See you next time.
      Paul

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  14. Gosh, I have not been in a richshaw since I was five!! Such a fun way to risk your life though...These are to fabulous for words... you are a lucky fish to be near Chelsea. I am green with envy!!


    VEronica

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