For the last few years I have visited Chelsea Flower Show. I love to see who is growing what and how, pick up new seeds, check out varieties of Tulips and Roses that I might plant for next year and generally soak up the atmosphere. I usually go with my sister but this year I went with a group of friends that I trained with from Otley College.
My highlights this year included this beautiful Peter Rabbit themed garden and Cleve West's show garden. I was also really inspired by the show garden designed by the young Rich brother's who combined wild and cultivated plants and said the plants had not been forced but grown naturally which was so refreshing. Throughout the show I loved this combination of wild and cultivated plants which is something I use in my own work. I saw much Sweet Rocket, Campion and Cow Parsley. Another favourite garden which had a similar theme was the artisan Potter's Garden. This garden had beautiful Aqueligias, Astrantia, Lunaria ( Honesty) and so much more. The Topiarist Garden had this type of planting interspersed with Topiary shapes which was a really interesting juxtaposition of formal and informal.
Plant favourites included some wonderful yellow Lupins in the Lauren Perrier show garden and indeed Lupins in general, Foxgloves,Campion, Roses, Auriculars, Peonies and a fabulous Sweet William called Sooty on the Avon Bulbs stand. I bought seeds from Avon Bulbs, so hopefully next year!!! I also bought foxglove seed from The Botanic Nursery, Lupin seed from West Country Nurseries and Auricular seed from Drointon Nurseries. I was also given free seeds by M and S to encourage Bees into the garden, what a great advert.
One of my must sees is Peter Beales Rose stand in The Grand Marquee, wonderful as always, Norfolk Roses. This year they seemed to feature more small headed ramblers creating a real secret garden effect.
The dresses made by the Young Florists of the Year were sensational. So all in all a really inspiring day.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.