I tend to miss out on the Chelsea Flower Show – I have every intention of buying tickets or applying for a press pass, but almost every year I find myself a day late (must do better). Chelsea In Bloom to the rescue. To get in the spirit of the show, nearby shops on the King’s Road and Duke of York Square (accessible from Sloane Square Station) hold a competitive floral display of there own. Last year, Rag & Bone were the clear winners, but this year Kate Spade stole top prize with their Rio inspired display. Chelsea In Bloom finishes tomorrow, so there’s still plenty of time to visit.
Resplendent with a foundation of big leaves and palm fronds in a rich green and garnished with birds of paradise and other vibrant flowers, I literally caught my breath when I rounded the corner to see it.
Creation In Colour
I have to admit I don’t know all of the names of these flowers, but just look at the colour and their unique forms. What’s not to love?
Also look out for the vertical garden outside the soon to be J.Crew store – although not officially a part of Chelsea In Bloom, it fits in nicely with it’s rosemary, sage, lavender and other flowering herbs that have been planted to attract honey bees.
There’s a prosecco and oyster pop-up bar on Sloane Square throughout the festival, while Manicomio’s on Duke Of York Square is my favourite place to grab a spot of lunch.
Find out more about Chelsea In Bloom, including the winners, theme and related events, here.
© Kate McAuley