Well, what a wonderful week it’s been….and for me, the best week this year so far.
I’ve been very privileged to attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on more than one occasion and am finding it a little difficult to put into words what an amazing time I’ve had.
Here’s what happened each day…
Out & about
Whilst there, I also popped over to Jo’s garden to take photos for Flowerona blog posts and also my guest post for the Laura Ashley blog.
And I took along some home-made chocolate brownies to give to Jo and her team…to keep up their energy levels, whilst they were working on the garden.
There was such a lovely atmosphere in the showground…
When I set my goals for Flowerona back in January, attending the Press Day at the show was at the very top of my wish list…so you can imagine how thrilled I was to be invited.
I was up at just gone 5am and at the showground by just gone 7am, with camera and tripod in tow.
After taking photos of some of the show gardens, I popped over to see Jo and Doris the caravan, plus sample a delicious summer punch made by Mark Diacono.
Mr. Alan Titchmarsh was also there filming for the BBC…
And here he is with Jo…
Georgie Newbery of Common Farm Flowers was giving out gorgeous corsages to everyone who visited Jo’s garden.
I couldn’t resist including these photos below of two little people who were keeping Doris guard and Cawdor the corgi who made himself at home in Jo’s kennel. There’s a picture of him with Jo in my blog post from Tuesday.
There were lots of celebrities at the showground on Press Day. I saw Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey, Anneka Rice, Esther Rantzen, Floella Benjamin, Jennie Bond, John Craven, Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Matthew Williamson, Nick Knowles, Nigel Havers, Raymond Blanc and Rob Brydon.
Attending the Press Day was a wonderful opportunity to meet up with people who I follow on Twitter and to be introduced to some new faces.
It was lovely to…
All the press had to leave by 3pm, before the Queen arrived. So I went home and started processing all the 300+ photos I’d taken.
I then travelled back home, wrote some blog posts and answered some urgent emails, before coming back into London to attend an evening function at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Up early again…I’d bought a ticket to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, in case I didn’t manage to get into the Press Day.
In the morning, I took photos inside the Great Pavilion. It was also lovely to meet up with Carmel Meade, who designed and made the beautiful hammock for Jo’s garden.
In the afternoon, I went on a guided tour of Chelsea in Bloom, where the shops around the show create beautiful floral window displays. I’ll be featuring my photos on Flowerona soon, but here’s a sneak preview of DoDo‘s design, created by Simon Lycett.
The only day I didn’t go to Chelsea…so a chance to recharge my batteries, write some blog posts and deal with urgent emails. Plus visit the supermarket as the cupboards were bare and do some washing!
Invited by Interflora, I was up early again to visit Chelsea.
This time to interview David Ragg, one of the florists who designed their stand. I’ll be featuring the interview and images of the stand on Flowerona soon.
And whilst in the Great Pavilion, I took some more photos of the stunning flowers on display.
- Little time to read this week, apart from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show catalogue
- Just Bruno Mars’s CD, Doo-Wops and Hooligans …in the car on the way to the supermarket
Most popular blog post this week on Flowerona
The most popular blog post was RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Jo Thompson’s Show Garden for The Caravan Club : Part 5.
Guest blog post
For Laura Ashley’s blog, I wrote a blog post called Glamping at Chelsea Flower Show, featuring Jo’s show garden with Doris.
On the Heart Home blog, I featured Milk jugs and tea cups with a floral twist from Hanne Rysgaard Ceramics.
I’m missing these out this week…but they’ll be back next Saturday.
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s blog post. It’s been a hectic seven days, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I apologise if you’ve sent me emails and I’ve not replied yet…I hope to catch up next week.
Wishing you a lovely weekend…and if you’re in the UK, enjoy the glorious weather we’re having at the moment.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Floweona, Hanne Rysgaard)