I hope you’ve enjoyed my RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 posts. This is the last one and it features a demonstration by Rebel Rebel.
Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin founded this business in 2001, initially specialising in event floristry and then six years ago, they opened a shop in Broadway Market, London, E8.
I absolutely loved the ‘country garden’ window boxes they created and here’s a step-by-step of how they put them together.
The fibreglass window boxes were filled with oasis and Athena initially inserted hornbeam, beech, mock orange blossom, Jacob’s Ladder, rosemary and privet.
Allium ‘Forelock’ and peonies were then added.
Plus eremurus, alchemilla mollis, flagged irises, stocks, lavender, sweet peas, cut clematis and cornflowers.
Rebel Rebel have created similar displays for events and restaurants, and on a much smaller scale, you could copy this design for a dinner party using plants from your garden…
On the same theme of the country garden look, Gus Cavanagh put together a hand-tied arrangement consisting of campanulas, buttercups, stocks, delphiniums, lupins, tree peonies, sweet peas, love-lies-bleeding, dahlias, eremurus, peonies, honeysuckle, jasmine and red robin foliage – all in wonderfully clashing colours.
He then placed the bouquet in a wide neck vase and added to the arrangement. I loved the overall effect, which was so natural.
Another design which the Rebel Rebel team demonstrated was a gladioli fan. Apparently, they’d initially come up with the idea when they’d been asked to create an arrangement for a Spanish bar.
Individual stems of white gladioli were attached to a wire frame.
Then Mairead inserted stunning ‘Bowl of Cream’ peonies into oasis, together with lamb’s ears foliage.
And here’s simply a close-up of those gorgeous peonies!
All of the designs were absolutely stunning and looked even better in real life!
So, that’s it for Chelsea this year. If you’d like to see my previous posts, please click on the links below:
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 : Part 1 – The Show Gardens
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 : Part 2 – The Artisan & Urban Gardens
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 : Part 3 – The Great Pavilion
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 : Part 4 – Simon Lycett
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 : Part 5 – Mathew Dickinson
Not long to wait until the next RHS show though. The next one is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, starting on July 5th and I’ll be blogging about it too…
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)