Spontaneity is key in florist shop owner life. If I see a window of opportunity for an afternoon off, I have to grab it! So on Thursday the sun was shining and it was RHS Chelsea Flower Show week. The biggest week of gardening / floristry Inspiration the UK has to offer. Not only the show itself, but all the events in London that tie in with it. So I decided to travel up to London to see the sights of Chelsea in Bloom, a trail of shops which had all entered this years Under the Sea competition.
Chelsea’s floral art festival had it all! From a breathtaking gold award winning tropical archway created by Linda Cottee Flowers, which elegantly showcased nude and blush tones full of anthuriums, blousy peonies and trails upon trails of tillandsia outside Club Monaco, to an amazing seahorse made from eryngium thistle and eucalyptus by Heidi Lawley ‘Heidesigns’ for Poetry.
Kiki McDonough exhibited the most carnations I’ve ever seen in one design, in their sensational floral octopus which was created by Phillip Corps Flowers.
I adored the archway outside Rag & Bone, which was made from assorted foliage’s and a huge amount of statice and dried lotus heads; this was made by Harper & Toms.
Toast had a pair of dolphins made with no single use plastics or floral foam designed by Larry Walshe. Florists Moyses Stevens in Chelsea adorned the front door of their boutique store with a burgundy octopus!
Many more sea creatures featured around Sloane Square, including an orcha whale made from willow in a sea of blue chrysanthemums and gypsophelia, shimmering jellyfish and the most detailed turtle made from shells of fruit and dried flower pods.
These were designed by All for Love florists, headed up by Ruth Davis. They also made a pair of seahorses from skeleton leaves which we somehow sadly missed!
An inspiring afternoon before we managed to get tickets for the Flower Show… more about that next time!
Have a great week.
Love, Emma xx