Chelsea Flower Show 2013 – Floral Marquee

chelsea lavender

So Chelsea Flower Show was a wee while ago but frustratingly I haven’t been able to get the images off my camera – doh! My technical glitch has now been sorted so here we have the first in a small series of posts about my first ever visit to the RHS show.

The floral marquee is massive.  You could spend hour upon hour upon hour in there.   We had 3pm tickets so after a little while we just had to make a move if we were to see the show gardens. Here are my highlights!

Chelsea dahliaChelsea tulipsChelsea alliumChelsea lavenderChelsea dahlia

OMG CAROL!!  She was filming Gardeners World.  Before this lovely photo was taken she was up on her feet shouting at people to “STOP FLASHING!”  Amazing.

Chelsea carol

Winter break – be back soon!

I haven’t abandoned the blog, but I have been extremely busy with my day-job (meh!) and my stationery clients in November and December.  It happily corresponds with a very quiet time of year for the garden and garden visits.  I was hoping to get out and about with my camera to capture some winter loveliness but unfortunately i’ve been chained to my desk.

So now it’s the Christmas season.  We’re off to Somerset for a few days and then we fly out to New Zealand where I will be sure to do some garden visits.  I’ll be back on the blog on 1 February.  Have a wonderful break and see you in the New Year!

Friday Scout – outdoor inspiration for the weekend

Hi folks.  As usual, here is a small selection of nice things found on the internet this week.  Hope you have wonderful weekends.  Tomorrow I am hopefully visiting the London Wetland Centre – I have my fingers crossed for some sun!

The best forests and woodlands

About a farm: Ben Pentreath’s blog is an utter joy.  This post is about the beauty of farm dereliction.

Nursery dinner party by Kinfolk at Terrain, in Philadelphia.  Beautiful photographs by Partker Fitzgerald.

Drying herbs by Amy Merrick

The love of heirloom pumpkins on Fig & Fauna.

Beautiful autumnal photographs on Wellies & Vogue

Jekka McVicar: Keeper of the Herboretum, a profile on the Oxonian Gardener blog (oh, I want to be Jekka McVicar when I grow up)