Chelsea in Bloom

IMG_1945The Chelsea Flower Show was the main purpose of our London visit this year and from the moment we checked into our apartment in Chelsea we felt the Flower Show spirit all around us. The accompanying Chelsea in Bloom is a festival of floral displays by its local retailers. It is now in its eighth year and the streets of Chelsea are a joy to walk around from 20th – 25th May.  The retailers compete for the coveted awards with a display of extraordinary floral designs.IMG_1940

This year’s Chelsea in Bloom theme is the ‘Decades’ and celebrates the centenary year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The floral displays reflect iconic periods of British design, whilst taking inspiration from participating retailers’ archives from the past 100 years.

Last year’s winner was Liz Earle, and 2012’s highly awarded stores were Ted Baker, The White Company, and Hackett.

See the 2013 results at the end of this post.


The real in with the fake and a few jewels for good measure.IMG_1943

Flower boxes were everywhere.IMG_1936

Green and gold blocks of colour.IMG_0420

We arrived early enough to see the installations in progress.IMG_0417

Mary Quant is still a presence and her enduring flower motif is apt for Chelsea.IMG_0419

French home linen store and even Mary pops up again.IMG_0418

Skincare shop could be mistaken for a florist.
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Even if you don’t go to the Chelsea Flower Show you will be treated just walking around the streets.IMG_0539 IMG_0541

The bus was used for transporting celebrities to the Chelsea Flower Show.


The driver told us that for this purpose M & G Investments sponsored the bus and after the show it will be sponsored by another company for another marketing purpose. IMG_0538 IMG_0537

Ban the Bomb, does anyone remember that era?IMG_1976

Here’s the closeup.


The dull weather days in London were forgotten with a stroll around Chelsea.


You cannot go wrong with green on green.


Click on this image so it blows up and you will see the detail of the handle – under Fatima’s hand door knocker.IMG_1962

Ok in case you are lazy here is a close up.


This is nearly the end.IMG_1974

And the  winner was….do visit the link as the winner is not in my photos.


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  1. #1 by Lisa the Gourmet Wog on June 28, 2013 - 8:38 am

    what a delightful post!! I’d love to visit Chelsea one year….one day 🙂

  2. #2 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on June 29, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    Roz, how spectacular!! Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous photos! xx

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