The Chelsea Flower Show is now in full swing here in the UK. It’s held every year in May, runs for five days and is considered one of the most famous gardening shows in the world. Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. The show attracts well over 150,000 visitors and this number is limited only because of the ground’s capacity.
As part of the royal patronage of the RHS, members of the Royal Family attend a preview of the show and the show itself is a favourite venue for celebrities who are often snapped alongside the exhibits, especially if they have a new type of flower named after them.
Tickets are always much sought after and the show sells out pretty quickly. I didn’t get a ticket this year, but there’s great coverage on TV so I’ve still managed to have my annual fix. On the show’s website, there’s a great feature called “Take Chelsea Home” which offers ideas for getting the “Chelsea look” in your own garden. I’m especially interested in attracting more wildlife into my garden, so I’m particularly interested in the ideas to get the garden buzzing with life. Also trying my hand at growing vegetables this year and have planted tomatoes, runner beans, spinach, lettuce and soft fruit bushes. Fingers crossed.
Now I’m off to dream about what flower I’d like to have named after me…hmm, I think, because I love spring, it would have to be a soft lilac tulip tinged with white, but then I love summer too, so maybe a terracotta rose basking in the sunlight and enjoying the warmth.
What flower would you choose to have named after you?