Thursday, June 8

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

As I mentioned in my event round-up post, I was lucky enough to be taken to the Chelsea Flower Show a few weeks ago by the lovely people at Oka Direct. It's something I've always wanted to go, and although it was different to what I'd imagined (I'd naively not realised it would be quite so overtly commercial, with a huge amount of space dedicated to product sales), it was certainly not disappointing. If you've never been, I'd thoroughly recommend it next year as a special treat.

I'm keeping it light on the words today (at least by my standards), becasue I think the pictures really speak for themselves for the most part, so here's to a bit of escapism by way of pretty flowers!

I'd recently taken possession of my new camera, and the flower show was absolutely the best place to go and have a play with it.

Upon arrival, we were ushered straight to the beautiful Dorchester pop-up bar for a cocktail on the deck. Plenty of pictures were taken of the incredible flower wall at the entrance by Phillip Hammond, The Dorchesters in-house floral designer. Totally stunning...

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Dorchester Pop-Up Bar Flower Wall









After a drink we were set loose to explore...

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Sculptural Orange Tree and Mosaic Wall
Perfect Sculptural Orange Tree + Mosaic Wall: Instantly Transported To The Mediterranean

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Metal Water Feature in Wild Garden
 

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Traditional planters with Olive and Lavender
Inspiration For My Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Purple Flower Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Copper Poppies
Copper Poppies!

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Close up of pink and red flowers

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - modern rusted sculpture













Do you remember 'that' Grand Designs episode, featuring the incredible steam bent wood home of 
Tom Raffield? It was one of my favourite Grand Designs ever, because it wasn't about obscene amounts of money, it was about hard ridiculously hard work, passion, and huge amounts of talent, so it was great to see that Tom was exhibiting at the show. I was obsessed with this hanging chair when I saw them on the show, and I still am - I'd love to own one of these one day...

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Tom Raffield Hanging Chair

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Tom Raffield Lights In Trees At Dusk
Tom Raffield Lights Adorning The Trees At Dusk

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Silk Road Ombre Pink Garden
Silk Road Garden 

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Giant Marble Head Sculpture
I was pretty impressed with the wild tropical vibes of the Bromeliad garden....

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Bromeliad Garden

Until I turned around and saw an entire garden dedicated to my all time favourite Proteas. Who knew there were so many different varieties?!

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - protea garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - protea garden

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - Protea Garden


I know, I know, so many photos of Proteas, but I love them so.

A huge thank you to Oka Direct for hosting such a fantastic afternoon, and for thoroughly spoiling us, and The Dorchester for the delicious cocktail! Flowers and cocktails are definitely the way to my heart!

French For Pineapple Blog - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - White Proteas


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  1. Stunning pictures! Best i've seen of this years CFS

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    1. Oh wow, thanks Melanie! What a lovely thing to say! Xx

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