Shock horror this post has nothing to do with cake!!
That’s right, as much as I do love sharing recipes and photos of v delicious bakes, I actually never intended for my blog to be solely baking related. Throw it back to last summer and you’d have seen less baking, and more lifestyle, travel, and days out posts… it’s just kind of gone V V V baking heavy over the last couple of months. BUT it’s now the summer, and summer means more holidays (so less cake eating.. well maybe), days out, and also it’s for sure my favourite time to have a wardrobe refresh, I love summer fashion so maybe I’ll do a holiday outfit post or something.
To kick things off, I thought I’d share some photos from my recent day out at the Chelsea Flower Show. I bought tickets for this sooooo long ago for my mum’s birthday, she’s always wanted to go and thankfully she said I could have the second ticket (tbf I would have been a little upset if she hadn’t wanted to go with me).
The whole day was SO GOOD!! We were so so lucky with the weather, although it was VERY hot, but we were able to find shade, and the gardens were amaazing. Although we’d watched the Chelsea coverage on TV, we still didn’t really know what to expect. I’d never thought about what else would be there other than the actual show gardens, but there were so many amazing stalls, exhibitors, pop up shops, and cafes to wander round.
I love flowers and I feel like I do have an interest in gardening (although I don’t have my own garden), but even if you’re not particularly into gardening, I think you’d still love a day at Chelsea; there are so many amazing things to see and do! Although, if you suffer with hay fever, I warn you now, it was a struggle (literally everywhere you went people were sneezing).
So, here are a selection of highlights from the day…
This was by far my favourite garden from Chelsea, it’s called Beneath a Mexican Sky, designed by fashion designer Manoj Malde. The colours of this garden are so dreamy, definitely garden goals.
From every corner, this garden was absolutely beautiful, so so gorgeous.
This was from one of the BBC Radio Two gardens, I believe this was Jeremy Vine’s and was all about texture. I love the bronze flowers and trees contrasted by the light yellow flowers. (I wish I knew more flower names, I apologise).
I loved this tree!! I feel like it’s a birch? correct me if I’m wrong. We have a silver birch in our garden, but I’d never seen a bronze one before.
This was another BBC garden, it was Jo Whiley’s scent garden. There was something really peaceful about this garden, I’d love to sit in it and read a book or something.
As well as the show gardens, Chelsea is full of lots of stalls and pop ups, selling everything you could think of to do with gardening. These are some insanely amazing sculptures created using dead wood. They were literally amazing!!
This is another fave garden of mine, inspired by Covent Garden, and designed by Lee Bestall.
This garden was particularly beautiful. It was one of the artisan gardens called The Poetry Lover’s Garden by Fiona Cadwallader. I love that this garden is very realistic in the sense that you could take a lot of inspiration from this for your own garden. It was just a very pretty garden, unlike some of the more controversial gardens at Chelsea that won Gold. This garden was awarded a Silver Gilt, however I think it deserved Gold!