From the outset I’d like to say that this little blog post is about some gorgeous blooms called “The Florence” available now from the ever wonderful Bloom & Wild.
If you’re a fan of this blog or follow Tiggy on social media you’ll know that Tiggy just like me (her mum) is a huge fan of blooms albeit her main aim is to eat them! Oh the joys of teething. All jokes aside, Tiggy always seems just as excited as me when a gorgeously packaged bouquet of blooms from Bloom & Wild drops through our letter box.
One of our latest deliveries was “The Florence” and boy were we pleased when we opened the box! Especially as the morning they arrived it was a raining Saturday morning and what better way to start and brighten the day than with some beautiful flowers.
Inspired by the world class gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show “The Florence” contains fragrant stocks, snapdragons, wisps of green bell and astrantia, along with solidago, bupleurum and spray veronica for a modern take on a classic style.
The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Once Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), it is still the most prestigious.
Some key facts about the Chelsea Flower Show include:-
- The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society which was founded in 1804.
- In 1927 there was a campaign to get the RHS to ban foreign exhibits from RHS Chelsea to reduce competition with British firms. The RHS refused saying, ‘horticulture knows nothing of nationality.’
- In 1932 the rain at the Show was so severe that a summer house display fell to pieces. One very wet year an exhibitor named it ‘The Chelsea Shower Flow’.
- The Great Pavilion is roughly 11,775 square metres or 2.90 acres, enough room to park 500 London buses.
- Of the firms that exhibited at the first Show in 1913, three can still be seen at the Show today: McBean’s Orchids, Blackmore & Langdon and Kelways Plants.
- A cap of 157,000 was placed on the number of visitors to the showground in 1988.
The show has just finished for another year but the Bloom & Wild bouquet inspired by it is still available to purchase from Bloom & Wild Flower Delivery and in addition to this bouquet looking beautiful in a vase, the wildflower feel of this bouquet means that it’s also perfect for trimming into posies and popping into jamjars to spread the spirit of Chelsea’s gardens throughout the home plus this bouquet (like all others from Bloom & Wild) has lasted for over a week now and is still going strong and the smell from the moment we opened the box…..heavenly! Our verdict, a perfect “gorgeous!”