Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens October 21, 2012

Gardens are an essential part at Chelsea Flower Show: everybody knows the passion of British people for gardening ! 

Compared to Designers’ gardens, I prefered themed Artisan Gardens which were less “professional” but more lively. 

ARTISAN GARDENS: 

DESIGNER GARDENS

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Chelsea Flower Show: Nurseries June 3, 2012

The Great Pavilion is the centerpiece of the show where features all nurseries, flower growers, plant societies and florists.

Actually each nursery is specialized in a specific kind or family of flowers. In a very limited space (most stands are around 4-5 m2, the display or the merchandising is very important to valorize the flowers. I saw some nurseries with the same speciality, orchids for example, but their stands looked so different: some were more attractive than the others. 

Of course the display varies also according to different types of flowers. Most long-stemmed cut flowers are displayed in a regular shape as a floral arrangement sticked in floral foam. My favorites are herbaceous “wild” style flowers that are often displayed as in the nature or in a cottage garden: meaning a voluntarily neglected style but carefully arranged in reality. 

Here is the ranking of my favorite stands: 

  • Gold Medal : Culm View Nursery, Herbaceous Perennial specialist 

  •  Silver Medal: D’Arcy & Everest, Specialist Alpine Nursery & Gardens 

 
  • Bronze Medal: (after hesitating for long) goes to Jacques Amand International, Bulbous Plants Specialist 

 
Of course many other nurseries are of special interest. Here are more pictures. 
The Tokonoma by Binny Plants, Peonies Specialist
 
 Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
Harveys Garden Plants, shade and woodland plants, hardy herbaceous plants
McBean’s Orchids
Thorncroft Clematis, early summer flowering clematis
David Austin Roses, bridal bouquet collection
Peter Beales, classic roses
National Chrysanthemum Society
Waitrose & NFU, Fruit, flowers, vegetables & plants
Waitrose & NFU, Fruit, flowers, vegetables & plants
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, orchids
 

Peony at Parc Floral Paris April 30, 2012

牡丹 (Mu Dan) &  芍药 (Shao Yao) 

Peony is one of my favorite flowers. In Chinese, the two types of peonies have completely different names, but they belong to the same family: Paeoniaceae. 

In English, their name reflects more obviously the difference : Tree Peony and Herbaceous (bush) Peony. Tree peony flowers are supported by woody branches and lose their leaves in winter while leaving woody stems; bush peonies have non-woody, green stems, they die back in winter and regrow in spring. Tree peonies have bigger flowers and they bloom 15-30 days earlier then herbaceous peonies. 

Tree Peony, 牡丹 (mǔdān), is the national flower of China, it is also known as “flower of riches and honour”. In Chinese culture, Tree Peony is also called “King of Flowers” while Herbaceous Peony is called the “Prime Minister of Flowers”. 

Thanks to a Japanese donation, Parc Floral of Paris hosts a large collection of Peonies. End April, begging May is the season of Tree Peonies, while some of Herbaceous Peonies are not yet in bloom.

 

 

Delicious flowers April 2, 2012

 

I guess the small white flowers must be very delicious. During the 15 minutes I watched him, the horse never raised his head!

 

horse cheval fleur flower eat spring white prunier peach flower

horse cheval fleur flower eat spring white prunier peach flower

Location: Near US, a small town in Ile-de-France region, France 

 

Violet on my balcony February 26, 2011

Small flowers of violet have been blooming on my balcony for one week. I don’t know how they came, maybe spread by wind or bird. When I was a child, near my home there were also a lot of small violets that plucked every summer thinking they were only the most humdrum flower. I read in literature the name “violet” and dreamed of a much more sophisticated flower for the elegant lady that I will become…

That is why I don’t dig up these weeds which invade my balcony and choke other plants. They soften up my heart with distant childhood memories…


 

Dahlia at Parc Floral Paris: 2 weeks later September 18, 2010

I returned to Parc Floral of Paris 2 weeks after my last post on Dahlia competition. The flowers bloomed better than 2 weeks ago and it was really difficult to say which one I prefered. However, I think my favorite ones are those which have a pompom shape.


By the way, I took these pictures with my new camera, SONY NEX 5, the most compact bridge camera which just came out. I’m quite satisfied with it, although I didn’t take the pictures with a macro lens for close-up views, they are quite clean-cut and the colors are beautiful for a very sunny day.



 

Dahlia competition at Parc Floral of Paris August 24, 2010

The Parc Floral is located in the east of Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes, one of the 2 artificial forests at the gate of Paris.


Currently there is a competition of Dahlia flowers in the Park. This is a tradition of the Park since 1992.  I’d like to share some pictures with you.


Which one do you prefer? You can go and vote for your favorite variety until late September.