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
 

Chelsea Flower Show 2012 June 2, 2012

Courtesy RHS Lindley Library

For the first time since I heard about it, I managed to attend the famous Chelsea Flower Show held in London every year in May. 

The Chelsea Flower Show, launched in 1913 (100 anniversary next year!) has a very  long history. It has always contained both nursery exhibits and model gardens from the beginning. 

It is also the flower show most associated with the Royal family, who attend the opening day every year. This year several features including exhibitions of photographs and a themed floristry competitions and a floral arrangement display were held to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. 

The Show mascot of this year is the Iris unguicularis “Mary Barnard” from RHS (The Royal Horticultural Society) Lindley Library. 

I was quite impressed by the passion of British people for flowers and garden. It was a very nice experience that I’m going to share in following posts through different categories. Like the show awards for best stands with gold/silver/bronze medals, I have an idea of my personal rankings.

 

 

Miss Dior Chérie with garden roses March 14, 2010

   

         

 Courtesy Miss Dior

 

I liked the last campaign of Miss Dior Chérie perfume (above) with a rose. This time, the new campaign (below) is more generous with flowers and we find Miss Dior in a garden of roses. Without a preference for the product, I quite like theses images and they make me want to try the fragrance. The power of Advertising!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Miss Dior

 

Alps mountain flowers August 18, 2009

I passed the weekend of 15th August, which is a holiday in France, in a small Swiss village in the Alps Mountains, just beside the Lake Geneva. This was not the first time I’ve been to this area but the first time in August. The nature was scenic, the weather was mild…It was very difficult to come back to Paris and go to work.

 

Suisse self-service flowers garden fleurs 摘花

Suisse flower garden fleurs jardin 瑞士 花园

Suisse flower garden fleurs jardin 瑞士 花园

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A Swiss farmer had planted flowers in his garden and at the moment when I passed, he made his garden a “self-service flower market” where you can pick flowers yourself. The Dahlias were so beautiful under the blue sky.

 

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 At the Furka Pass in the Alps, at 2500 meters of altitude, the mild flowers were very colorful thanks to the sunshine.

 

Leaves May 6, 2009

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red maple érable japonais 枫feuille leaf 叶

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two pictures taken 4 years a ago at Giverny, Monet’s garden, to show that only leaves can be beautiful too…