After having recently blogged about a plant photography masterclass I attended, i'm certain it'll come as no surprise I spent most of the day with my camera lens buried in petals, though it was near impossible not to dive into the floral arrangements when there was just so much beauty on display! Speaking of displays, I should point out there were some fantastic show gardens at the flower show and all of which.. I missed. That's right, I missed them all. Just maybe I'm terrible at map-reading or perhaps I had my face buried in food and flowers too often to know what was going on around me. Either way, I missed them. Looking on the bright side, it makes for a brilliant story - ''I visited Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and missed all of the show gardens.. though I can recommend the hot dogs!''
I'm sure we can all agree this wasn't my finest moment and move on, agreeing never to speak about it ever again..
There were dozens and dozens of food stands lining the grassed paths that meandered through the grounds; from tasty cumberland sausages to generous fudge selections, I definitely didn't miss out on anything on that front. If you're considering visiting the flower show next year and find yourself uncertain of who you should attend with due to various levels of interest in flowers, I can assure you anyone who enjoys food will enjoy their time spent there!
There really was an extraordinary amount to see and admire, with a highlight for me being the beautiful Floral Marquee. Very much supporting the idea of 'Pretty in Pink', the marquee stood long and wide, bursting with roses and other perfectly feminine flowers. I'd forgotten how much I love bunting!
Just before joining the crowds making their way out of the flower show and back to their steaming hot cars (a very large parking area is located opposite Hampton Court Palace, a two minute walk away at most), we came across a couple of interesting garden designs, with The Tea Party by Charlie Bloom stealing my focus (above). The setting was simply idyllic and reminded me of some of my fondest memories of previous travels to the South of France.
As we made our way through the iron gates and across the small bridge connecting the flower show, we were pleasantly surprised to comes across deck chairs scattered across the main grounds of Hampton Court Palace. The day ended perfectly, with soft canvas seating and a glowing orange sunset. Bliss.
|The summer herb, Borage - ready for Pimms!|
Dress - Purchased abroad
Sunglasses - Bally
See 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show awards here.