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Sunday, 20 May 2018

M&S Flowers | Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Al Fresco Colourful Summer Dining
Gosh, can you believe it's time for the Chelsea Flower Show again?  It comes around so quickly each year!  You won't catch me complaining though, as for the past few years it's become an annual occasion of mine to attend with my mum (hello member day!) and soak up all things floral.  Tuesday 22nd May marks the beginning of the popular show and Saturday 26th May sees it come to a close.  As always, there is so much to see and I'm hugely excited to pop along this week (camera by my side, of course!) and share some of the most spectacular elements here on A Glass Of Ice.  Speaking of which, Marks & Spencer are exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and it's set to be incredible - make sure to swing by their display should you be visiting this year!  But more on that later, for now, it's time to take a peek at Marks & Spencer's new summer flowers and their colourful bouquets inspired by the Chelsea exhibit...

Edit: to avoid confusion, these photos are not of the show - this scene is in my back garden!
M&S Chelsea Flower Show Festival Cake
M&S Peonies Online Bouquet
Collage of Blooms and Sunflowers
Pretty Food Plate of MeringuesConfession: I've been having a hard time controlling my excitement at being surrounded by all of these beautiful blooms!  Their arrival on my doorstep created the perfect excuse to enjoy an al fresco meal consisting of sugar, sugar and more sugar.  Meringues topped with raspberries and blueberries, mini lemon drizzle cakes, Battenberg cake and more.  My favourite feature?  The special edition M&S flower celebration cake (in store only) featuring an array of colourful icing flowers covering the most delicious sponge and butter icing. What a way to kick off this fabulously floral week!    

Psst!  Much of the homeware and all of the tasty treats (and most of the drinks) seen in this post can be found at Marks & Spencer. Mmm...
Summer Al Fresco Dining Flowers Lifestyle Blog
M&S Chelsea Flower Show Blooms Bouquets
M&S Chelsea Flower Show Festival Cake 2018
Raspberry Bubbles in Champagne Glass
Summer Al Fresco Dining Afternoon Tea Outdoors
So, like what you see?  All of these brilliant blooms can be found at Marks & Spencer, either online or in store.  The three you can get your paws on straight away online include the Chelsea Bouquet, Scented Stocks Abundance and The Collection Peony Bouquet.  Peonies have long been my favourite flower and so needless to say they've received most of my attention over the past few days.  Although, having said that, I've developed a definite fondness for the more colourful bouquets shown here at the top of the table (and available in store).  Unusual mixtures of sunflowers, roses and alliums  give a hint of what to expect from the M&S exhibit at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.  A celebration of summer, for sure, thanks to Simon Richards; the brains behind the garden and instrumental in the 3 consecutive gold medals M&S has won at Chelsea!  


M & S   |   T H E   F L O R A L   M A R K E T 

''This year's garden is inspired by British flower markets (including Covent Garden Piazza, The Floral Hall and Borough Market) with abundant displays of flowers and plants, showcasing the best in seasonal blooms from the UK and abroad.''


Fashion Blogger Holding Bouquet of Flowers Peonies
Luxurious Outdoor Al Fresco Dining Drinks
Styling Meringues with Blueberries and Raspberries
UK Lifestyle Blogger M&S Collaboration

M&S Mini Lemon Drizzle Cakes
Personally, I feel as though inspiration couldn't have been found in a better place for their exhibit in the Grand Pavilion at Chelsea this year.  British flower markets have always captured people's attention, but more so than ever lately thanks to a surge in the constant search for 'Instagrammable' displays and backdrops.  Nothing screams of summer louder than arrays of colour-injected bouquets and cheerful flower arrangements.  They prompt us each to think of al fresco dining, indulgent picnics and garden walks enjoyed with an ice cream in hand.  Yep, I take my (sun) hat off to M&S this year, that's for sure.  I'm super excited to take a peek at their exhibit this week, in particular checking out the Orchid Stall, Greenwall and no doubt beautiful... Floral Pavement!  Yes, you read that right! 
M&S Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit 2018

Summer Party Al Fresco Dining Food Styling
Summer Party Perfect Summer Drinks
Pretty Battenberg Cake Photography
Amazingly, my bouquets have both lasted and bloomed since receiving them a week ago tomorrow.  The peonies are opening up beautifully and have ended up the size of my outstretched hand.  Needless to say, I seized the opportunity to include a couple of the bouquets in outfit photos and so you can expect to see them make a few more appearances here on the blog/Instagram over the next couple of weeks!  Ugh, if only life could be lived continuously surrounded by jaw-droppingly beautiful, colourful bouquets...
Summer Flower Icing Sponge Cake
British Elegant Summer Party Setting
Straw Basket Filled with Flower Bouquets Peonies
British Marks & Spencer Lifestyle Blog Collaboration
I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this floral extravaganza!  Have any of the M&S bouquets shown in this post caught your eye? Have you ever visited Chelsea Flower Show before?  Let me know in the comments below!

Edit: to avoid confusion, these photos are not of the show - this scene is in my back garden!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> M&S Flowers | Mother's Day Floral Display Tips

With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to Marks & Spencer for sponsoring this post!



  1. Attending the Chelsea Flower Show is an absolute dream of mine because, come on, look at it! It is such a stunningly beautiful event, what a special experience. You look gorgeous!

  2. Oh my gosh! These lovely blooms made me so happy!!! :) Wish I could have them, though. Your photos are incredible!

    Hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

  3. You look like a flower surrounded by all these beautiful flowers. This would be such an amazing show to attend! I would love every second of it. Plus, the fresh aroma!

  4. OMG this is your back garden?! Wow it is literally goals Gabrielle! I too get super excited around the blooming season, I guess there's something naturally uplifting about it! How gorgeous is that cake though?! I really wouldn't have the heart to eat it haha! BTW you have a beautiful smile and love your dress!
    Wishing you an amazing weekend! :)
    Ankita | Real Girl Talks

  5. These images are so breathtakingly beautiful. You look amazing. Wow, the pictures are amazing.

  6. Woooah! Hahah who cares about the show when your garden looks this pretty?! Hahah I swear you're the first person in the world I'd throw an Alice in Wonderland garden party with. Like a lot of tea, champagne and just delicious treats! This is just magical and everything looks so yummy. Have a lovely week Gabrielle!! Xx

  7. You are seriously SO GOOD at set dressing. I can not stress that enough, although I'm sure the flowers don't hurt! I honestly can't believe it's already this time of year again. The Chelsea Flower Show isn't really something that reaches all the way here in Texas, but I always live vicariously through your posts. Enjoy this year's visit!

  8. Well, you have a beautiful garden then!

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  9. This is sooo amazing! Loving those gorgeous blooms, looking so pretty on your floral maxi dress too dear!

    Jessica |

  10. OMG!! This event looks absolutely amazing, I'd love to attend someday! I love flowers so much and sweets, so I'd be in heaven, haha. Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a wonderful start to your week so far!



  11. OMG I love all of theses flowers everywhere !
    And the desserts were amazing ! It looks so delicious !
    Peonies bouquet is my favorite !

  12. Oh wow, these photos are absolutely stunning - as are you as always! I love watching the flower show, particularly when it comes to browsing the different gardens. It's like IKEA but with plants!

    // xx

  13. Wow Gabrielle this is so beautiful! Have a great week.

    Gemma x

  14. You've created such a gorgeous display in your garden! It could definitely be mistaken for the actual flowers from the show. I'm so sad that I won't be able to attend it, I'm going to London on the 27th! I hope that the flowers on shop fronts in the area will still be on though... The M&S displays sound like they are going to be gorgeous, I can't wait to see pictures!

    Julia x
    Last Post: A Travel Guide To Naples and Pompeii, Italy |

  15. You always make the most beautiful table settings Gabrielle!! Your back garden looks like paradise, so pretty!! I can imagine your excitement about the flower show, I'm sure it's going to be amazing!

    Have a lovely week!!!


    Seize your Style

  16. Wow, your back garden is absolutely beautiful! I love all the gorgeous flowers and stunning sweets! :)

  17. I have been to the Chelsea Flower Show before, and they always have such gorgeous displays of pure flower power. Something about floral that makes me smile and think of spring and summer time. I just love these photos it looks so gorgeous and perfect for even a wedding. <3

  18. Everything is so enchanting and your outfit is perfect for the occasion. xoxo Cris

  19. Flower show? Anytime, babe! xoxo

  20. I am in love with this show - I always love flowers even though it doesn't like me,
    Your outfit in the show looks stunning too

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  21. Omg your back garden is so pretty. You also bloom like those flowers, those peonies are the prettiest bouquet I've seen so far!

    T H E A S T R O N

  22. They are gorgeous, your whole set up is! You captured the Spring vibes beautifully.


  23. Absolutely beautiful photos! Those bouquets are gorgeous and all of those little treats look delicious too - what a dreamy afternoon tea setup!

    Heather xoxo

  24. Oh my gosh! Absolutely majestic photos! This place are a dream! Fantastic outfit, absolutely stunning!!!

  25. This looks beautiful! Gorgeous photos. I would love to go to the Chelsea Flower Show one day

    Kay x

  26. OMG this is beyond stunning ! Love every single picture, sooo beautiful !

  27. Wow!! Perfect photos dear <33 You spend a good time :)

  28. One, I can't believe this is your back garden! It looks amazing, and so spacious! I have seen some lovely bouquets when I venture into the M&S food hall but I rarely buy flowers so I've never stopped to have a proper look yet x

    Velvet Blush

  29. In love with these beautiful pictures!


  30. Your back garden? Wow I'm impressed. Everything just looks so lovely Gabrielle.

  31. You turned your backyard into an absolute dreamland- so gorgeous, lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  32. The flowers are gorgeous and the whole set up is just so so dreamy! Very jealous of you going to the flower show, I've always wanted to go! One day!
    Amy xx

  33. Those flowers are gorgeous! So jealous!

  34. You turned your background into a floral paradise. Gotta love M&S! You're such a beauty.

  35. These flowers are so beautiful. I love how they are matching with your dress!

  36. Very beautiful flowers and photos!

  37. OmG, you've arranged such dreamy set up in your garden, Gabrielle!!!
    And those bouquets are so beautiful!
    I love peonies, are my fav flowers after roses, and those blooms look so petty!
    Every pic look like a paint, everything looks beautiful, delicate and fresh!
    Great work, sweetie!

  38. Oh my! This looks like such the wonderful event to attend. So beautiful and I bet it is really uplifting, I would love to attend this wonderful event one day. Thanks for posting your photos and your experience.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  39. Very beautiful place and I love this photos!

  40. OMG!! absolutely amazing!

    Mónica Sors

  41. You look like a princess in this dress and I love everything about this post; the flowers, the beautiful garden, everything is so beautiful!!


  42. This all looks like an absolute dream! Sign me up for all those sugary flowery desserts. You look stunning as usual xx

  43. WOW WOW WOW, I have to say how amazing the set up is, you done a wonderful job, everything looks perfect and as for the flowers, you know how much I love them haha, they're so delicate and simply beautiful xx

  44. Your photos are so gorgeous, Gabrielle and your garden looks absolutely stunning. You always create beautiful posts x

    Caroline @ Sunday Lifestyle


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