The Ivy Chelsea Garden are getting ready for RHS Chelsea Flower Show with their beautiful floral display, which is also getting me in the mood for next week’s Chelsea In Bloom.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden flowers

This display reminds of last year’s beautiful fairy tale Chelsea In Bloom designs, which you can take a look at here.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden flowers

But this isn’t the first time The Ivy Chelsea Garden has stopped passersby with their stunning exterior.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden flowers

For Easter, we were stopped in our tracks thanks to this gorgeous display:

I love flowers and I especially love it when Chelsea comes to life each year with Chelsea In Bloom. And with this year’s theme being Carnival, exciting plans for Sloane Square afoot and a 4-metre tall parrot planned for Duke of York Square, I have a feeling that this year’s Chelsea In Bloom is going to be bigger than ever – and I can’t wait to see what the stores and restaurants are going to surprise us with.

Roll on Chelsea In Bloom, I’m so excited!

Chelsea Girl

There has been a wonderful buzz this week around the top of King’s Road and along Sloane Street. From Duke of York Square to Pavilion Road and beyond, Chelsea has been in bloom. And what a spectacle it is.

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

This year’s Chelsea in Bloom theme is Fairy Tales …

… and with this year also being Alice in Wonderland’s 150th anniversary, the stores and businesses taking part have truly given us a range of wonder, beauty and brilliant craft.

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Brunello Cucinelli on Sloane Street

There are 40 displays to see, which makes Chelsea in Bloom the most beautiful time of the year to walk around. Saying that, there are also free rickshaw tours on offer (if you can snag yourself a booking at the information point on Sloane Square.)  I had a ride and absolutely loved it. It’s a great way to whizz around and take everything in.

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

As well as the floral displays, there is a bar on Sloane Square from The Botanist and Sipsmith … Chelsea in Bloom 2015… and Pimm’s bar on Duke of York Square. I’m going to be very sorry to see The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party end on Saturday.  Yes, that’s right – tomorrow (or today, if you’re reading this tomorrow). So, hurry! 😉

Chelsea in Bloom 2015This year’s Chelsea in Bloom is absolutely gorgeous and if you get a chance to have a look around before it ends, you’ll see how easy it is to snap away at everything.

Here are just a few of my favourite displays …

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Mary Quant on Duke of York Square

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Brora on Symons Street

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Kate Spade on Symons Street

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Browns on Sloane Street

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Brunello Cucinelli on Sloane Street

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Browns on Sloane Street

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Lulu Guinness on Ellis Street

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Elliot Rhodes on Duke of York Square

Chelsea in Bloom 2015

L.K. Bennett on King’s Road/Duke of York Square

Beautiful, aren’t they?

Chelsea Girl

 

Chelsea has been looking more beautiful than usual since the start of this week, for the Chelsea Flower Show, and on Wednesday Kate Spade’s window was announced as the people’s choice Chelsea in Bloom winner. Congratulations!

Kate Spade in BloomThis is such a beautiful window and there are many just as lovely. They include …

L.K. Bennett

L.K. Bennett

j crew chelsea in bloom

J Crew

Links

Links

Rag and Bone

Rag and Bone

As well as floral displays, there is bunting on Sloane Square …

Chelsea in Bloom… and on Duke of York Square …

Chelsea in Bloom… as well as deck chairs …

Chelsea in Bloom… and Pierre Jouet seats.

Chelsea in BloomThere are also a number of events and/or menus for you to enjoy. They include an exclusive evening of champagne and canapés with Ormonde Jayne on Thursday 22nd May 2014 …

Ormonde Jayne

… a special Chelsea Flower Show inspired set menu at Gallery Mess: two or three courses together with a glass of wine or cocktail for £25.50 and £28.50 respectively …

Gallery Mess

… and also a two course menu including a glass of Nyetimber English sparkling wine for £20 at Bumpkin.

With the Chelsea Flower Show ending on Saturday, there are still a few more days to make the most out of what is probably the most important date in Chelsea’s calendar. Enjoy!

Yesterday was the start of Chelsea in Bloom and how lucky are we with the weather! This afternoon, I took a walk around Sloane Square and photographed the flower installations that have brought Chelsea to life, in time for the Chelsea Flower Show.

Chelsea in Bloom is a competition between local retailers who are vying for the floral crown and I’m so glad I don’t have to pick a winner because there are some stunning displays on show.

Takes these dogs by Ted Baker.

Or this floral dress at The White Company.

Savills.

Hackett.

Smythson.

Gnomes nearby. I love gnomes!

Paule Ka.

Jo Malone.

Mary Quant.

DoDo.

Liz Earle.

And in the middle of Sloane Square, there’s a maze which I went into! I love mazes too.

The Botanist also have a pop-up bar in the middle of Sloane Square where you can sit at a table and sip wine, champagne or the bar’s signature cocktail London Spritz (£8), which is made up of aperol, rhubarb liqueur, fresh grapefruit and Chapel Down pinot noir. If you’re feeling slightly peckish you can also tuck into a garden salad of nasturtium, dandelion, summer pea and radish salad, nettle rolled goats’ cheese, borage flowers and croutons served with or without smoked duck (£10 or £12 respectively).

The Botanist’s pop-up bar will be in Sloane Square until Sunday 27th May 2012 and is open from midday – 7pm.

Thank goodness summer’s finally arrived and please let it hang around for some time!