I've been to Flower Shows in the City -- and they were so much fun -- interesting gardens and beautiful flowers but . . . to get to go to Chelsea -- that is a gardener's dream.
Thursday, the four of us headed into London and Daughter Sarah and I, with Chelsea tickets in hand, arrived at the show grounds.
And there we were . . .
At the Chelsea Flower Show
We left without breakfast and so a cup of tea and a nosh before we headed out to the show grounds . . .
Where we saw --
After Display Garden
and in the Pavilion
The William and Katherine Rose (in honor of the Royal Wedding) circling a fountain
"Mice" hostas -- wee hostas that were so cute
Peonies in every kind and color
And roses . . .
A lovely pink one
Perhaps my favorite display in the pavilion -- a perfect vegetable garden
We watched the BBC film a segment at the show
and besides flower exhibitions, there were vendors
selling their wares . . .
Garden statuary --magnificent dogs to guard the entrance to your estate
Statuary of Alice in Wonderland
And the White Rabbit
An antique trough I coveted -- was it the price or the weight that made me leave it at Chelsea?
And sensible garden tools
And what we call greenhouses and the Brits call glasshouses (I like their term better) -- I'll take the one on the right, please -- wouldn't it look smashing in the garden at Linderhof?
We lunched listening to this great band who were celebrating their 50th Anniversary!
I loved the Chelsea Flower Show -- what I didn't like was the crowds. For a girl living in a small village in the country (here) and a small town in Kansas . . . I'm not a big crowd person!
I wasn't prepared for this!
But that wasn't the worst of the crowd . . . for Sarah and I had just entered the pavilion when the first rain started . . . in rushed the crowd -- we moved as a group past each exhibitor -- like sardines in a can . . shoulder to shoulder. It was hard, at that time, to see the exhibits.
Finally the rain stopped and the crowd thinned out and we got to enjoy the displays in the pavilion.
And just before we left, the second big downpour caught us just outside the exit -- with one umbrella, a rain hat and raincoat, we both got soaked!!!!! As we stood . . . far from any kind of shelter!!!
But English rain comes and goes and soon it stopped and we "squished" our way to catch the bus back to Victoria.
It was a wonderful day with my wonderful daughter at the world's most wonderful flower show!!!!