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Chelsea Flower show 2017 with Whistlefish. Chelsea Flower Show is always an annual highlight for me, so I was excited when I was invited by Whistlefish.

Whistlefish is a Cornwall based company that sells the prettiest of greeting cards, art prints and gifts.

The company has just turned 21 years old, and I was interested to read about the owner Lyn Thompson’s successful journey . She has now established ten gallery shops across Cornwall and Devon.

I love the idea that they search for fresh talent, and so artists are being invited to submit their work for potential collaborations.

Above are some of the beautiful Whistlefish greeting cards that I got to take home last weekend. This beautiful apron by Whistlefish was designed specially for this year’s Chelsea Flower show.

Now to show you my picks from the 2017 show.
This was one of my favourite gardens, and it’s called the Anneka Rice Colour Cutting Garden.

It was designed by Sarah Raven, and was inspired by the vibrant use of colour by renowned home and furniture designer, Tricia Guild.

Check out this secluded seating area. Love the pops of pinks and violets here. It really evoked that beautiful serenity of an English garden. Here’s another one of my favourite plants, potted succulents. Next, is ‘City Living’ by Kate Gould. This imagined apartment block was designed with an outdoor deprived urban space in mind, hence the introduction of lots of indoor greenery.

It was set on a 12×6 plot and built over three levels, featuring basement, mezzanine and top floor.

I was amazed to see how plants in small spaces could be creatively introduced, to create stylish living areas. How wonderful is this basement seating space? Love the 3 dimensional effect tiles and the hanging foliage too. Here’s another view.  Since this was the basement part of the house, Kate has used hardy shade loving Tropical plants. This is another view of the space, from outside looking in. That bright pop of orange from the giant Anglepoise lamp looked great against the lush of green. This was the upper deck area shaded by a pergola.

There was a great interplay of light and shadow here, with the stripes from the pergola being cast on the ground. Everywhere I turned, were flowers waiting for their photos to be taken.

How cute was this bronze sculpture bird bath? It’s by Willie Wildlife sculptures. Did you know that if you went on the last day of Chelsea Flower show, there’s usually a sell off of the plants? Hence, I’m now the proud owner of some of the flowers from the garden abve.
Since I am a lover of balloons, foliage and the Monstera leaf, I couldn’t walk by and not snap this image right? This is an aspect of the M&G Best in show garden for 2017. It was a garden inspired by an abandoned Maltese quarry.

These monumental blocks of limestone were planted with grasses, evergreens, perennials and ground cover unique to the arid Mediterranean island. Here’s a wider lens view, which probably gives you a better idea of their sizes and heights.

This was the Bermuda Triangle garden designed by Jack Dunckley. A large palm tree sat at the centre and became dramatically lit red at night from the laser cut aluminium sheetings.

Furthermore, each triangle of the garden, housed a mini sanctuary of tropical plants. Wished I was there in the evening to see it in its glory. Hope you have enjoyed my picks from Chelsea Flower show, and that it has inspired you to visit next year. Most of all, a big thank you to Whistlefish for inviting me. Do take a peek at Whistlefish’s gorgeous stationery store online. You’ll probably find something you love, once you start browsing.

Finally, I wish you all a lovely day and I will probably be back soon this week with a Summer refresh of my living room, so do check back to see. (All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell, with the exception of the 2 photos of the models provided by Whistlefish. )

Chelsea-Flower-show-2016-entry-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Last week, I was invited by Oka to attend the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, which was being held at the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

The last time I attended the flower show was around 10 years ago.

I can still clearly remember that beautiful Summer day, filled with the wonderful scents of the flowers.

There was a distinctly Royal feel to the show.The crown made from twigs was placed at the top of the entryway arch. The-queen-floral-display-head-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell In honour of the queen, who visited the show, and who had just turned 90 years old, was this beautiful cut out of her head.

It was filled with the brightest and freshest of blooms. There were Sweet peas, Alliums, Hydrangeas, roses and many more.  The-queen-chelsea-flower-show-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The cut out was inspired by the side profile image of the queen’s head from a British stamp. It was created by the florist Ming Veevers Carter for the New Covent Garden Flower Market. Chelsea-flower-show-2016-poppies-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell There is always a ‘must not miss’ display at the Chelsea Flower Show.

This year the honour belonged to designer Philip Johnson. He created this enormous carpet of individually crocheted poppies that stretched from the show ground to the Royal hospital. There was total of 300,000 poppies on display. Red-poppies-at-Chelsea-flower-show-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The poppies were a poignant reminder of those who served in the wars and each individual poppy was created by a range of different people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. LG-smart-garden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I have decided to show you my favourite gardens and show pieces.

This is the LG Smart garden created by Hay, a landscape architect.

I think what drew me to this garden was the quite unexpected riot of pastel floral shades, that disrupted yet softened, the clean lines of the pared down Scandinavian furniture and decor.

I also love that whole blurred concept of bringing the outdoors in or bringing the indoors out. LG-garden-Chelsea-flower-show-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I also adore the pastel shades of blues and pinks ( very on trend Pantone colours of the year) in the garden. LG-smart-home-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What makes this a smart garden, was the ability to control lighting, entertainment and a water feature,  just by the touch of a screen on a held device. Harrods-garden-Chelsea-Flower-show-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I love this next garden for its quirkiness.

Introducing you to the Harrods British Eccentrics garden.

At the centre of the garden was this octagonal shaped home. You may ask what’s so eccentric about this garden?

If you stood there long enough, the garden will quite literally dance. Yes indeed! It was quite a spectacle.

The tall pointed trees surrounding the walk way started twirling like ballerinas and the box hedges started bopping. It was as if you had landed in Alice’s Wonderland.

The-Chelsea-flower-show-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The garden was stunning with the colours and varieties of flowers that grew there.

If ever I was to have an English country garden that was overgrown with wild flowers, I would love for it to look like this. The-Chelsea-flower-show-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The talented designer behind this garden is Diarmuid Gavin. Colourful-garden-Chelsea-flower-show-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I absolutely adore that muted emerald green door. Very Harrods don’t you think? The-Winton-beauty-of-Mathematics-Garden-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell This next garden that caught my eye was The Winton Beauty of Mathematics garden. It was designed by Nick Bailey, the head gardener  at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Chelsea-flower-show-garden-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell It consisted of a large meadow of plants, many of which were edible or have medicinal properties. mathematics-garden-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-lifestyle-blog Copper etched with what looked like mathematical characters played a prominent feature in the garden.
The Mathematician's garden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Copper linked the whole garden together and can be seen here as part of the staircase. The-Hartley-Botanic-garden-Chelsea-Flower-show-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Have you ever wanted your very own glasshouse, somewhere in your garden, away from all?

Well, I have always dreamt of one. A peaceful studio away from all, where I can store away my props and have space and access to ample lighting to do my photo shoots.

The Hartley Botanic Garden designed by Catherine Macdonald, ticked all those boxes. It’s a glasshouse that sits on water, set amongst woodland plants.  Chelsea-flower-show-2016-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog My final chosen garden is The Husqvarna garden, designed by Charlie Albone. I love that whole clean cut geometric look with the sunken feature.

That lounging area at the back looks absolutely heavenly don’t you think? Imagine lying there on a warm Summer’s day, iced tea in hand and a brilliant novel to read. Chelsea-flower-show-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Those perfectly clipped trees are so cute. The-Akzonobel-honeysuckle-blue-garden-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell There was so much to see at the Chelsea flower show this year and the vibrant colours everywhere was simply uplifting.  Fleurtatious-Karen-Massey-Chelsea-flower-show-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell This colourful Brazilian carnival headdress was designed by Karen Massey. Chelsea-flower-show-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This Orchid masterpiece is by Tina Aram. Driftwood-sculpture-by-James-Doran-Webb-Chelsea-Flower-Show-2016-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-big-Bell

Hope you have enjoyed my edited version of the Chelsea Flower show 2016 and a big thank you to Oka for inviting me. I will be showing you the faux flower bouquet creation I made with Oka soon. Keep an eye out on my Instagram. Colourful-garden-1-Chelsea-flower-show-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Have a wonderful week all.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

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