How beautiful is this bouquet from Marks and Spencer? I love the mix of vibrant bright yellow sunflowers, with demure pink roses and deep blue delphiniums. It’s a really eclectic mix, but I love this in flowers. It’s very apt of the season – fresh summer garden flowers. It’s also very fitting that it’s named the Chelsea bouquet, as M&S are exhibiting this year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
From Tuesday 22nd May to Saturday 26th May, you can visit the show and experience Marks and Spencer’s – The Floral Market. Simon Richards, the Product Developer for Horticulture at M&S, has created and designed the M&S garden. The idea behind it is to celebrate British flower markets, including Borough Market, Covent Garden and The Floral Hall. They’ll be showcasing more British grown flowers than ever before, and are hoping to secure their 4th consecutive gold medal.
Simon has worked at M&S for 13 years and creates M&S’ new ranges of bouquets, specialising in cut flowers and working alongside suppliers from across the world. He said: “I am lucky enough to still travel in my current position and I attend trade fairs and events in countries such as Kenya, Columbia and Holland, seeking inspiration for our flower ranges”
Pictured above: The ‘mini’ Chelsea bouquet – £16. Available only in store. This bouquet differs from the Chelsea bouquet (priced at £30) being of a smaller size, with slightly different flowers, but the same fantastic colours! I absolutely love both of these bouquets. The colours are mesmerising, and have brightened up our flat no end. Flowers are a great way of adding a splash of colour to a room! (This lovely blue jug is also from M&S).
The M&S market will include a wall created of herbs and flowers in varying green tones, and a floral pavement of contrasting green and silver flowers. Plus fruit and veg crates, a hydrangea stall, an orchid stall and market buckets and baskets lining the walkway. The winning piece though has to be their ‘Floral Window’, a large glass window with hydrangeas, gerbera, roses, peonies, irises and delphinium. When the sun is shining, it’s bound to create an eye catching moment!
Speaking of peonies, how incredible is The Collection Peony Bouquet? (Insert heart eyes emoji). This bouquet is HUGE, featuring 12 pink peonies! Peonies are such interesting flowers, the way they expand. It was lovely to wake up the next morning and find they had all bloomed. Although I’m normally attracted to a more wild, garden flower bouquet, I have to admit, this collection of peonies is a real show stopper. I can’t imagine anyone not liking peonies.
Whilst at the show you’ll get to learn lots about the incredible range of flowers M&S offers, along with tips on how to look after your bouquets. You may remember that I recently attended a floristry lesson with them at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Here I learned how to trim flowers, when and how to remove wilted petals, but most importantly how to arrange flowers.
I hold my hands up, that this Scented Stocks Abundance bouquet was tricky! Sadly I don’t own enough large vases, and the Chelsea and Pink Peonies took my best ones. So I was at a loss as to know what to put these gorgeous purple stocks in. I have this beautiful green vase (also from Marks and Spencer), and although the flowers are very long, I managed to tie an elastic band around their stems to keep them together. You could cover this up with some ribbon, but it’s safely hidden inside the vase. This has helped keep the flowers stood up and I actually now really like the way they’ve bloomed and arranged themselves. The colours are really quite something! Priced at £30, they are also available online.
Are you attending the Chelsea Flower Show this year? Have you been before? If you are going, be sure to check out the M&S stand at GPC167.All attendees during the show will receive an exclusive 20% discount off flowers and plants in Marks and Spencer stores.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and Marks and Spencer flowers. Do you buy your bouquets from M&S?