The Chelsea Flower Show......part 2: wedding and event flower inspiration

I simply don't know where to start with writing about Chelsea.  There was just so much amazing stuff to be inspired by.

Simon Lycett's demonstration pieces (above) were sheer unabashed decadence.  Recession.... what recession?  Opulence and extravagance were the order of the day.

Purple was the big colour at Chelsea this year (it was everywhere in the show gardens) but many of the floral designers used it in quite unconventional ways, throwing away the rule book when it came to colour combinations.  Bold striking colour schemes were everywhere in the floral design marquee.

The parasol and tea party themes set for the floral design competitions inspired lots of romantic and nostalgic arrangments.  Although I'm not a huge fan of wired work (I prefer more natural designs), this parasol by Joe Massie, who deservedly won Chelsea Young Florist of the Year for the second year running, absolutely blew me away.

The NAFAS display oozed soft, romantic and slightly faded vintage glamour, reminding me of a neglected and overgrown country house secret garden

The soft, romantic vintage theme was also in evidence at The Real Flower Company.  Simple ceramic jugs were filled with informal posies of roses with jasmine and seneccio foliage alongside a stunning rose urn arrangement and one of my favourite features - a beautiful garland of roses and rosemary.

Lots more Chelsea inspiration to come. In part 3 I'll be featuring my photos of some of the show gardens.

All photos by Lilac & Lily