So on Monday I was lucky enough to be invited to the press day of the RHS Chelsea Flower show. It’s very privilaged ticket for two reasons. You get to look around the show with only a small amount of people so you really do get to stand back and view the gardens in all their splendour. And splendid they are! Next you get to see LOADS of famous people. They are everywhere it’s a real hoot spotting them. Especially if you’re with Daniel Hopwood as he seems to fail to recognise anyone. He’s way to cool for that. But I think its hilarious fun to see the people we see in TV in the 3D. Curiously most people are much smaller in real life. Joan Collins looked absolutely incredible. So immaculately turned out. What an old school diva.
Anyway back to the flowers and I found the whole trip really inspiring and uplifting. Also in part as I’d just spent the whole weekend mowing and weeding the garden and feeling rather desperate about the task in hand. The theme at Chelsea this year was for quite wild style planting, loose and natural, which really appeals to my sensibilities. I got that tingly feeling that I’m about to embark on a new and fulfilling journey. To begin with the mountain felt far too high to climb but I bumped into garden designer Sean Murray, winner of the 2015 Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. While he had great admiration for The Great Interior Design Challenge it was gardening that hogged our conversation and having him explain the design theories about the garden we were stood by opened up a whole new door for me. One of my take aways was to always buy plants in fives, never just buy one plant. He says he got the inspiration from Nigel Slater who said you only need 5 ingredients to make a delicious meal. I wonder if I could apply the same theory to interiors?