Published on May 23rd, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Chelsea Flower Show in Full Bloom
Today marks the first day of the annual Chelsea Flower Show. Wall to wall sunshine and the hottest temperatures of the year are set to grace this year’s show.
A highlight in the horticultural calendar, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show. Now in its 104th year, the show runs from 23rd to 27th May. Over the next few days over 165,000 visitors will come to see the stunning displays.
Yesterday, The Queen and Prince Philip visited the show along with other members of the Royal family, including the Duchess of Cambridge.
As our longest reigning Monarch, The Queen, now in her Sapphire Jubilee year, has only missed attending the show twice since her coronation. According to staff at the Royal Horticultural Society the Queen has a keen interest in gardening. In particular, she is very knowledgeable about bumble bees. These wonderful creatures, pivotal to the health of our gardens are celebrated in this Bee Stamp Cards Set.
The Queen’s jeweller has also produced some special exhibits for this year’s show. Bentley and Skinner are attending the show as exhibitors for the first time. Their collection of “naturalistic jewellery” pieces are designed to look like butterflies, bees and beetles.
Are You Green Fingered?
Whilst we Brits like to think we take great pride in our gardens, our horticultural knowledge may not be as good as we think. According to a RHS survey, half of British gardeners cannot name a single shrub and do not know when to plant daffodil bulbs?
Even though around four fifths of us like to potter in our gardens, a third of us admit that we don’t know what we are doing. Could you identify all the flowers in the Post and Go Spring Flowers Stamp Cover?
However, gardens still play an important part in our lives. In particular, our recent article The Songbirds Are Singing highlighted the fact that May is month when songbirds up and down the country are in full voice in our gardens.
The World’s Hottest Chilli Revealed
At the Chelsea Flower Show, the show gardens are always a must see, However, along with all the wonderful gardens on display, this year’s show reveals the world’s hottest chilli.
The Dragon’s Breath chilli measures at 2.4 million Scovilles (SCU), an eye-watering 200,000 SCU hotter than the previous record holder. The grower of this heat sensation grew the chilli from seed.
For all the details you need on opening times, visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website here.