Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hampton Court Flower Show - part 3

Hampton Court isn't all about plants - well ok, it is, but there is a large trade stand area (that also get judged) and exhibitors take a lot of care with them..and the gardens use lots of amazing structures amongst their planting.
I could have spent thousands and thousands (if I had a garden, ha ha - and a large bank balance..)
Here are some of the highlights..
 beautiful fabric umbrellas (yes, this way up)
 water features..
can you spot (3) me in my maxi dress taking the picture!
 rusty metal (took this for Jo Myhill mainly)
 yes please!
 loved this too

 thought this was a bargain, rusty flower, £25..
 this wasn't £25.. loved the water feature
 and this fused glass sculpture - designed by Carrie Anne Funnell - they were GORGEOUS
and these poppies..

 beautiful masonry on this garden
 £12,000 anyone?  Mad Hatter's Tea Party indeed...
 The local schools enter a scarecrow competition each year, this year the theme was World War One, (for obvious reasons) hare are a couple
 lovely this one ( you can see how hot it was by the attire of this visitor taking a rest in the shade!)

 Loved this on the wall of the stand celebrating 50 years of Britain in Bloom (seem to have missed them out in the previous post, may have to do another one after all!)
 Did something I've always wanted to do - it was SO hot, just had to have a paddle (well dip my feet in) in the Long Water..there was a lot of this going on!  A much needed ice cream break!  oh, and the water is freezing!!
 you could have a go at flower arranging. very popular this.
 the length of the Floral Marquee
inspired planting, can see why it's been bought!
 cranberry anyone? (the cranberry and mango juice was delicious!)
 Tried to tweet this to Darcy for Colin to see...they were magnificent!
 ok another couple of gardens - this is from the Britain in Bloom one I mentioned above..
so pretty!

and finally (hurrah, I hear you say) another of my favourites,

 this was the Vestra Wealth's Vista - so pretty!
One of the blokes who'd worked on the build was there watering the plants (you can just see him through the silver birches) and was saying that they'd had so many delays with supplies arriving for the build they thought it wouldn't get done - but they did and it is gorgeous

 loved this, on top of the stacked log wall feature.

Well I don't think I've repeated any pictures from the earlier posts (I am getting confused now) and I thank you for staying with me!
Let's go again next year...


Lin said...

Well Helen Loved all three posts and I'm def coming next year lol!!

Jo said...

Great photos Helen and thank you for the rust!

sam21ski said...

Wow no wonder you was there all day, this is my fave post of the 3, love that row of poppies and those huge leaves look fantastic. So did you buy the rust flower for £25 then?

Fabulous photos, thank you soooo much for sharing them all

Sam xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Thanks Helen, look forward to next years blog. X

snazzyoriginal said...

I soon need those oak leaves, stunning! So glad you had a great day & many thanks for so generously sharing the highlights with us xx

Darcy UK said...

Awwww giraffes. i would have been sat with them all day. Did you stroke them?

I adore the giant poppies and the giant leaves. were they acanthus leaves? simply stunning photos Helen.

craftimamma said...

I haven't commented on each post as I'm doing a catch up but I have read every enjoyable word and devoured every beautiful photo. What a wonderful day you must have had although I think the heat would have done for me, lol!

I want the gorgeous trickling poppy water feature!

Lesley Xx

Lesley Edmonds said...

Wow amazing photos. Love the britain in bloom garden. Thank for taking me to Hampton Court x

Mariane C said...

Wow wow and wow... Do I envy your trip there.. thihi... What a wonderful day you have had and what a great dress you have - I love that you shine there ... ;) in the balls. Hampton Court Flower Show is that a yearly event? - It is sure something I would love to go and see.(Live in Copenhagen)
Thank you so much for sharing
Kind regards