Yay to the start of summer and yay to the most beautiful flowers at this time of year. Finally it's the season for blousy, romantic peonies - my all time favourite - with their pretty soft colours and frilly petals. I've also been enjoying seeing all the blossom and wisteria images feeding through on social media. It's the best time of year and it makes me so happy to see so much colour around and really celebrate the great British summer. With the world's most prestigious flower show coming up, I am very happy to be talking flowers again with Marks & Spencer, but this time all about their summer bouquets.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show starts on 22nd May and Marks & Spencer will be exhibiting there for the 6th year in a row and also celebrating it with their very own Chelsea Flower Show inspired, Chelsea Bouquet (pictured on my desk below).
The theme for their exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show this year is inspired by floral markets and the brains behind it all is their flower developer and all round floral expert, Simon Richards. They are going for gold for the fourth year in a row so fingers crossed for them! For inspiration they looked to traditional flower markets, creating a jaw-dropping display which showcases seasonal blooms from their carefully selected suppliers in Britain and beyond. Simon comments-
“This year we’ve taken our inspiration from heritage British markets, including the original Covent Garden Piazza, The Floral Hall and Borough Market. As befits a celebration of Britain, we’re showcasing more British grown flowers than ever before, along with expertly grown blooms from Holland, France, Colombia and Kenya. The focal point is a light-filled sun window decorated with delphiniums, irises, roses and peonies, which will flood the space with golden dappled sunlight”
You can see more information on the exhibit here too.
Below you can see a taste of the summer bouquets that are currently available online or instore at Marks & Spencer that I placed around my home.
Chelsea Bouquet, £30. Available Online
This bright seasonal inspired bouquet has a mix of sunflowers, blue delphiniums and lilac alliums.
The Collection Peony Bouquet, £40. Available Online
This gorgeous array of glorious pink peonies is a beautiful way to display some exquisite summer colour in your home.
Sunflower Market Bouquet, £10. Available in store only
This bouquet comes wrapped in traditional brown paper, inspired by floral markets. Filled with sunflowers, lilac asters and lysimachus, I've chosen to put these longs stems in a tall vintage style milk jug vase.
Chelsea Bouquet, £16. Available in store only
A bright combination of alliums, sunflower, stocks, roses, lilies, bupleurums, fountain grass, delphiniums, blue statice, rhodo and sweet william.
The Collection Peony Bouquet, £20. Available in store only
A classic pretty pink peony bouquet with their classic full and frilly petals.
Scented Stocks Abundance, £30. Available Online
White, lilac and purple scented stocks look vibrant and ornamental and will fill your home with the scent of summer.