12 May 2014

Let's talk flowers, Flower Shows, Pinterest and having a Cinderella complex

Strong winds funnelling between the flats yesterday were buffeting these aquilegias around so I picked a few for a vase and added purple heuchera leaves to the jam jar. There are seed pods on the aquilegias already?


I was late putting in my application for a Chelsea Flower Show press pass (yes, bloggers get to go too, sometimes) and didn't get round to buying tickets this year so it seems that I won't be going now, which I'm really gutted about as I really, really wanted to see Cleve West's garden. I love that he spends time growing veg on his allotment but slips out to 'do' a Chelsea garden every now and then. *hero*

I'd resigned myself to this sorry state of affairs when a glimmer of hope came my way. I received an email from Interflora's marketing department (who assure me that at least some of their flowers are sourced from the UK) with news of a competition.  The prize is a pair of Saturday Chelsea Flower Show tickets for 3 lucky winners. (Please, let it be me!) Five also rans will receive an Interflora bouquet.

The competition is very easy: simply create a Pinterest board called 'My Interflora Garden'.  As I already use Pinterest a little bit (48 boards, 1208 pins, all garden/design related), plus I really need no excuse to go off on an internet search that combines the words 'flowers' and 'garden' - and I would love to get to the show - I was completely up for it (although I didn't tell them that, natch.)

My Interflora Pinterest board was created last night  - see it here, if you're so inclined - and details of the competition are here if you fancy entering.  It's rather fun as you can gather up flowers for the garden of your dreams (and a shed or two), even if you don't get to visit the Chelsea gardens of your dreams.  On the other hand, I really hope that one of my garden fairies is paying attention as (have I mentioned this already?) I really want to go to the ball and my Cinderella complex may be out of control by Saturday 24th.

The deadline for the competiton is midday on Wednesday 14th May - that's this coming Wednesday.  You'll have to be quick but wouldn't it be marvellous if a few of us could meet up at Chelsea!

There's no obligation to blog about it, I just like to spread the word.

Here's a glimpse of my Pinterest entry:











32 comments:

  1. Press pass for bloggers?! I'm going to have to look into that one next year :)

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    1. Oops :) I let that one slip out of the bag! Yes, it's how I managed to get into Chelsea last year on press day. Bloggers who publish/post articles about the RHS and their services, or write about gardening issues can apply for press accreditation via the RHS website. Thousands apply, only a few get through but it's worth a go. Obviously, if you write for mags or newspapers, even as a freelancer, you can apply. Maybe see you there next year, Tanya!

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  2. I hope you do get to go, it's a little far for me but I do aim to go one year.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. Now I know how you felt about getting a copy of The Cut Flower Patch! Chelsea is a bit of a scrum on public days so press day is an easier visit for viewing gardens. I think everyone should go at least once!

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  3. Fingers crossed that you do win a pair of tickets. I'm not really into garden design but do admire Cleve West's work probably because he's a fellow allotmenteer. I've been looking at your Pinterest pictures but will take a closer look at that specific board. Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks, Flighty. I'm hoping all this well-wishing will do the trick! I agree that Cleve West's allotmenteering makes him more of a man of the people. I imagine that you've already read is book 'Our Plot'? One of the favourites on my bookshelf. Cx

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    2. You're welcome. 'Our Plot' is one of my favourite gardening books on my bookshelf as well. Flighty xx

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  4. Good luck Caro - you deserve to go. I'm sad we don't get to meet up at Chelsea this year. However, I am free and a Billy No Mates (aka Cinderella) on Sunday evening in London if you're around...

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. Have DM'd you via Twitter, always lovely to see you! Cxx

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  5. Your pinterest garden looks wonderful,I hope you win! Sarah x

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    1. Ah, thank you, Sarah! If only I could put all these plants into a real garden space! Now that really would be something! Cx

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  6. We really ought to take Pinterest more seriously....

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    1. I can't believe you guys haven't already got a dozen Pinterest boards for your lovely plants!! It's a great way to keep a visual reminder of plant combos and choices, etc. I can highly recommend it as a way of keeping track of inspirations!

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  7. Will keep all fingers crossed for you Caro :)

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    1. Ah, thanks Anna. At least I now know to get on with applying next year!

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  8. what a wonderful opportunity - i hope you get to the chelsea flower show afterall! your pinterest pics are so pretty and colourful. i can almost feel that branch of pussy willow with its soft little buds.

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    1. That was one of my favourite images too! Of course a very large space would be needed for all these plants but I like to imagine a flower cutting garden with a few edibles and lots of bees, birds and butterflies! (And a few edibles!)

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  9. I hope you win, Caro! Otherwise (like me) you will have to be content with watching Alan T & Co. on the telly.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. I guess I'll be glued to the screen - but it's the Lord of Cord, Monty Don, this year doing the chatting. The good news is that this has freed up Alan T to create a garden for the people which, of course, I hope to see!

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  10. All look so beautiful, especially the pink tulip.

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    1. Thank you, Endah. There are a lot of very beautiful plants out there which, of course, is what makes it tough for garden designers as choices have to be finalised eventually!

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  11. Good luck... my fingers are crossed for you, if only (and very selfishly) so that we all get to read about your visit on the blog!

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    1. Ah, thank you! I've heard that my board was one of the winning entries so I will indeed be writing about my day at the show. I've checked on the RHS website and it seems there's a heavy emphasis on allotments this year! So excited now!

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  12. Those aquilegias are beautiful, well done for rescuing them! I do hope you get to go to Chelsea. I'm a big fan of Cleve West's too. I've got his book about his allotment and I just love it. Those sheds! It's all very inspirational.

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    1. My first aquilegias were a gift from my sister and were only leaves in a pot when I was given them; they've since cross-pollinated and reseeded themselves so I have no idea what I'm going to get! They are very lovely plants though CJ and quite fleeting too. It appears my fairy godmother was listening as I've heard I am going to the ball after all - and with a friend! Yayy! Thanks for your support! Cx

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  13. Good luck Caro - I like Cleve West too.

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    1. Thanks Sue - I was one of the winners and received my tickets in the post today so I'll be able to tell you all about Cleve's garden. I'm getting excited about it already!

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  14. Your entry looks wonderful! Oh I do hope you win, how lovely it would be if Cinders got to go to the ball. Good luck!!! xxx

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    1. Thank you Snowbird! You'll soon hear that indeed Cinders IS going to the ball and jolly excited and thrilled I am!

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  15. Loving your Interflora Garden Caro - some gorgeous blooms and colours on there. Best of luck with the Chelsea tickets - I'm going on the Saturday, so who knows, we may well get to meet up at long last!?

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    1. Hi Jules, thank you - you may have noticed that I've since added one or two other essentials, like the under gardener! Got have some help in my garden! I will DM you on Twitter as I've won a pair of tickets and will be at the show on Saturday now - would be lovely to meet!

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  16. Hope you get to go Caro, I too am a Cleve West fan, but am avoiding pinterest as I know it will be addictive. I use evermore to record plants and combinations I find inspiring, which works almost as well, but without that lovely collage view. Oh, the temptation...

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