Gearing up for the Chelsea Flower Show

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The lovely weather we’ve been enjoying in the UK for the past few days has got me really excited about summer. I’m not going to get my hopes up too much though, I know a few good days in spring doesn’t make for a splendid June, July and August – as last year’s summer washout showed us all too well!

However, it has got me anticipating the Chelsea Flower Show with unlikely enthusiasm. I say unlikely because it used to be one of the lowest points of my year as a child. My mum is a big fan of gardening and the Chelsea Flower Show consumes her every waking moment when it’s on – I’d never hear the end of it when I lived at home! Now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I think I enjoy the essence of the event a lot more – and I know that, while I’ll never have the patience to craft my garden as beautifully as some of those that go on exhibition in Chelsea every year, I can definitely appreciate them from a distance.

This year’s flower show runs from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd of May at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Kensington, while I won’t be in London to watch the real thing, I’ll hopefully catch some of it on the BBC. One of my friends is even having her very own Chelsea tea party on the Friday night and I’ve promised to bake cupcakes with flower-shaped icing detail! She used to be a member of the Royal Horticultural Society (who organise the show) so she should hopefully be able to tell me what the “pretty pink flowers” are actually called…

What’s really amazing me about this year’s show, however, is the fantastic online presence it has. The BBC website, for instance, is a treasure trove of information on the Chelsea Flower Show. There are some lovely images, informative blogs and interesting videos. There’s also some valuable visitor information and details of the BBC’s coverage schedule too. So if you are a garden lover but you can’t fit in a short break to see this year’s show, I’d definitely suggest using this site as your main information resource.

Now, it’s time for me to seek out a recipe for those flower detail cupcakes. I think I’d better give myself plenty of room for trial and error if they’re going to be a hit on the night!

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