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Getting inspired by this Year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show

21 May 2019

The gang at Mad Lilies always get excited when the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show is just around the corner. We just love how thousands of people flock to admire the wonderful floral and botanical industry we’re so lucky to work within. One of the best bits for us is having our customers pop into the shop following their floral pilgrimage and to hear them talk with such enthusiasm and excitement about all the inspiration creations and blooms they’ve seen!

This year we were extra excited when we heard the themes for the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show announced as they are right up our street and when we got the call from Florist up  My Street to work on a collaboration we just knew we wanted to do something to celebrate this year’s upcoming show.

So, what are the themes? Well, this year is all about focusing on sustainability, children's learning, sensory, natural woodlands and conservation and some of these issues are very much at the forefront of the Mad Lilies’ agenda…

In terms of sustainability we have already started making steps to remove as much of our cellophane packing as possible, opting to wrap in more eco-friendly paper and tissue and now create designs without the use of floral foam, where ever possible. (We still have a little way to go to becoming foam free, but were making great strides!)

We’re also passionate about the conservation of our Bees and our woodlands – It is SO crucial as Bees are key to the pollination for our flowers.  We stock our store with as many British grown varieties of flowers and plants as soon as they come into season (around about now…!) and we also stock some gorgeous ‘Grow Bars’ which are coir bars packed with fertile seeds, just add water and watch them grow – perfect for a kitchen windowsill.  Our most popular is The Bee GrowBar packed full of flower seeds selected specifically for attracting bees, butterflies and other wildlife and available to buy instore on online at Mad Lilies At Home (they make for perfect gifts!)

So when Tom the founder of website ‘Florist Up My Street’ (a website passionate about giving quality independent florists a platform to get their flowers spread far and wide - check them out here), whom we are a member of, and who is equally passionate about this year’s area of focus for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and asked us if we would be up for creating an exclusive range of bouquets which hone in on these topics well of course we said YES!

So introducing our fab Chelsea Flower Show inspired range…. Drum Roll, please.

First up we have THE BUMBLEBEE TIED BUNCH - Inspired by conservation and designed using bee friendly blooms including British grown scented Stocks, Snapdragons, Thistle, Daisy Tana and Daucus; all key to our precious ecosystem. Prices from £40.00 and you can add on one of our fab Bumblebee friendly ‘Grow Bars’ as mentioned above!

On to the INTO THE WOODS TIED BUNCH - inspired by the wildlife and woodland around us using “wildlife friendly“ blooms that help feed our native creatures! Buy “wildlife friendly“ and help to make a difference! This bouquet contains Asparagus Fern, Ammi, scented Stocks, Veronica, Snapdragons and Scabious Seed Heads with pops of Yellow Iris. Prices from £40.00.

Next up is the LOLLIPOP BOXED BOUQUET - inspired by delicious, vibrant colours reminiscent of a -summer’s day at the fairground.  Sweet, fun and playful – we use scented pink Stocks, blue Thistle, Hypericum, yellow Tea Roses, Billy Buttons, orange Asclepia, Alstromeria, Clematis and lush seasonal foliage. Available from £48.00.

Then we have our SENSORY SENSATION BOXED BOUQUET - Inspired by the feel-good benefits of gardening which is an all-encompassing sensory experience; scent, colour and touch.  This bouquet is available from £48.00 and designed using Scabious seed heads, scented Stocks, hot pink Tea Roses, Grasses, Veronica, Pussey Willow and Nigella.

And last up we have the HOPSCOTCH BOXED BOUQUET - Inspired by the bright colours of a playground. The warm, sweet smell of a playing field in summer and the happy noise of children, from all diversities, laughing and learning through play. Available from £48.00 using peach Stocks, ‘Gravity’ Roses, hot pink Tea Roses, Billy Buttons, orange Asclepia, and Veronica.

So send a loved one or friend one of our Chelsea inspired designs, and get in the mood for this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show which takes place between Tuesday 21st May 2019 – Saturday 25th May 2019!

(It’s worth noting that Florist Up My Street will donate 10% of sales from the Bumblebee Tied Bunch to ‘The Bumblebee Conservation Trust’, with whom they work closely with.)