Wednesday, June 9

The Chelsea Flower show and The Gore

There were Roses

Miniature fields of lavender



and deepest purple Irises

This was an innovative way of re-cycling old plastic bottles

But this was my favourite garden

Silver birch underplanted with white Astrantia, Foxgloves Soloman's seal, 
Ferns, Heuchara, bleeding hearts
Simple and so, so fresh and beautiful.
Reminded me of this painting

The Goose girl by Stanley Royle previously attributed to Lavery

and of course of the ultimate white garden

Created by Vita Sackville-West

After a long day discussing all things horticultural we retired to 

This was the Headboard of our bed 

The stay at The Gore was a gift from dear friends as I mentioned, 
and it was so generous and kind.
I debated for a long time as to how to write this post not wanting to seem ungrateful
and I had decided when I started HelenJamesDesign to blog about things I loved 
and not too write about things that I didn't....... but in the spirit of transparency 
unfortunately The Gore was disappointing.
The service was terrible, the food was not great, the room was unremarkable
(apart from the headboard)
but it didn't spoil our fun.
Next post is about EGG the inspirational store in Knightsbridge 
owned by Maureen Doherty
EGG was the second highlight of the trip.


  1. ahhh! the flower show, iris gorgeous photographs and the plantings under the silver birch are lovely. pgt

  2. Beautiful images, I love lavender

  3. I love the flowers, lovely hotel..I love that headboard. How is the move going?



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