Diarmuid Gavin’s tower for Westland Horticulture won a a silver medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and the Most Creative Show Garden prize, but it has split the opinions of critics. Personally, I have still not made up my mind whether I ‘like’ it or not, but it is most certainly a very impressive structure and was a huge amount of fun to be able to experience it!
Monday marked the start of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with the press day which my mother and I where able to attend! It was my first time to the Chelsea Flower Show and it was truly amazing, so over the next week I will share some of my favourite parts of the show.
Starting with…. Pot Art!!
Pot Art is a campaign run by the Royal Horticultural Society where celebrities have grabbed a paint brush to decorate plant pots, which are then being sold in order to raise money for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, which aims to help all school children take part in outdoor gardening, benefiting from learning about healthy living and exercise, their outdoor environment including wildlife and plants helping the children understand our responsibility towards looking after our environment.
On arrival at the Chelsea Flower Show… we where asked to the RHS Life tent to have see the collection of pots, and take part in the campaign – here are some of my favourites….
Sir Paul Smith:
And of course… Liz Earle!
This bank holiday weekend if for May Day, the traditional Spring holiday so I thought I’d share what is currently my new favourite Spring hair style! It is easy to do, it doesn’t require much prep work as it works best if you have some bed head hair going on, and with this horrible weather it doesn’t matter if the wind tries to miss it up!…
I think that if there was a ‘rock and roll’ Flower Fairy she would wear her hair like this! Get you teasing comb ready for the chunky side braid…
(Please note you need to be able to french braid for this hair style – have a look here for instruction).
You will need:
- A bed-head of hair.
- A teasing comb and hair brush.
- Some bobby pins.
- Some hair spray.
1. Start with an un-tamed main: (If you have quite fine, flat hair blow dry you hair up-side down, tousling your hair with you fingers, and scrunch in a matt hair gum or clay).
2. Use the end on the teasing comb to create a deep side parting (on whichever side your prefer) in the front section of your hair,
and bring the end of the comb round to just behind your ear, sectioning off the back of your hair from this front section.
Then tie the back, and smaller side section in a pony tail or bun to keep it out of the way while we work on the front.
3. Time to tease, in order to make a chunkier side braid. Start by taking three small sections from the front section that are closest to your parting.
And back comb them starting by the roots of each section, and let them flop over your parting so you can continue working on the front section.
4. Use the comb to take another section of hair, about half an inch thick from the front part, and divide it into three parts, then with the comb gently tease each of the three sections. Each time you finish back combing a section let it flop over your parting so you can continue to work through all your hair in the front section Each time taking a section of hair, splitting into three equal parts for the braid and teasing it. This will create a chunky looking braid once it is all plaited together.
5. Move all the teased section back over into the original deep side parting, and gentlly brush over the top. This will make the top of the braid look a bit smoother whilst keeping the voluming and chunky look from the teasing, so only a little bit of gentle brushing!
6. Take the first three teased sections of your hair and cross them over in the first stages of a french braid, (it helps you to go sideways if you tip your head to the side, so the hair your plaiting is hanging downwards).
Then continue the french braid side ways, across the front section of your hair, each time picking up a teased section of your hair to plait into the side braid.
7. Continue the braid down to behind your ear and secure with two, crossed over bobby pins.
In these photos I have left a small section of hair in front and above my ear un-teased and out of the braid, to show that you can pin the sides of your hair back for a slightly less dishevelled look.
8. To finish of the messy flower fairy look untie the rest of your hair and tease the under sections of your hair around the crown and side sections to add some volume and oomph.
9. Fix with some hairspray and enjoy!