Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21st, a prelude to what is always one of the busiest seasons in the British Royal calendar. One can assume that it will be even busier this year, as the Queen now also holds the title of longest-reigning monarch in the United Kingdom.
As I salute this remarkable woman who so embodies the popular motto, “Stay Calm and Carry On,” I look back with warm affection on my days in London and the countryside, spring of last year. With Charlotte Moss and Margot Shaw as our leaders, no flowering plant or delicious detail was overlooked. Enjoy some highlights, which might explain why I am so enthusiastically anticipating the next visit.
My roommate, compliments of the Sloane Square Hotel (just 3 blocks from the Chelsea Flower Show).
The courtyard garden at the premier London decorating shop, Colefax and Fowler.
Creativity galore early morn at the Chelsea Flower Show.
London retailers join in the Chelsea spirit and provide an unexpected bit of fun.
What is more appropriate or appealing than a green and white scheme, another vignette to be found in Sloane Square.
Georgian simplicity…and a shot of hot pink.
Shopping (and lunching) on the way to Oxfordshire.
The front entrance at Ditchley Park, Nancy Lancaster’s former home and neighbor to Blenheim Palace.
Wonderful color juxtapositions between the verdegris copper pot and light orchid pansies.
Favorite green scenes at Haseley Court.
Sharply pruned yew hedge and topiary, its curves recalling the arch of the door.
The tower at Cliveden, the former residence of Nancy, Lady Astor which is now a boutique hotel.
A few days at the marvelous Goring Hotel, once we returned to London.
And finishing with a last visit…an adored show at the Queen’s Gallery.