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Out & About: Chelsea in Bloom

Every year in May, the Chelsea Flower Show returns to the capital. However, if you’re overwhelmed by the crowds, head to the streets of London for the Chelsea Fringe. This nine-day festival coincides with Chelsea Flower Show and encompasses a huge variety of horticultural events.

In Chelsea, over 80 shops, restaurants and hotels unleash their creativity for Chelsea in Bloom. This year’s Under the Sea theme has seen octopuses, mermaids and sea horses taking over the shop fronts.

Hackett won the gold price this year with their installation inspired by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, featuring a giant octopus with tentacles sprawling through the windows.

Our favourite octopus came from Kiki McDonough, who has broken out of the shop window and looks down on the passers-by.

We love the intricate details and vibrant colours of this floral coral reef. It is such a clever use of foliage with succulents resembling sea anemones, brightly coloured flowers as corals and frongs of fishbone cactus as sea kelp.

These floral delights will be on display until the end of the week so come and take a look for yourself!

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