To celebrate the launch of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show, and to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the RHS is calling on people to share photographs of their favourite mood-boosting flowers to provide a moment of respite during lockdown — and the royal family have revealed theirs, too.
Posting on Twitter, the RHS said: “As part of Virtual #RHSChelsea, during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek this week, we’re encouraging people to share positive images of plants and beautiful gardens on their social media feeds with #MyChelseaGarden.
“Members of the @RoyalFamily have shared a selection of images of some of their favourite plants and flowers at this time of year.”
The Queen revealed that her favourite flower is Lily-of-the-valley — a beautiful bloom which featured in her glorious coronation bouquet back in 1953.
“The Queen’s Coronation Bouquet was made up of white flowers comprising of orchids and lilies-of-the-valley from England, stephanotis from Scotland, orchids from Wales, and carnations from Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man,” explains the team on the RHS website.
© oluolu3 – Getty Images Lily-of-the-valley
Prince Charles also revealed that he loves to grow Delphiniums, thanks to their glorious eye-catching colours. He said: “For me, the magnificent, gloriously apparelled delphinium, with its impeccable bearing and massed in platoons, holds pride of place in my botanical affections.”
Elsewhere, the Duchess of Cornwall explained that her favourite flower is the Alchemilla Mollis, saying that it’s a ‘must for every gardener’ and is one of the ‘best-ever foliage plants’.
© Rosmarie Wirz – Getty Images Alchemilla Mollis
Our gardens, balconies and outdoor spaces have become places of refuge during the ongoing chaos of the pandemic. We might be spending more time at home, but nature has forced us to pause, slow down, reflect and appreciate the little things.
Why not get involved with the RHS’ new #MyChelseaGarden campaign? Take a look at what members of the public have been sharing…