Back to flowers. This week is the Chelsea Flower Show, which I haven't been to since 2007ish, maybe? And the reason that I went is because I was covering the fact that Cozmo Jenks had made a hat for the Laurent Perrier Garden for vogue.com. But all I really remember was sitting in some hanging basket with Cozmo and Tilly Wood - the wife of Rolling Stone progeny, Jesse Wood, and Cozmo's muse - while Cozmo told us that she'd left some felt tips on the radiator and they'd melted so she'd turned them into a hat. But not the hat that Tilly was wearing, which is here:
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show, so is bound to be stupendous. Alice Peto has designed a print to commemorate the event, for sale either through Potterton Books, or directly through the artist, and, if you do go through Alice, and mention Joy as it Flies, you'll get a special discount. And we all love discounts, don't we . . . . ?
I'm going to try to persuade her to do a copy for me. I want it that much. And there's a spot on the wall where I can see it look it looking perfect, and now when I look at that spot it seems bare and bereft because the painting that I want to go there, isn't. The point is, if you want something to remember the Chelsea Flower by, you'd do a lot worse than to buy one of Alice's works (because going to anything is mainly about the shopping, right?) Alternatively of course, you could ask Cozmo Jenks - who is only by appointment - to design one of her spectacular floral confections for you.
Stephanie Lundell and Cozmo Jenks
Claudia Leigh and Cozmo Jenks, at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens today - www.rhs.org.uk