Taking tea at Chelsea

Preparation is such a big part of  success. This week we’re elbow- deep in preparation for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which has crept up on us and suddenly arrived out of nowhere.  If you hadn’t heard, we’ve been growing for 3 major show gardens at Chelsea this year: the M&G Investment Garden by Bunny Guinness, the B&Q Garden by Patrick Collins and the Skyshades Garden by Marney Hall, and now it’s delivery time.

The BBC have been twice already to film us primping and prepping our organic herbs, and loading them onto the van for delivery to the show.

All hands to the herbs, prepping for Chelsea Flower Show

We’re also having a retail ‘booth’ of our own at the show, on Pavilion Way (PW/30). Here, you’ll find over 100 herb seed varieties, our brand new kitchen/garden aprons and teatowels designed by the illustrator of the family, Hannah McVicar, and (the piece de resistance), our brand new range: Jekka’s Herbal Teas.

Jekka's Herbal Teas - launching at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Jekka has been drying and blending herbal teas for decades. Family and friends have encouraged her to launch this range of organic, whole leaf loose tea blends so that everyone can benefit. These are seriously good teas: they taste wonderful, look beautiful (with the inclusion of flower petals such as Cornflower and Calendula) and have been specially blended for maximum impact. For example, Jekka’s mid afternoon brew,  3pm Tea (PMT..get it?!) contains healing, stimulating and carminative ingredients such as Peppermint and Hibiscus ” A perky blend for mid afternoon clarity, or if you’re just feeling crabby“! Jekka’s Herbal Teas will be on sale at our next Open Days (17th-19th June) and from www.jekkasherbfarm.com from June.

Even though we’ve got a ‘booth’ again this year, Chelsea visitors will still be treated to a glimpse of our beautiful, organically grown herbs, as Jekka has designed a special ‘booth’ border to illustrate how easily herbs can be grown in a small space.

'Mocking up' for our Chelsea 'booth'

There are 20 herb plants in Jekka’s beautiful booth border,  including AngelicaPainted Sage, Purple Shiso, Orange Scented Thyme, Sweet Rocket and Valerian. All will be available to buy as seed at the show from our Pavilion Way stand at the very special offer show price of 7 packets for £10.

Jekka and all of the team are blending, pruning, primping and packing so that everything is as perfect as it possibly can be for the world’s best flower show.

Meanwhile, Jekka’s dog, Hampton, who has followed this routine for many years, knows only too well how best to deal with the hive of activity around him.

'Wake me up when it's all over'

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