Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 – butterflies, blooms, bumblebees and beautiful colours

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

The historic park at Hampton Court was bathed in glorious sunshine for the press launch of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show yesterday and I spent a lovely day ambling around.

Here’s some photos from my travels around the site:

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

The elaborate windmill by the waterside.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

An exhibitor relaxes before the show opens.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Inside the RHS Butterfly Dome. The result of a partnership with the Eden Project, visitors could walk around a large structure filled with over 3,000 butterflies – the largest exhibited collection in the UK.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

The incredible Owl butterflies.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Monty Don practises his lines.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

The show features the work of some of the UK’s top nurseries, displayed  in the 34 gardens around the site.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

A stunning display by Dave Parkinson Plants from Goole.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Checking out the cacti.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

There was a riot of colour to be seen.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Bonsai trees from Pinewood Bonsai of Formby, Liverpool.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Radio DJ Mike read in his curious quasi-Wimbledon tennis attire.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

In the Technology in Harmony with Nature zone, the silent band were creating beautiful music on Yamaha’s Silent instruments (Silent Disco wireless headphones needed!).

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 - butterflies, blooms and bumblebees

Woolly Shepherd’s intriguing natural wool acoustic clouds, billed as a 100% natural wool, sustainable, eco solution to acoustic problems.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

This was a really interesting stall. I learnt a lot about bumblebees!

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Garlic galore.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

A Dragon’s Hen Den.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Looking across the lake.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Inside the main flower marquee.

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

You could buy pre-built Gothic ruins for your garden!

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013

Photos of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court, London, Monday 8th July 2013