|40 garlands with over 50 roses each adorned the sides of the Royal Barge|
Recently I wrote about the seven-mile flotilla of over 1,000 boats that escorted the flower-festooned Royal Barge down the Thames as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.
Over a million onlookers viewed the floating pageant as it traveled along the river to Tower Bridge, which was opened to allow the Queen’s barge to sail through.
|Dozens of gardeners and hundreds of plants turned the Royal Barge into a floating botanical garden|
In all, the floral display included over 4,000 red carnations, 2,100 Darcey Bussell roses, 1,000 Patience roses and 500 purple and red sweet peas.
There were 40 garlands, each created with more than 50 blooms of Darcey and Munstead Wood, all supplied by David Austin English roses.
|My Munstead Wood|
Twenty gardeners spent seven months planning and growing plants for the special event. It took seven days for 45 florists, gardeners and flower arrangers to decorate the barge.
Photographs of the extravaganza prove all the work was well worth the effort.
There has been nothing like the river celebration since the flotilla honoring King Charles II in 1662, when diarist Samuel Pepys wrote that there were so many boats he could “see no water.”
The pageant was a feast for the senses.
|Roses, carnations and sweet peas created a floral scene fit for a Queen|
Cheers rang out along the shore out as the vessels passed by, church bells chimed and bands played selections including Handel’s Water Music.
The James Bond theme could be heard in the distance as the procession passed the MI6 spy agency headquarters.
It appears a jolly good time was had by all.