Walking around West London you could be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into an alternate reality where everything from dresses, to animals to entire edifices is made entirely of beautiful blooms.

This year was the biggest, wildest and weirdest showing from Chelsea in Bloom, the celebration of beautiful floristry and floral design on show to any passer-by pounding the streets of West London.

Florists and independent shops compete to outdo each other and Good Florist Guide was there to snap some pictures so you can see the magic from the comfort of your home. Now in its 11th year, the designs this year reflected the Carnival theme of RHS Chelsea 2016, just in time to get us all psyched up for the Rio Olympics.

Our favourites were Neill Strain Floral Couture’s stunning orchid paradise, Liz Earle’s fantasy funfair created by florists Willow Crossley and Monica Vinader’s samba dress by Neeva Jay Flowers.

If you’re searching for something even more tasty, why not try an edible ice cream bouquet by Italian gelato shop Amorino on the Kings Road? Described by the Evening Standard as ‘the world’s first lickable florist’, Amorino’s ice cream flowers are certainly a Chelsea treat everyone can enjoy.
Produced by the Cadogan Estate in association the Royal Horticultural Society, all the designs are on display all of this week as well as a programme of events including free rickshaw rides, a floral food market and botanical face and body-painting among others.

If you’re interested in popping down, check out www.chelseainbloom.co.uk for a full programme of events or explore what’s on offer interactively with our gallery of pictures below. Just on the picture below and then click the right arrow to take you through the gallery.