Chelsea Flower Show is the garden-lover's event of the year, showcasing the best flowers you're likely to lay your eyes on. And this really is the best time of year to enjoy fresh cut flowers, with everything from Peonies to Sweet Peas and Delphiniums coming into season. If you're planning a wedding, party or just a small get together, there are lots of fun ways to incorporate flowers into your menu, whether in a drink, dessert or salad. Here are some ideas...
Rose and Rubies Spritz
Perfect for toasting a celebration, this non alchoholic spritz is made using rose petals, sugar and fizzy water, garnished with fresh sprigs of mint.
Carrot and Courgette Floral Flan
Rolling ribbons of courgette and carrot into flowers make this simple vegetarian flan something of a showpiece.
Eton Rhubarb Mess with Rose Petals and Pistachios
This classic English dessert gets an exotic twist, substituting strawberries with rhubarb and flavouring with rose petals. A sprinkling of bright green pistachios adds a bit of crunch.
Apple rose tarts
These pretty apple tarts are deceptively simple to put together and will make a lovely dessert served with a dollop of cream.
Elderflower, rose and prosecco jelly
A sophisticated recipe that will nicely round off any summer meal, this grown up jelly mixes prosecco with elderflower and rose water, so packs in the floral flavours!
Chocolate-filled rosebud meringues
These bite-size mini rose-shaped meringues are perfect passed round at a garden party.
Flower bowl cake
You'll really wow guests at your next party with this flower bowl cake, which is made using individual icing-adorned cupcakes (meaning it's easy to serve too!).
Saffron and rose water flan
This colourful Middle-Eastern dessert uses a pinch of saffron to add a distinctive flavour and vibrancy, with glossy slices of orange and dried rose petals adding the finishing touches.