|Loaded up and ready to go!|
I felt the show better than last year, as the show gardens were of a higher quality. Still not as good as you would expect at Chelsea of Hampton Court, but better than they were. The floral marquee was of course my favourite as it was crammed with nurseries, all with good displays and loads of plants to choose from.
The plant avenues in the main arena were also great to buy stuff from, but they were really just nurseries piling things high to sell cheap, but very helpful for getting some filler plants like Musa ensete to pad out the holes.
|Bit in the main arena where the regular sellers were, it was all getting a bit bandito in search of sales...|
It was good to hear them talk, Mr Titmarsh was particulalry engaging although he was a little taken aback when a lady from the audience asked 'Alan, can you tell me when I should prune my bush'
|Everyone needs a bit of odd conceptualism...I rather liked this (perhaps it bows to my royal ambitions) but thought it would look good as part of landscaping a roundabout|
|Need I say more?|
|This plants name is 'Silybum' I had to take a picture to show that Helen wasnt making it up|
|interesting arid garden...I liked the wood sticking up at the back|
|I liked this for the tanks used as mini ponds|
|Again nice use of verticle wood|
|Generally Im not a fan of the fuchia, apart from a brief obsession in my teens. I do howver like this Thalia type and bought a few as I think they can add to the tropical look|
|There was a Datura/Brugmansia stand however I must say I wasnt a fan of the doubles, they just look a bit blousy. I like their wild tropical jungleness...these seem a bit park displan|
|I wish I could grow ferns better (one day perhaps I will if I get an automatic watering system) this one was from Hawaii and very Jurassic Park|
|Pretty un named thing|
|This is to remind me that the one I bought last year will look better than it does at the moment!|
|Plantbase is one of my new favourite nurseries as he just had odd wild looking jungly things....|
|I bought one of these which should be a wild monster, although it will be cut down by frost, along with a 'dead mans fingers' plant|
|I also bought a Eucalyptus which I plan on keeping pollarded for good young growth which is different from the adult foliage|
|Desert to Jungle also had a good stand with all the tropical favourites, I bought a Schleffera from them|