It seemed packed, which isn’t surprising as I think we have all been aching to get out to coo at different spring flowering bulbs and try and remember how much cash was in your wallet waiting to be spent.
For me, by far the most exciting thing was having Crug Farm there.... it always amazes me how I don’t really know any of the plants on their stand. I did wonder if I would manage to be able to buy any plants from them, as by the time I got there Mark and Gaz seemed to have already bought everything they had to offer! However I managed to get a Veratrum grandiflorum and then a Chrysosplenium macrophyllum and Beesia calthiofolia on their suggestion.
Another change was to add in the potato fair element...a good move and something which others have been doing for a while, however the other hall did seem rather sparse and my companions were a little grumpy how there weren’t any plant stands in there. Things with the London shows do seem to be going in the right direction, thank you RHS! However it would be great to see some new nurseries there...with all the same stands (and some very similar displays) it can seem a bit déjà vu. Perhaps discounts for first time exhibitors?
However an enjoyable trip out, with some very good company and proper motivation to get things going again in the garden.
|a potato mandela? mmm.|
|I think I would struggle putting a slice of this citrus in my gin...|
|Some fabulous foliage, and a very exotic Impatien..|