I do like having the day off to go to an RHS show...the sun was shining....my wallet was full of £20 notes which needed to be spent and I needed some good plant action to get my mojo going
The show its self was ok, however a lot of the same nurseries, and a little similar to the one in February which I guess is because the weather has been so cold, but all in all a good show of spring beauty....lots of daffs which I was rather taken by, and some proper RHS competition stuff as there were lots of alpines laid out for judging and singular daffs in glasses.
Surprisingly I couldn't find any OTT daffs, the most expensive (which I was of course immediately drawn to) being £17.50 a bulb....all rather cheaper than the exclusive snowdrops....
All was going well until I realised that I had been round twice (both halls) and not found any plants I wanted to buy....don't get me wrong, I was willing, and I had sharpened my elbows in readiness to get past the hoards to get to the best plants, but there was nothing I wanted. What was wrong with me? have I changed? do I have everything? Even my good friend Peter who I was with, and who is going to be an amazing garden designer, found nothing... However almost when I had given up hope I spotted a Romneya which is on my must have list, buying it was a great relief...then sent me on a role and I bought an Arisaema nepehthoides which made me feel complete.
So all in all a good day wandering amongst plants, and the fabulous planty characters that make the horticultural world fabulous.
The new growth of a Rheum palmatum behind a 'Brazen Child' which I should have bought in order to add it to my fantasy garden of plants with comedy names
This was about as exotic as it got with a couple of stalls of Restios which is all beginning to look a little familiar
There is something very special about the wall displays. Anyone for an embroidered Sempervirum?
Or what about a fantasy Arisaema with Bald Eagles roosting in the top and deer grazing underneath ?
I think the picture speaks for its self...
I *love* Asarums....they look so alien, however growing them in the garden the flowers are a little lost as they are so close to the ground. Wandering the garden with my Uncle he remarked 'oh that is a nice cyclamen' (pointing at the Asarum)'
I also had a few moments pondering house leeks as they are all so nice and exciting as they look so exotic, however whenever I grow them they get smaller and smaller until they disappear or get consumed by weedy grasses or Groundsel....