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I promised you some pics of our weekend at the Great Gardening Show at Loseley House – so here they are…


Our humble little corner – that’s my hubby and dog looking rather lugubrious (or is that just embarrassed?). We sold quite a few of those nice oak boxes and got lots of interest in the garden storage solutions. Quite a hot topic at the moment, it would seem (all the better for our bank account, then).


Then I set off to have a look around. Got very excited about these “hanging bamboos” – finally, I thought, I’ve found a way of using bamboos that keeps them in their place. But then I found out they’re not bamboo at all but a grass – Agrostis stolonifera. I suppose bamboo is a grass, strictly speaking, but I think my campaign to outlaw the stuff continues unabated.

Loads and loads and loads of flowers everywhere – I thought this display was a riot…


…and so did the bee, which took absolutely not a jot of notice of me while I took this photo. Far too busy. As you would expect, from a bee.


This fig tree was on the rather wonderful stall from Plants On Line. They had some fabby citrus and olives too (I’m a bit obsessed by exotic-ish edibles at the moment as I’m cooking up a scheme for my garden – literally…) And a few pomegranates, which is another tree I hanker for. Apart from their rather regrettable predilection for bamboos, this is a seriously good nursery which I hadn’t come across before.


Further indulging my edible exotics fetish, this is my must-have plant for this year: I spotted loads of colocasia at Hampton Court and this one was a beaut. Just look at those leaves… the edible bit is the tuber, which tastes a bit like potatoes so they tell me. I’d like to know who digs up £20 tubers to eat, mind you…

Last but not least, on the same stall as the colocasia (that’s Athelas Plants – another fantastic exotics nursery) was this gorgeous Anizoganthus in full flower. It’s called ‘Gold’ (can you tell why?): don’t know the plant well but apparently it’s not that easy to get it to flower like this. The label tells me it needs sun and well-drained soil – might do well in my acid sand, then…

My “must-grow-before-I-die” list is getting longer and longer. Better make it to my Queen’s telegram otherwise I’ll never get through it at this rate.

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