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Never mind the show gardens: at Malvern it was the Floral Pavilion which just blew me away.

Every bit as good as bigger shows like Chelsea and Hampton Court, I was like a kid let loose in a sweetshop: actually I was entirely paralysed when I first went in as I just wanted everything I saw.

To save the bank balance I contented myself with taking photos of my very, very favourites. Well, mostly: I will admit three more scented geraniums and a Gillenia trifoliata somehow found their way into my bag.

So here were the ones that got away:

Camassia leichtlinii ‘Pink Selection’
(Avon Bulbs)

Euphorbia dulcis ‘Chamaeleon’
(Claire Austin Hardy Plants)

Paris quadrifolia
(Mary Green at The Walled Garden, Lancs)

Hosta ‘White Feather’
(actually, I didn’t want this one, but I thought it was proof if proof were needed that breeders always push it that little bit too far)

Dicentra ‘Bleeding Hearts’
(Cath’s Garden Plants)

Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’
(Edrom Nursery)

Trillium sulcatum
(Chris Cooke Plants)

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