Friday, February 21, 2014

RHS Plant and Design Show

Our annual drive into Central London was today for the RHS Plant and Design Show, held in the RHS halls by Vincent Square, we generally avoid driving in, after all its usually much quicker by train. However for just one day a year we do drive in... Why? so we can load the car up with plants!

With the house renovations pretty much complete our attention is back to the garden, and thinking about new specimens to replace those damaged by fire. For that part of the garden we need to blend the old garden with the new, so have decided to purchase one or two larger plants for some instant impact. With Crug Farm attending we knew we would be able to find something to fit the bill!

Crug Farm

Pachysandra axillaris 'Crûg's Cover' - BWJ8032
Pachysandra axillaris 'Crûg's Cover' - BWJ8032

Crug Farm Stand

As always there was plenty to see, although the show was disappointing compared to previous years, with a large selection of potatoes taking up a lot of space and a slightly random greenhouse "art piece". However Crug and Trewidden had plenty of great exotics to tempt us with. And we did pick up a few small items from other nurseries.



Trewidden Nursery Gold winning display
Trewidden Nursery
Trewidden Nursery 
Trewidden Nursery



Plants from Trewidden Nursery, Lights from...
The show is on for another day, so if you are in London its worth popping over (we hear Crug were expecting some more plants to arrive for tomorrow!

Gaz

27 comments:

  1. How exciting to have an empty car at such a great sale! With what did you fill your car?

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    1. Very exciting! Loads, details coming up soon Peter :)

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  2. Oh now that's just plain mean, what did you buy?!!! You have to show us pics...

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    1. Coming up soon Janet, with lots of pics!

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  3. I guess we're all on the same page so far...show us! show us!

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  4. I wanted to be there so much for all those beautiful snowdrops but it was not to be this year. I quite like spuds too :) Now what did you cram into the car on the way home - do tell!!!

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    1. Shame you couldn't make it Anna this year Anna, the early spring flower displays were gorgeous as always. There's always next year :)

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  5. It looks like there was a huge crowd there! With so much going on and with so much to look at, it must have been difficult to make choices!

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    1. Indeed Debs, it even felt like we didn't have enough time and missed picking up one or two more items.

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  6. Occasionally, a slog through urban traffic is worth the effort...

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  7. How much fun!! I loooove Crug farm!!! they sell such amazing plants!!

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  8. Thanks for posting, I won't get there this year but have sent a 'runner' to scout for any extra special snowdrops.

    Are what you bought going to be a separate post?

    Chad.

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    1. Sorry to hear you couldn't make it this year Chad. We bumped into John and sent our regards. Pics and list of our haul to follow soon!

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  9. Great first photo of the hall, guys! Were you in the café? Sorry I missed you, we'll have to co-ordinate next time, even if it's only a wave over the exotics! Crugs was the stand I missed at there was a big crowd in front, otherwise the show didn't feel as crowded as it looks in your photo! Funny that my feet didn't hurt at all as I was walking round (too distracted!) but they were pretty tired by the time I got home! Looking forward to seeing photos of your purchases .... ;) C x

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    1. We must coordinate better for next year Caro! We left relatively early due to car parking issues with its limited time. We had a great time and nice to see so much colour and greenery to break the winter gloom :)

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  10. Like everyone else, I want to know what you got! Bet you guys had a lot of fun, despite the crowds and having to drive in.

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    1. We had a great time Alison, always well worth the drive :) photos of our haul coming up soon!

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  11. Hey...like everyone else I want to know the important stuff! What did you buy?

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  12. I chuckled a bit at those potatoes being so central to the event... And what exactly even is that greenhouse installation? It really looks bare and random.

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    1. It was an interesting thing, a bit random but perhaps that hall just needed a few more garden displays to accompany it. Thought provoking nevertheless...

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  13. This looks well attended. You are going to be harder to please with plant selection as you've had so much of what they offer already, either still in your gardens or had there and didn't like. It gets so much harder to find something once we've been gardeners for a long time.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. True Cher, but thank goodness for those plant collectors and breeders who continue to bring in new plants :)

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  14. Oh my goodness, the displays by Crug Farms and Trewidden took my breath away! Those Ericas, wow!

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