I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of interest expressed on what we bought from the recent RHS London Plant and Design Show. We enjoy looking at photos and reading about the plant haul of other plant lovers and vice versa for they give an idea on what's new and what's out there. Especially at this period where it's the tail end of winter and plant buying season is starting to get in gear again.
|The plant tag that brings joy to my heart, lol!!|
Anyway, before we go on to our plant haul, a few more musings about the event...
As previously mentioned this plant fair has become sort of a tradition for us as a reason to bravely drive down towards the centre of London so we can load up the car with plant goodies. Taking public transportation would put serious limitation on what we can bring home hence the leeway afforded by having a car was felt necessary (a good excuse!).
|The show was busy busy!|
But no traffic this time, the journey was almost bang on 45 minutes! For the first time in apparently seventeen (?) years they have moved the days of the show to Friday and Saturday instead of the usual Tuesday and Wednesday. It was also school break that week which we suspect was the main reason why the traffic was relatively light.
|Crug Farm Plants|
|Caths Garden Plants|
|Oreopanax xalapensis now available for sale from Crug Farm|
|and Schefflera delavayi|
|Look at all that space....|
|Potato Mosaic (or patio)|
|We forgot to pick this oddity up! Daviesia pectinata from Plantbase Nursery|
|Aloe striata and Aloe reitzii from Trewidden|
|And this beauty - Helleborus x orientalis 'Slate'|
|Our Crug Farm plant haul|
Now a little note about taking pictures: if the weather is good and conducive to taking photos, and you have the chance to then do so, don't procrastinate like I did! You never know what's going to happen the next day weatherwise especially in the UK. Saturday was gloriously sunny and dry but left it till Sunday to take these photos....
|Pachysandra axillaris 'Crug Cover'|
|Aspidistra aff. daibuensis 'Tidy Trim'|
|A selection of smaller plants from other nurseries like...|
|Hedera helix 'Midas Touch' - will be perfect to brighten up a very shady spot in our garden|
|Hedera helix 'Cecilia' - both from Fibrex Nurseries|
|I have very big expectations of this one - Euphorbia 'Roundway Titan'|
|Illicium aff. majus - the second one in our garden|
|Tetradium fraxinifolium - a new one for us but is the third Tetradium in our garden|
|It will be perfect for our middle patio, shrubby and growing only over a metre tall - Daphniphyllum macropudum var. humile|
|Another Illicium that has performed well in our garden through the past few years. So why not get another one? - Illicium simonsii - also notice the stick behind it??|
|That is the beautiful Aesculus wangii that is still dormant. To see it in leaf here's a photo we took from the garden of our friend Don who has a fabulous exotic garden Up North|