September means new beginings for most of us, children back to school, holidays over and done with and a new season in the garden.
To get you back in your gardening stride after the summer break the Wisley Flower Show is on this week, packed with plants and garden accessories for sale.
It’s a the perfect place to visit if you want to see new varieties and get advice from people who really know their stuff.
The Show has been going for 23 years and is bigger than ever this year
- there are 50 nurseries [including 28 Chelsea Flower Show medal winners]
- 19 trade stands
- talks in the Expert Zone
- and you also get to look round the whole garden, which is looking splendid with lots of late summer colour and grasses.
One of the things I really like about the show, are the little garden lay-outs in front of the nursery stands showing plant combinations, so you get a good idea of what plants look good together.
I’m not sure if this Echinacea Chiquita is new, but I haven’t come across it before, it grows to 30cm/12in high and has flowers the colour of custard, and it’s on my plant-list.
Echinacea White Swan is an old favourite, much taller than Chiquita, growing to 70cm high.
Echinacea won’t grow in soils that are too wet or dry, and they love sun.
Brunnera Jack Frost is an old favourite, also on the list, the big, heart-shaped leaves are topped by tiny sky-blue flowers in spring.
It’s a modest plant that’ll cover the ground and look lovely with ferns and foxgloves, dappled shade and rich soil will suit it nicely.
This spectacular floral cake was made by Simon Lycett for the opening of the Show, it’s made up of carnations for the sponge, with a jam filling of red roses topped with white hydrangeas,
it’s on display outside the Glasshouse until Sunday when the Show ends.
I spent lots of time in the marquee housing the National Dahlia Society’s Annual Show, which was full of spectacular blooms and very helpful people, more of that in the next post.
A big thank you to Emma from the R.H.S. for showing me round.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson.