Hello, it’s nice to see you here, I wanted to share my visit to The R.H.S. Autumn Show in London last week with you.
I hate to miss this one, it always feels like a last hurrah, the final opportunity to visit a Garden Show, get some plant inspiration & a little garden related shopping too, before winter sets in.
It’s in a lovely location in central London, light floods into the Lawrence Hall with it’s vaulted ceilings & art deco features.
There was so much to see, these are some of my favourites.
Newchurch Nerines Nursery stand was a wonderfully, colourful sight, of the more tender type of Nerines that won’t survive winter here outside a greenhouse.
Nerine bowdenii is the bubble-gum pink variety you see flowering here at the moment, it’s happy outside all winter in well-drained soil, planted in the shelter of a warm wall, but these tender beauties are very glamorous, & sensitive to the cold.
There was a time when alpines seemed a little old-fashioned, & usually just seen in front garden rockeries, so the Darcy & Everest was a treat for their range of plants. They had nice ideas for displaying their plants. They sell plants by mail order, details below.
Although they may look delicate, all the plants in this little wooden crate are hardy, making it ideal to sit outside the kitchen door all winter.
Although it looks like a piece of sculpture, it’s a plant Scleranthus biflorus.
Pennards Plants is always a favourite stand, everything is beautifully displayed.
I bought some garlic for planting now & sweet pea seeds, which are already planted & sitting in the cold-frame. This will to get them off to a good start, to flower as early as possible next year.
Houseplants have always been popular with most of us, but they’re even more sought after at the moment. They’re good value for adding instant vitality to a room & there’s good evidence that they make the atmosphere more healthy, & greenery is always good for our psychological health.
There was a tremendous selection of shapely evergreen ones on the Forest stand.
Talking of houseplants, I’m doing 3 workshops (planting succulents, terrarium & making kokedama) over the next few weeks at the lovely & Hobbs shop in the picture-box perfect village of Shere in Surrey.
I’d love to see you there, just go to the Workshop tab on the Home page for more info., or message me via the contact page.
I was delighted to meet Fiona Hasey Bizony, of theElectric Daisy Flower Farm. I know her from Instagram, she was at the Show as artist in residence, creating the most beautiful mandalas & floral displays. Don’t ask me how, but I failed to take photos of them, however they’re beautifully displayed on her instagram feed.
Hop over & be impressed by Electric Daisy Flower Farm here, I highly recommend their Instagram feed for creative, joyeous pics.
all photos: Jill Anderson