I was really looking forward to the visit, I have been on the trial panel for Thompson and Morgan for a few years now, trialling their plants and seeds, both old favourites and new varieties, which is something I enjoy hugely. Going to see the living catalogue of only a fraction of their huge catalogue was something not to be missed.
Our main host for the day was Michael Perry, Thompson and Morgan's New Product Development Manager, who was looking very dapper on this fine summer's afternoon.
and admired Dianthus Tropic Butterfly, such a wonderful looking and smelling flower.
I stood in front of this Nepeta for a while and smiled at the name knowing well that my cats would not be able to leave this plant alone.
We were then taken to look at their compost trials as Thompson and Morgan have their own compost now for sale. This compost is not peat-free but they believe that it performs the best to help their plants perform to their best.
After a great day I wended my way home clutching my goodie bag. Actually it was less of a bag, more of a game of 'Double or Drop', as it was about 5 to 5 and a Friday afternoon it felt very apt to have this Crackerjack reference (for the youngsters who do not understand this, just google it).
As I was taking these photographs suddenly I had help, Esme wanted to choose the seeds she liked the best. I have to say cats are unreliable choosers of seeds so I will leave you with my top tip to plant for next year.
Yes, not a flower, yes this could be described as a salad leaf (those of you who know me do not faint at this point), we sampled some of this wasabi rocket and it really is rocket that tastes like wasabi. I am definitely going to be growing it.
Thank you to Michael and the team for such an enjoyable day. I can genuinely encourage people to visit the garden if you are down that way as it is interesting and inspiring.
oh and yes, of course I bought some sausages.