Our whole weekend, which was actually three days, was based on arriving at Great Dixter for one of their workshops on exotic planting. My friend is more exotic-planting orientated than I am (I do not regard the owner of one banana and some bamboo really as exotic planting in my own garden, but more of this later). I am, however, a lover of Great Dixter and also the chance to listen to Fergus Garrett talk about anything is something I would not miss. I think he could read the phone book and I would be interested, though I might ask him whether underplanting Smiths with the Smithers-Jones is a good autumnal mix. Anyhoo, we were going to Great Dixter and I was excited.
But Alison, I hear you cry, was there not plant buying?
We then wended our way home. We talked and talked and talked, overflowing with ideas from our weekend away. We now have long lists of must-buy plants. I came home and ordered three bananas and a baby tree fern (as you do) for now I have thoughts of what I want to do in my garden.
Episode one: Beth Chatto
Episode two: Ulting Wick
Episode three: Lullingstone Castle