You know that moment when you realise you have been visiting somewhere for over five years and had not really thought it was that long? I think it goes hand in hand with thinking that police officers are getting younger and not being sure if your doctor is really old enough.
So, five years on from the first plant fair I visited at Swines Meadow Farm Nursery owned by my good friends Colin and Karan. The first time I visited their April plant fair it rained, hailed and blew a freezing gale. Today started with frost, it is clearly a cold weekend generally. I have bought many plants from Colin and Karan, direct from their nursery, at plant fairs elsewhere and from talks that they have given. I buy from them because their plants are good and reliable, they are well priced and, probably most important of all, they are nice people. Also, let us not forget, that it was through them that I got Bruce, my beautiful big ginger cat.
Great Dixter in their exotic garden and it looked fandabbydozy. Anyone would think that they knew a thing or two about planting! I can only dream about getting anywhere a fraction as good as what they achieve.
So, a fine haul and a chance to catch up with good friends. A fine way to spend a day.