I am going to admit that when the Belvoir Flower and Garden Show was postponed from July to September because of the pandemic I shook my head and thought 'it's not going to happen'. I thought it was wishful thinking and doomed to be cancelled. Thankfully I could not have been more wrong.
Yes there was a queue. At first my heart sank a little but then I realised that this was to help control numbers in the show. So as people left they let more people enter; I am not going to grumble about that at all.Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants ' Anemone Frilly Knickers'. Nothing was going to happen until I had secured one. This achieved I then settled down to enjoy the rest of the show.
It was good to see so many people looking at these displays. They clearly attracted a lot of interest.Maggie Cooper. Maggie and I had a chat and I have to admit I did not know that there was a particular style of basket local to Castle Donington.
and here is Frilly Knickers planted into the Spring Border - which, as the border's name suggests, is great in the Spring but lacks oomph for the rest of the year. I am hoping that its part-shade/moist conditions are perfect for my new plant. She is still rather young so I am not expecting flowers this year, which is fine, I need her to put down roots. I am pleased to see that after only a few days in the ground she is already throwing up some new foliage. This is a good healthy plant.
I bumped into a couple of people who I knew whilst at the show (bumped into whilst socially distancing obvs). So it was a good day: I met up with friends, bought a good plant and learned things. Very importantly this show proved to me that we can still have events if care is taken and rules followed. This probably made me the most optimistic I have been in months. I am very keen for this show to grow and develop as it is local to where I live. Having a good show close by is a wonderful thing. Now I am looking forward to next year's show already.
Stay safe all and be kind.