It was a total joy to visit the Midsummer Garden Life Festival which was recently held at the Three Counties Showgroun in Malvern. I was lucky to have been granted press entry for which I am always grateful.
It was such a treat. So many great stalls. I may have bee-lined for ice cream when I arrived, it was very good ice-cream too. I plumped for a scoop of honeycomb and a scoop of caramel chocolate brownie. Yum!
I admired the basket stalls and thought it isti me I went on a proper picnic again soon. I love a good picnic basket and this stall had some really nice ones.
I wandered along the beach and listened to James Alexander Sinclair, Ann-Marie Powell and Joe Swift have a very entertaining conversation and Q&A session that was very informative.
Did I buy anything? Mais oui!
I could not resist these Hedychium tubers from Harts Nursery, Look at the size of them! I know we are told size does not matter, but this is proof to the contrary. They have some nice shoots emerging too. I have planted them up and I will let you know how they get on.
I also bought this pot of ladybird poppies from Hardys Cottage Garden Plants. Usually I would not buy a pot of annual poppies as a packet of seeds is cheaper; but I have tried to grow this poppy from seed several times and it does not want to grow for me. When I have had this issue like this with other plants I have bought a pot to plant in the garden and then I find they self-seed around happily. Well that is the theory, I will let you know.
I had such a lovely time at the show. As the day progressed more people came along which was nice. I really enjoyed my day and I would hope that it will continue even when the bigger shows return. It was a nice size, it had a nice feel to it and it made a very good day out.
My only regret was not seeing Tom Barnaby or his nephew John Barnaby there, one of them must have been the headline speaker surely.......
Stay safe and be kind.