You know when you realise you are having a really good day? It seems a rare feeling these days, but suddenly after making rather extravagant purchase (more of which later) I found myself in a happy place.RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival gets all the weather, and this was a good weather day. There did not seem as many show gardens as in pre-pandemic years, but there was quality. The above garden is 'Connections' designed by Ryan McMahon for Alzheimer's Research UK. The planting was superb and I loved the large structures, they gave such a good contrast to the planting.
Forest Whitby Arch which I have in my garden and is one of mine and Esme's favourite things. Esme climbs it, I do not.Instagram but not a photo for the blog (sigh). I did spend a happy five minutes on the stand playing with their interactive website where you can plot your lawn using an online map so that they can recommend the Miimo that most suits your needs. I did take a photo of their hedgetrimmers though; whom I reviewed last year and so I know to be exceptionally good.
There is so much to see at the show, I cannot show you all of it. This show is so big I seem to always miss things and wonder how I did not find them; it is very possible I missed things this year too. But I enjoyed it hugely nonetheless.
Dibleys Nurseries was high on my 'get me in front of that stand' list. I bought Begonias: 'Sea Urchin', Listada, Sizemoreae and carolineifolia from them.
I then got entranced by the Paradise Plants stall. I bought an Iochroma australis, Diosma and a Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy'.
I also bought these three 4ft tall plant stakes from the Gap Garden Products stand. Aren't they wonderful - they were £15 for the three, £15!!! It was a miracle I did not come away with more but I did make another purchase from this stand that is going to be delivered. I shall put on an air of mystery at this point and you shall have to wait to find out what. It was not hugely expensive, it just would not have fitted in the car.
To keep the air of mystery going, I also made another purchase, the extravagant one referred to earlier. This too would not fit in the car. It is something I have seen at shows for some time now and always wanted. I keep thinking 'next year I will commit' but next year comes and goes and still I have not purchased. This year I decided to stop thinking manjana and just go for it. You will have to wait and see for that one too.....
....no it wasn't the stag, but I did decide it was time to get in the car and drive away before I bought anything more!
I had the best of days at the show. Even the motorway was kind to me on the way home so that I got home in time to pot on my plants and just chill for a bit. Good days are made like this.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is open 4th - 9th July 2022