Somewhat unkindly the one day I could get to the Southport Flower Show was the day that had the worst forecast. I kept a check all week on how the day might be and it was not looking good. It was not dreadful as it was not going to be cold, but I did consider whether wellies might be needed at one point.last year it was now vey much on my 'must visit' list. I picked up my daughter on the way and we set off brollies and raincoats at the ready. We drove through quite a bit of rain but the further north we got the more it cleared up and we arrived at a greyish, but warm enough, pleasant Southport.
I do enjoy the gardens at the show. The colourful one above is from the Schools Design a Garden Competition: Winner Rosie Buckley St Peters C of E School Farnworth, Bolton. I love the use of colour and even on this grey day the bees were enjoying the sunflowers.
We spent some time at the arena. We saw part of a BMX display that involved a biker doing tricks whilst people threw balls at him. We also made sure we saw the Birds of Prey display as we had enjoyed it last year. It is a good mix of being interesting and educational. We also dropped in to see the Drag Queen Gardener, Daisy Desire doing a Q&A. It was good to see a mix of younger and older people in the audience, Daisy says she wants to promote gardening for all and certainly seems to be doing a good job at it.
and were purchases made?
We had a fabulous day. There was a sprinkle of rain when we were watching the birds of prey, but nothing serious. We felt we had escaped lightly.
Now I am looking forward to next year already which is going to be its centenery year: count me in!