I recently received May’s installment of the RHS’s The Garden magazine and it came with a flyer for RHS Tatton Flower Show. Which reminded me I never shared my photos from last year! I am hoping to go again this year if life doesn’t get in the way, because I really enjoyed it. It was the first time visiting a flower show, and I think it was just the right size. I might have felt overwhelmed had I gone to Chelsea or Malvern, so although Tatton was super busy, there was enough room for me to sit and relax while I ate my chocolate crêpe.
My first stop was the Flroal Marquee, where my interest in house plants was peaked. There were some great cacti displays, and the colours of the pitcher plants were mesmerising. In fact, seeing these photos reminded that I really want to grow my collection of house – which is practically non-existant at my time of typing, and I would quite like to add some carnivorous plants to the collection. A couple of years ago we had a Venus Fly Trap and she did earn her keep, killing the flies that dared come into our home. More on carnivorous plants in another blog post as I actually ordered last week, but can we just appreciate the intesity of the colours?!
A part from admiring the plants and daydeaming about the day I will one day have the time and money to spend my day gardening, I also enjoy having a look at craftmen and women who have travelled from the width and breadth of the country to showcase their talent. I especially enjoyed these sculptures, reminiscent of iconic childhood books such as Alice in Wonderland or Winnie the Pooh.
On the topic of childhood, there was a garden inspired (or perhaps inspired by) Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit. Dom and I visited Top Hill last summer (another post that is also on its way) and I simply fell in love with the place. I had been reading the book Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, by Marta McDowell, and it truly felt as though a morcel of Top Hill has been taken to Tatton Park.
The angle in the above photo was one of my favourites from the show. I love the gate, the rhubarb, the climbers, the letture and ferns at the bottom. I genuinly does feel like a cottage garden, where humans and wildlife cohabit successfully.
Looks like The Thale of Top Hill won a Gold Medal! This was the first prized garden I had ever seen, and I was not disappointed.
As I wandered around, I welcomed the inspiration other gardening enthusiasts had for their trade. I ask myself whether I would even have the knowledge, brain power and vision to create such gardens as the ones I am seeing today, and decide to come back to this question in a few years time, when I know more. The most likely answer is “no”, but if the past couple of years have taught me anything is that anything is possible.
Border Collie or badger?
I think blue in the garden is one of my favourite colours.
I especially like the colour blue combined with whites and muted yellows.
I did purchase some plants, of course. I found some herbs such as lemon balm, and I also found some soft perennials such as Gaura lindheimeri “Sparkle Whilte” and some Achillea millefolium “Terracotta”, which I found rather fitting. They were in flower and the blooms lasted a few weeks; I eventually cut all the foliage back in autumn and was half expecting to have to reuse the post for something else. I always do this, I always think my herbaceous perennials have died. But every spring they prove me wrong, and they are both putting on some strong growth already. Below are some alliums that helped me make some bee friends. Towards the end of my outing I decided to sit and read my book for half a hour, and bees came and went as they pleased, feeding on the nectar these appetising pompoms facilitated. All in all, a very enjoyable day. See you there next in 2017?