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Several months ago Owdboggy mentioned this event and I immediately booked my B&B, texted my daughter and played merry hell. Now some of you know she is at Newport Uni in her 3rd year, what many of you wont know is that the first 2 yrs she lived in halls at Caerleon. I always went down at school half term and she had never thought to mention this annual event even though it has coincided with my visits. Honestly family!

All is forgiven though after a wonderful day on Saturday. As for the journey down least said……….

The organisers had received several cancellations so not as many plant stalls but I still had a good rummage and purchases.

Get to the plants I hear you muttering. Well here goes.


A gorgeous colchicum just a superb colour in my view.

Another beautiful Fritillaria but didn’t write down its full name .

Iris Pauline, slightly out of focus sorry.

There were lots of delicate Primula and sturdy Corydalis but camera battery went flat so that was all.

Now what did I buy?
Iris ‘Frank Elder’

Corydalis ‘Blue Heron’

Corydalis tauricola

Iris unguicularis ‘Pelopenesia Snow’

Epimedium Arctic Wings

That was my Saturday and the sun shone in between the torrential rain. Hope you enjoyed my trip to Caerleon.

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Way to travel, Seaburngirl, but I am delighted that you enjoyed it. The plants down south are much further on than ours - we don't have a Frit above the soil yet!

17 Feb, 2014

 

Beautiful plants there. Love the 3rd pic down and the Colchicum. Did well with your purchases too, glad you enjoyed it.

17 Feb, 2014

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Sbg-I'm probably preaching to the converted,but there are more photos on the AGS website.You've shown some different ones though.

17 Feb, 2014

 

Oh WOW! Aren't they all gorgeous? How on earth did they get a corydalis to flower in February I wonder.

17 Feb, 2014

 

I suspect they were grown in an alpine houses or heated greenhouse. They will have to stay in the greenhouse for a while yet. they'll get the greenhouse hockey cokey when pleasant weather forecast. Noticed C. Beth Evans is nosing her way up :o).

17 Feb, 2014

 

Excellent blog, Seaburn.
The Pel Snow & the Frank Elder are fabulous.

17 Feb, 2014

 

Glad to read you had a good day out. Our day at Dunblane was good too.
You bagged some beauties. A pink Corydalis was on my list but sadly none too be had.
Frank Elder is very striking as is the Epimedium. You chose well :)

17 Feb, 2014

 

I will keep my eye out for you Scottish. we have a market stall that often has Beth Evans and George baker for sale. If you are after either of them let me know.

17 Feb, 2014

 

Love your new Iris! Mine are only the 'common' ones. That's very special. :-D) 'Frank' looks a bit like Katharine Hodgkin - is he a relative?

18 Feb, 2014

 

yes they are related and to Shelia Anne Germany, they vary according to amount of green /yellow they seem to have.

18 Feb, 2014

 

Lovely photos Sbg.Loved your selection of "buys".I like the Epimenium Artic Wings.We have quite a lot shady areas,so I bought two of these last year, but not this one,love the colours of it.Will certainly make a not of this one!

18 Feb, 2014

 

You did have a good day out. I love that colchicum. You did well on your choice of plants too so you did not miss the trade stands who did not make it. Thank you for sharing with us.

18 Feb, 2014

 

Your Frit is F. striata, Sbg; I got this from the AGS web site. There are Corydalis that flower at this time, we have a small bulbous one out in the garden now and the others will follow quite quickly. 'Blue Heron' could well have been brought on under glass and should be protected for the rest of this winter.

18 Feb, 2014

 

Very nice and daughter forgiven as well sounds like a good weekend.......Thanks for sharing Seaburn.....

18 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks for the offer SBG - my local and favourite nursery has a couple in stock - any excuse for a trip to Binnys ;)
I'm just trawling through my pics from our day out in Dunblane for a blog. As usual took far too many pictures!!

18 Feb, 2014

 

When you post your blog, Scottish, you might like to mention that Beechgrove garden expect to air their film of the event on 4 April.

18 Feb, 2014

 

Aren't they beautiful? I love the colchicum.

18 Feb, 2014

 

Interesting. I'm glad you were able to go.

18 Feb, 2014

 

I even picked up membership form for the AGS :o)
yes I had a wonderful day and the plants I bought are being cosseted at night at the moment as I suspect they wont like the cold up here.

18 Feb, 2014

 

Will do Bulba.

18 Feb, 2014

 

Glad you made it. Sadly the road between here and there (the only road) was flooded and closed. The alternative route was a lot longer, so we decided to stop at home.
These are the pictures I took last year.
http://s703.photobucket.com/user/Owdboggy/library/Caerleon%202013

21 Feb, 2014

 

yes I managed to get there though the traffic over the M4 & bridge was horrendous as they had shut the other bridge further up.

I had a lovely day.
I will look forward to looking at your pictures.

21 Feb, 2014

 

So near to us.Had no idea there was an annual show.....we live 15 mins away.Isn't Caerleon a quaint village....we have visited the Priory a few times.

21 Feb, 2014

 

I love Caerleon. The ancient history of the area is brilliant.

21 Feb, 2014

 

Any one visiting should take time to look at the sculptures in the cafe opposite the Roman fort. That is if they are still there.

21 Feb, 2014

 

Are they the wooded ones Owd? The bath house has had a lot of work done on it too. My youngest is studying Classics and found the museum really helpful.

22 Feb, 2014

 

Bulba please could you tell me which corydalis flower at this time of year (and where to get them?)

22 Feb, 2014

 

The earliest one to flower here is C. malkensis. Bought mine at an AGS show, but these have them
www.pitcairnalpines.co.uk

22 Feb, 2014

 

At the moment we have C. paczoski, malkensis and 'Beth Evans', all tuberous, in flower with C. 'George Baker' to follow shortly.
C. paczoski is from Russia (a bit stragley and not overexciting) and really doesn't like a wet dormancy so we grow it under glass, the others are in the garden.
I could add the fiberous rooted C. wilsonii to the list but this just flowers all year round! It is not terribly reliable in the garden, for us, and we grow it under glass as a show plant.

23 Feb, 2014

 

I have corydalis Kingfisher. pm BJs and ask him about it. I'm on limited time on this computer because mine has died. Kingfisher is lovely.

24 Feb, 2014

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