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A Rather Muddy Day Out.


Today I went with my friend to the Amateur Gardening Magazine Show at the Bath & West Showground in Somerset. We were very lucky with the weather as it only rained on the way there! There were a lot of people with the same idea, as the Friday and Saturday had been so wet – we were told that hardly anybody had braved the dire conditions on those days. We had a great time and saw some wonderful displays from the many Nurseries there. Medals are awarded for the best displays and of course Dibley’s won a gold for their Streptocarpus display.

This is one of the Nursery stands – plants so beautifully displayed.

Each Nursery had a stand with a display and a stall with plants to buy. This stand interested me as it was all Cottage Garden plants.

We saw Show Gardens too and I really liked this Prairie Planted one – also a gold medal winner.

We walked VERY slowly through the plant stalls on the main Avenue, finding some gems to buy – and some horrors to avoid! Who is going to buy a luridly dyed pot of Heather when you can buy a beautiful natural one?

I had a little list of plants that I wanted to find and one, of course, was a pink Lavandula stoechas to replace the one in my garden that is getting old and woody. I was partially successful on this quest – I did find a pot of pink Lavender, but it isn’t the same variety. I bought it even so, as it is, at least, a pink Lavender! I can’t argue with that!

Did I stick to my list? no, of course not! I did get most of what was on there: Sweet pea seeds – I bought more seeds though because they were a bargain at £1.00 per packet! I didn’t find a white Francoa, but I did find a Nursery that stocks them. I found both the hardy Geraniums I wanted – another G. ‘Rozanne’ and a G.‘Jolly Bee’. There’s some controversy as to whether these two are the same Geranium with different names, so I was told. I really don’t mind if they are – I can plant them in different areas of the garden! Same or different, they are just as beautiful!
Oh, and I fell for a Eupatorium ligustrinum, a Verbena ‘La France’ and a Nandina domestica.

Everywhere was a sea of mud – but we had a great time and arrived back loaded with plants and with muddy shoes and clothes. We’ve already decided that we’re going again next year.

I saw one of the columnists of the Amateur Gardening Magazine, and thanked her for telling their readers about GOY – she was very interested and wrote it down for a future article – so readers, watch that space….after all, if I hadn’t seen GOY’s mention in the magazine last year, I wouldn’t be writing this blog!

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Sound like you had a great day out Spritz I did wonder if you would have stuck to that list lol

7 Sep, 2008


Wow, sounds like you had a brilliantly successful day. No rain and found lots of plants you wanted!! I think the cottage garden stand would have been my favourite too! Why do they dye heathers like that?

7 Sep, 2008


No idea, Joannie. I hate them! They just look ugly to me. I also wonder what happens when the Heather grows!they must start looking very odd.

7 Sep, 2008


I never keep to my lists either Spritzhenry, especially in a fuchsia nursery. I'm glad you had a good day and bought lots of plants !
All the best, Hywel.

8 Sep, 2008


a good day out by the sounds of it Spritz,, as for the dyed heather ,,, well my daughter bought three of them last yr lol, glad to say the dye is off them all now and they are back to their natural colours. the dye just fades as the heather grows.

8 Sep, 2008


Glad you got a Nandina its a great plant and seems to do something each season.Agree with you re - those dyed heathers think those ladies who have purple rinses must buy them. Please dont tell me Ive now upset half the female members of this site ! If you ve had a purple rinse Im sure it looks very nice.

8 Sep, 2008


Sounds like you had a great time. I read about these shows in mags such as AG which I have sent over to Hungary, but of course I can never go to these events. I'm very happy Spritz that I can read your account. Sorry it was so muddy.

9 Sep, 2008


Hi Spritz, sounds like you had a good day, I too first found out about GOY in the Amateur garden magazine, a great find!

10 Sep, 2008


Glad you had a good day Spritz.We have been there for other events and when its muddy its dreadful. We were thinking of you on the day.Our local florist shop had some dyed Heathers for sale the other day. They looked awful. The colours were so bizarre!

10 Sep, 2008


sounds like you had a great day out. glad you avoided the rain!!

12 Sep, 2008


So were we - but we both got muddy. Yes, it was a really good day.

12 Sep, 2008


Unfortunately I had to miss this one. Weather and two boys who enjoy gardening when it's not wet, voted against going. They went to Wembly for the charity football match and I stayed in the greenhouse.

Like you Spritz if it wasn't for the article I wouldn't be here either.

On the positive side I didn't spend anything.

14 Sep, 2008

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