The RHS Spring Design and Plant show, always seems to clash with half term. - Last year, I took my son, - It cost me in bribery, but we had a good time, - you can read our last year's exploits here.
Today he was with a friend, so I had a couple of hours to schlep up to London on my own.
The first view in the design hall was this amazing painting by Susan Entwhistle.
I stood for ages admiring her pictures, until I reminded myself i've a cut flower farm to pay for.... The design hall had good displays from the main Design and Landscape organisations. - If you want to see a range of portfolio work, it's a great place to start.
The main plant hall was really crowded, which is great for the future of the shows, and had some amazing displays. One nursery (didn't write down the name, sorry) had used dried Lunaria seed heads as height for their displays of Snowdrops, and the first thing that caught my eye was an Acacia Baileyana in full bloom.
These were other high points for me.
With my cut flower hat on, I asked the ladies of the Nafas stand, but no, not all the flowers in their display were English, - somehting to work on for next year I think.
I loved the Mcbeans orchid display, - I remember a visit to Mcbeans when I worked at Wisley, and being fascinated by their displays and glasshouses. - If you want an english grown Orchid, then they have an open day happening this weekend on 23rd/24th Feb.
The show is on again tomorrow Wednesday, - if you're in London, it is free for RHS members, and well worth a visit even if you have to pay entrance. - Enjoy the first plants of spring.