My wife and I did our annual visit to the Taunton Flower Show yesterday. For two days at the beginning of August Vivary Park is taken over by stalls and marquees selling all manner of plants, tools, metal, wooden and glass sculptures and ornaments, ride-on-mowers, sheds, food and drink, garden furniture and hats. A marquee houses all manner of prize winning vegetables, flowers, cakes and strange crafty themed creations (we rarely agree with the judges and I mutter about the epic cake wastage). And marching bands, death defying bike acrobatics, falcons and sheep herding dogs entertain everyone in the Arena.
Visiting the Flower Show is always rather dangerous as it coincides with pay day and inevitably the odd plant or garden related item is acquired. By weird coincidence we came back with six purchases this time… though alas not the sempervium encrusted K-9. It wasn’t for sale.
1. First up is Aster frikartii ‘Jungfrau’. I’ve been intending to get an Aster for years now but for some reason just never got round to it. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.
2. Next up is Agastache ‘Blackadder’, Blackaaaader, de dum de dum de duuum. While we were walking around the ‘Plant Village’ I kept an eye on which plants were popular with bees and hover flies. This one was covered with bumble bees. The leaves are supposed to have an aniseed scent though I’ve struggled to detect it. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.
3. This rather lovely Allium ‘Millenium’ was a big hit with the local wildlife as soon as we got home. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.
4. My wife spotted this one. It’s an alpine, Lewisia cotyledon Sunset. I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.
5. Now this plant seemed really popular with the honey bees. It’s Verbena hastata rosea. I’d never heard of it before and it’s very different to Verbena bonariensis form-wise with mini spires of beautiful pale pink flowers. What was that? No, I don’t know where it’s going to go but I’m sure there’s space somewhere.
6. And finally… Though I spend a lot of time cursing snails in the garden there is something oddly appealing about the way they look. I spotted this in the craft tent and decided it would be the perfect addition to the garden. What’s more I know exactly where it’s going to go!
And they were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.