Just back from the BBC Good Food Show/Gardeners' World Live show at the NEC. My absolute admiration to those who are there for the full five days of the show - I was only there three days and was losing the will to live by 3pm today. Being surrounded by stands selling burgers/bacon baps/buffalo steaks, I've spent the past three days smelling like a barbecue - oh, to have been stood in the floral marquee, to be gradually infused with the scent of sweet peas instead.
Key memories of the show:
1. Flotillas of ladies pulling lilac or pink plastic trucks. They lethally drag them behind them as they walk, occasionally performing emergency stops, so that you fall over them. That's when they're not ramming them into your shins. I expect I have some lovely bruises as a memento.
2. Spending three days in a small cube in which you couldn't swing a midget gerbil, never mind a small cat.
3. Must-have plants (judging by the contents of the pink/lilac trucks): fuchsias (the piece on Gardeners' World did its job), roses (hybrid teas and miniatures seemed more popular than English roses), Primula vialli (very popular), alliums and Clematis (as always).
This is the first time I've visited GW Live, and I have to admit that I prefer Malvern (although admittedly I wasn't working at Malvern, just visiting). GW Live seems a little, well, soulless. The floral marquee is good but there are a lot of stalls in the big sheds which don't have natural light, and quite possibly have their own weather systems as they're so huge.
I took some photos but I'm too tired to download them tonight so I'll post a few over the next few days.
I may have bought a few plants ;-)