Thursday, May 13, 2010

Plant, plant, plant yourself dizzy...

Ahhh, the smell of soil, of plants, of marquee. The sight of hundereds of near perfect flowers. The Malvern Floral marquee was a delight to the senses. I can't imagine what pinnacle of perfection the Chelsea plant marquee must reach (a lot more crowded, I suppose), as Malvern is exciting enough.

By some coincidence, I had happened to have disposed of a few plants in the garden which weren't, I felt, pulling their weight. So I was on the lookout for a few replacements. Lots of plants caught my eye...

25th anniversary display by Grange Farm Nursery, a local nursery based in Guarlford. Wonderful wisterias.

Peony 'Yachiyo Tsubaki' - I think Patient Gardener bought this gorgeous peony. I bought two Peony 'Buckeye Belle', to keep the company of the one I bought last summer.

Not sure what this peony is, but it looked as though it was floating in a starry sky.

Sarracenia alata (Pale Pitcher) - so unusual

I did buy Epimedium x youngianum Niveum (above), as well as some Digitalis mertonensis, which were both on my shopping list. Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Summer Nights' also found its way home with me - I wanted to buy this when I was at Tatton Park Show in July last year, but it was sold out. As it's not in flower at the moment, people weren't in a rush to buy it at Malvern, so I got some :)

4 comments:

Nick said...

The Heliopsis is inclined to be a bit leggy - so Chelsea chop it with a vengeance!

patientgardener said...

I did indeed buy that Tree Peony just need to decide where to put it now - somewhere I can see it from the house maybe

HappyMouffetard said...

Thanks for the advice, Nick.

Helen - definitely - it deserves pride of place.

Northern Shade said...

That wisteria display with the coordinating blooms looks impressive. I especially like the Epimedium x youngianum Niveum. I've grown very fond of Epimedium over the last few years, and those white blooms have a wonderfully ethereal look.