|I could have sat for hours within this peaceful meadow garden, oblivious of all that was going on around me|
Here, at Tatton, we are a world away from our normal forays into show territory. Spacious, and set within open parkland, even the show gardens have a different feel about them. Less emphasis on vegetables, and maybe – because of the set themes – a glimpse into the future.
Perhaps it is the sponsors of the gardens, but there seems to be a greater emphasis on supporting charities – all worthy causes, all portraying a message (sometimes somewhat hidden), but - mostly - the gardens do not feel like gardens, I do not feel comfortable looking at them. I begin to feel guilty, saying to myself that I really SHOULD like this one, because of what it is trying to convey. But it makes no difference, I either like something or I don’t. And maybe that is the way for all of us.
|I particularly loved this cottage garden display, with the backdrop setting the scene|
Of the three RHS Shows we have attended this year – Malvern, Hampton Court and Tatton, I cannot say which I most enjoyed .. the ambience and welcome afforded the press makes such a difference, when one is working. We’d have liked to do Harrogate, but the RHS would not cooperate; instead – no way would we miss it – Malvern Autumn beckons (Sept 24th and 25th) with its ‘splendid mix for food and garden lovers’. It will feel like coming home.
|Of the many nurseries displaying and selling plants, this was my favourite, just in the mix of plants and the way they had been displayed|
I will be posting some gardening books later in the week on my 'Book Lover's Blog' - do please visit; it's a mixture of this and that, all surrounding the printed word.