The shows go on

From RHS Cardiff in April through to Journees Des Plantes De Courson in October, via Chelsea, NEC Gardeners Live, RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park, 2 Malverns, 2 Harrogates, 2 Harlow Carrs, Ayr, Shrewsbury, Sandringham, Southport, Gardening Scotland, and a few others along the way, this is the summer schedule for many nursery owners including Steve Hickman of Hoyland Plants.  Today is the first day of the RHS Wisley Flower show which runs until Sunday 11th and knowing that Steve would be there along with seven other National Collection Holders, my first stop was to buy an Agapathus ‘Radiant Star’ which Steve didn’t have when I saw him at Tatton.

Agapanthus 'Radiant Star'

Hartcanna had their display in full flower including this delicate Canna patens.

 Another cool and calming display from Micklefield Hostas.

After long discussion at the Plantagogo stand I found that most of the dark Heuchera will tolerate sunshine, so at last an opportunity to try out these brilliant leaf colours.

The Thunbergia  were looking particularly stunning on the Tynings Climbers stand along with their other National Collection of Passiflora.

Thunbergia 'African Sunset'

Lockyers (Auricula), Tale Valley (Rhodohypoxis) and The Botanic Nursery (Digitalis) were also exhibiting but it’s the wrong season for their National Collections.  I fell for a miniature Nerine  from Tale Valley.

Nerine masoniorum

There are many other nurseries exhibiting and displays from NAFAS in the Glasshouse.  The show runs till 11th September, 9-6 each day except Sunday when it closes at 5.

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