After our trip around the Water Garden, we had the opportunity to visit the Longstock Nursery, home of two National Plant Collections (Buddleja and Clematis viticella) and the Hampshire Group May Plant Fair.
Although the season wasn’t right to see the Collections at their best, there was plenty to keep a bunch of Plant Heritage members happy.
We were told “There’s plenty of room in the luggage hold of the coach” and that was put to the test. Cherry and Michael Dodson from Staffordshire bought a Davidia involucrata as well as a couple of unusual Buddleia from the Collection.
Gillian wishes she’d got there first as Judith claims the prime specimen
The queue to pay
The luggage hold of the coach fills up
By now tummies were rumbling and we were taken to Longstock Village Hall for lunch. Masterminded by the local WI, we were served soup, sandwiches and of course tea and cakes. They were canny enough to realise that if they put out their fundraising plant stall, they might make some money; they are raising funds for postage to send jumpers, knitted by ladies in the village, to Africa. And of course we couldn’t resist.