A taste of spring

Two winter months have passed, and the bulb season is now in full swing, with snowdrops and crocuses brightening up dark and rainy days. February marks the start of the RHS show season, with the London Plant and Design Show which was held last week. The Westminster Halls were oozing with spring colours, like on this display by Narcissus Collection Holders Broadleigh Gardens:

Broadleigh Gardens (Copier)

The London Group of Plant Heritage was not exhibiting (you will find them later in the year, at the Great London Plant Fair on April 1-2), but I met some of its members admiring the displays, such as these stunning Reticulata irises from Jacques Amand:

Jacques Amand Iris (Copier)

Eight National Collection Holders were exhibiting in the Horticultural Halls: Broadleigh GardensCrug Farm PlantsDibleys NurseriesFibrex NurseriesHoyland Plant CentreThe Botanic NurseryThe Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and W & S Lockyer.

Shows are always a good opportunity to discover interesting plants, here are a few of my (very personal) highlights:

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Congratulations to National Collection Holders for their awards (1 Gold Medal, 6 Silver-Gilt and 1 Silver), and see you all at the RHS Great London Plant Fair in April!