The Cardiff RHS flower show has been going for over 10 years now. More often than not we are there.
It is an early spring this year. The blossom on the enormous cherry trees in Bute Park, where the show is held, is almost over and it is usually at it’s peak.
There is the odd daffodil at the show. We are after all in Wales. It is not just your run of the mill varieties mind you, but bunches of beautiful heritage types with their pretty and unusual faces beaming up at you from growers R & A Scamp.
I am armed with my trolly and looking for plants for my cutting garden. Woodland plants are very much in vogue and I spot a huge spirea. Unfortunately it is too big to fit in the trolly. Unperturbed, I spy Fritillaria Perscia on the Hart’s Nursery stand. This plant is all over Instagram at the moment with its spire of purple fairy hat flowers. That fits in nicely. Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow is another very tempting perennial.
There is always a chap there who sells pelargoniums. In an instant, I am transported back to my grandfather’s warm safe scented greenhouse where I stood in as a child. I have been after Attar of Roses for cutting ever since I saw it at Green and Gorgeous. “Candy Dancer”, another rose scented variety, together with peppermint lace, a fast growing variety with white flowers and nicely mint scented leaves are also added to my collection.
Hardy fuchsia Kat Jan from Roualeyn Fuchsias nursery in North Wales has made it home with its long arches of small red/aubergine flowers. I am very excited about adding that to the dahlia bouquets later in the year.
My grandfather would have loved the RHS flower show in Cardiff.
It is spring so naturally, there was a fabulous display of tulips. The gorgeous burnt orange colour of Copper Image is a sure fire purchase for next year. I don’t normally go for white but you could make a stunning bridal bouquet using tulip Ice Wings alone. Cleveland and Amazing Grace are lovely blousy pink/purples, while Parrot Prince is so double it genuinely looks like a peony.
I am always looking for wispy trailing plants and I think I have found what I’m after at Floyds Climbers and Clematis who has promised he will send a list of his best varieties for cutting.
Finally, I spot my favourite Heuchera grower, Plantagogo. Based in Cheshire, owner Richard reliably informs me I need the cylindrica types for cutting, like Thomas. A trip to their wonderful nursery on their open days is worth it for the cake alone.
If you’ve never been to the Cardiff show, come and spend a few minutes with me on fierceTV for a Cardiff RHS flower show visit.
Spring heralds the start of the growing season. Wild garden style floral design at this time of year is all about coming out of the dark into blossom-filled light. There is suddenly colour in the garden. Branches burst with life and fresh growth is everywhere. Bulbs and corms epitomise the season, with scented narcissi, blousy tulips, hellebores and ranunculus with their layers of pretty petals, all shouting spring.
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