Happily the memories of my Mum are fading away from the miserable hours spent sitting beside hospital beds, into the good ones, like the day, at another sunny Cardiff show, when we had two ice-creams for lunch. That's two each. I can still see her grin, and her emphatic nod, when we'd both finished the first one and I asked her if she wanted another. She loved ice-cream. And no, I didn't have one, this year, as my jeans are getting snug. I bought another plant instead.
The flowers were lovely, the gardens had the theme of myths and legends, which brought out some interesting ideas, and there seemed to be an even better selection of craft stalls this year. The lady selling sun hats was doing a great trade. I was looking for a chance to sit down - that's one of my only complaints, the RHS shows are not over provided with places to sit - so I wandered into the part of the marquee where a talk was taking place, and found myself listening to a fascinating half hour on the National Garden of Wales and it's Regency heritage. And now I know what the connection is between the garden and pirates, nutmeg and the television series, Taboo. And I have another location to put on my 'places I must visit' list.
I took pictures, so now I'm presenting my gallery of the show.
Enjoy. I did.
|The tulips were especially good this year|
|I couldn't resist snapping this - a reminder of the|
Choc-lit cartoon tour bus
|I loved the colour of these.|
|One way to fill a bicycle basket.|
|Yes, this was a garden. A representation of standing stones.|
And it won a medal.
|A more conventional display garden|
|Can you see the metal owl?|
I took this one because I was thinking of Jane Lovering and of the owl in her latest book
Have you met Skrillex yet?
|This was another medal winner - a depiction of the story of Blodeuwedd |
who was made of flowers and got turned into an owl.
|As this was Wales, and the theme was legends, |
there were a few dragons about.
|More lovely colours|
|I bought a bulb to grow these, but mine will be pink, I hope. if the slugs don't get them first. |
And I can't remember what they are called!
|The garden of my dreams is going to have an olive tree in it.|
As it will also be in the South of France, I think it's going to stay a dream
|This display said everything about spring to me.|
|Can you read the label? I loved this. |
And the cacti were good too.
My grandfather used to grow cacti. As a kid, I was not very impressed.
|lipstick pink peonies.|
|This is more like my real garden, but tidier. |
And not so many slugs.
|The food crops on this stand in the marquee were spectacular.|
|Hosta - I love the cool green|
|I have all the ingredients to create one of these. Now I need the time!|