Malvern~~ You might recall that attending the Malvern Spring Garden Show started out as an off the cuff comment to VP in the early days of Meet@Malvern and quickly morphed into Frances and I booking our flight while chatting on the phone...There was never a moment of doubt that this trip was going to be the best ever for two innocents like us! Packing was the funniest task~ Please picture me trying on clothing for an English spring in our 80 F weather. I was dressed in corduroy pants with sweat running down my face. In complete denial, I packed tissue tees and at the last minute grabbed a wool sweater and added it to the already over stuffed luggage! Volcanic ash (Can You Say 'Eyjafjallajokull'?) cooperated and before we knew it we were happy little sardines on our red eye flight to the UK.
London~What a wonderful city and thanks to Ralph, a dear friend of the Financier and Frances, we had a delightful overnight stay. Ralph is forever my hero...He gave us a tour of his neighborhood, took us for a walk at Hampstead Heath, provided wonderful accommodations and fed us a delicious dinner. He humored our need to shop and took us to a sweet store off a charming street where we indulged in our love of scarves!
One of us indulged way more then the other!
The next day we were speeding toward the Malvern Garden Show!
The countryside went by in a dirty window blur and we were still enchanted~Those rich yellow fields were every where and turned out to be Brassica napus with the unfortunate common name of rapeseed. Also, unfortunate~ this plant has become part of an international controversy over global patent protection of genetically modified crops. But, that's for another post!
London, gorgeous gardens, pretty countryside were all wonderful treats...But, the best treat of all was stepping off the train and into an adventure of friendship.
Here are the Two Innocents with Cleve, aka, he who smolders, hanging out at the Bloggers Meeting Point that was kindly provided by the Malvern Show organizers. Thank you Arabella Sock for the use of the photo.
Here's a Sorority group shot in our fantastic digs. Top Row from left~ Yolanda-Bliss, Frances-fairegarden and Ewa-Ewa In The Garden.
Bottom row from left, VP-Veg Plotting, Victoria-Victoria's Backyard and me. Missing is Helen-Patient Gardener.
More shots from the Lighthouse/Sorority House
Frances with Ewa
The show was really fun. It was cold and windy with occasional rain. I had been thinking all day and perhaps had even mentioned once or twice to Frances, how impressive the Malvern Show was. So when VP asked me what I thought of the whole experience...I enthused that Malvern was how a garden show ought to be. The Flower Marquee was incredibly impressive. Imagine a warehouse sized tent filled with nursery exhibits and thousands of plants for sale. Hidden behind were trucks filled to capacity for restocking.
Imagine award winning displays like this one~
from Hampshire Carnivorous Plants~I was in total awe!
Tempting plants like these geums~We sighed over them!
Lively entertainment from Three Men Who Went To Mow~We laughed with them!
Freebies for the bloggers from Wiggly Wigglers ~We are really appreciative.
Ideas, oh, so many creative and clever garden ideas have come home with me~
This is only the first course; there's more to come...Can you bear the excitement! I promise the gardens are sure to please.