after a couple of years rest, I made it to the flower show -always incredibly busy when you first go in, and especially hot waiting in the queue, but much more comfortable and less crowded as the early evening draws in. if you have been before, buying the 5.30 ticket is not a bad choice, though it does mean that you don’t have time for that lazy cup of tea or glass of pimms and a sit around – my choice of doing this would be in the artisan section, which is always less busy and shady.
i always get garden envy – wondering why my tiny little plot is not as neat or bursting with flowers as these are; but then I tell myself that these are show gardens intended to entice you. so much inspiration – from sheds, to pots, to meadows and flowers – there was definitely a more wild flowers meadow feel with beautiful rich tones of burnt orange and rust, delicate tones of eau de nil and creamy taupe, lots of herbs and vegetables, and a much more overgrown look than usual. I never like the over designed touches of steel curves, water features, dominating sculptures and heavy stone, but still its always an inspiring day, but the best thing are the lovely pretty dresses that get worn, such a selection and so nice to see that people take the effort to dress up for the day. the flower show is definitely a good place to go people watching, such a diverse group of people all with the interest of flowers and gardens in common.