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In search of spring

March 27, 2013

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I am writing about lavenders at the moment. For an August issue. It is hard to imagine that summer and lavenders will ever materialise whilst we are still ensconced in this interminable winter.

But yesterday I did find spring. It was blooming in the RHS halls at the Great London Plant Fair.

As always, the show was a veritable feast for the eyes.

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These mountain-dwelling, alpine irises aren’t afraid of a bit of cold. Iris histrioides ‘Frank Elder’.

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I just love the delicate silkiness of pulsatillas. So beautiful. If I had free-draining soil or a gravel garden these would be straight in. Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Blaue Glocke’.

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The scent coming off these daffodils really packed a punch!

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I always make sure I visit Sea Spring Seeds’ stand. This time Joy was displaying lots of cut-and-come-again salads. I bought a few varieties of seed. Salad and cut flowers is what I will be mostly growing in my raised beds this year.

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How can you not love a hellebore? This one was a rich, chocolate-coloured beauty. Almost black. Scrumptious. Helleborus ‘Burgundy’.

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A shock of pink. Bleeding heart. The genus has changed from Dicentra to Lamprocapnos. I always find it hard to dislodge the existing latin name of a plant in my head and replace it with new. Pretty sure I’ll continue to know this as Dicentra!

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Another beautiful hellebore. Pink and speckled. Helleborus x hybridus ‘Anemone Centred’.

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The furry flowers of Streptocarpus ‘Hope’

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Amazing leaf patterns of Begonia ‘Namur’

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2013 5:21 pm

    lovely post I did not even know about the fair

    • March 27, 2013 5:28 pm

      Thanks Linda. Are you on Twitter? It’s a good way of hearing about things that are on. There’s a large hort/gardening community on there. I sometimes tweet about events that are coming up (if I remember!).

  2. fabrice permalink
    March 27, 2013 9:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us your interesting comment and beautiful photos!

  3. Laura Bloomsbury permalink
    March 28, 2013 2:33 pm

    pulsatillas make my pulse race! great overview and was tempted to go but imagined it would be heaving with people

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