May has arrived which means time once again for the Malvern Spring flower show. So I jetted down to Birmingham to have a nice day out there with Mum, Dad and Mary. Any thoughts of a shorter day there because I’m pregnant were quickly forgotten as we eventually clocked up an impressive 9 hours there!
After a quick bacon butty in the sunshine we had a look around the show gardens where I found lots of nuggets of inspiration. Below are some of my favourites.
Next we headed for the floral marquee … the best bit for us. There are just so many nurseries there with such amazing displays and plants to see. We had many giggles on the way round especially with Mary on the hunt for “Orangeums” and buying plants with crazy names like “sputnik”! As ever I won the prize for spending the most money but it’s hard to resist when uncommon varieties of things are there in front of you. I think it was 5 heucheras, 2 hostas, 3 grasses, a fern, 3 lupins, 3 aquilegias and a stone owl! My most special buy though was a new variety of Pleione from Ian Butterfied called Strawberry Field. It has a lot of orange through it which is pretty cool.
Mum was pretty good with her spending until she realised that she hadn’t bought a single heuchera so then proceeded to buy about a dozen! I think she’s starting a national collection! Dad bless him was into all the specialist plant stands trying to sneakily buy rare bulbs … we saw you!
We left weary but happy and had a yummy Thai dinner later that night to refuel our reserves. Went on to have a very enjoyable weekend, getting to catch up with Omi, Gordon and Siggy and judging eurovision.