One of the things I look forward to with eager anticipation every year is the Malvern Spring Gardening Show. While it’s quite a journey for us to get there it’s well worth the long drive. It’s a snip compared with the price of tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show and it’s always a great day out in such beautiful surroundings.
One of the first things you see when you arrive are the plant stalls and it’s quite an overload for the senses. It’s difficult not to buy one of everything before you’ve barely arrived at the show.
There are rather a lot of the “Wellies & Wind chimes” types of stalls too, more than I really care for, but they all seemed to be doing a great trade so maybe I’m in the minority with that one.
The show gardens this year were great — I liked the emphasis on recycling/upcycling in some of them — there were great ideas like converting drinks bottles into plant hangers, or this cute little path made from the bottoms of water bottles.
The huge floral marquee stalls offered an amazing choice of beautiful plants from some specialist nurseries, in varieties that you just don’t seem to find anywhere else. And lots of the plants from the displays are on sale here too, if you can wait until 4pm on the Sunday.
For me personally, one of the most exciting things to see were the vast displays of auriculas. I have never dreamed of so many varieties — I may have brought one of these home with me, along with a packet of seeds which are now quietly chilling in the fridge before I plant them, to simulate the snowy Alpine conditions they would grow in.
Aren’t they beautiful?
We came home loaded with plants which are mostly now hiding from any late frosts in my greenhouse, waiting for the right time to be planted outside. Maybe another week or so before we risk it. The garden still looks a little bit bare, especially now the daffodils have died off, so I can’t wait to get a bit of colour out there.
I’m looking forward to next year’s show already, but think that maybe we should take a few days to explore the Malvern Hills while we’re visiting for the show. Make a little holiday of it in the lovely countryside rather than spending so many hours driving in one day. Yes, I’m looking forward to it already!