I seem to have an innate ability to find things that I can’t have and this has been the theme of the Malvern show for me this year. In the past I have accepted that plants weren’t available to buy since I had assumed that the nursery had sold out on the first day. However, this year despite going to the show on the first day I still have been thwarted in my desires for the unusual.
What caught my eye? Well I particularly liked the Pyrrosia sheareri above which was on the Fernatix stand. They only had the one on the display but did suggest I may want to head off to a certain nursery in Caernarfon where I might just be able to find one!
Then there was the Magnolia laevifolia ‘Mini Mouse’ on the Hardy Plant Society stand which had me completely hooked. The nice guy on the stand even got the RHS Plantfinder out for me, again only one nursery may have it but this time I will have to go to Kent!!
Other plants whose names have appeared in my notebook for me to long for are: Halesia monticola f. rosea (Snowdrop Tree), Primula tangutica, Rheum palmatum ‘Saville’, Podophyllum emodi, Disporium canonieense ‘Night Heron’ and Hosta ‘One Man’s Treasure’ (below)
I liked the dark stems on this Hosta and think it would look good with the Iris Robusta I succumbed to yesterday when I was taking our overseas visitors around some Herefordshire gardens – at least I could buy the Iris.
Before you feel sorry for me (which you probably don’t) I would say that I manage to buy quite a few other plants, some of which I tried to buy last year – Primula sieboldii ‘Snowflakes’, Impatiens Omeriana, Iris ‘Lady in Red’ and Iris ‘Sweet Kate’ being amongst them.
So it looks like I may be spending some time over the coming months pouring over the RHS Plantfinder and searching the internet for new treasures but for me that’s one of the joys of gardening.