Crug Farm Plant Fair or “I’ve got one of those”

I have spent a lovely couple of days in North Wales staying with Karen (ArtistsGarden).  Although we don’t need an excuse to meet up it was rather convenient that there was a Plant Fair at Crug Farm on Saturday which just happens to be about an hour from Karen’s  – so rude not to go really.

We picked up a couple of like-minded souls: Karen’s sister-in-law Jane and Kate (Beangenie) and set off.  Of course being organised and practical people we took two cars in order to ensure that we had sufficient boot space for our purchases.  Especially important as I have no self-control when at these events and also because we were visiting a very good garden centre on the way home and the others had lists of what they needed. We had a lovely drive across the Snowdonia National Park and arrived not that long after the fair opened.  Of course the first stop was for refreshments.

Finally we were unleashed in the plant buying area and within 5 minutes Jane had bought some very exotic looking carnivorous plant  with a wonderful elaborate yellow flower.  The buying didn’t stop for some time.  I don’t know how many stalls there were but at a guess I would say around 15; there were all sorts of plants from the obligatory tomato plants through a wealth of perennials to small trees. I  hadn’t realised I was doing it but I kept saying, “I’ve got that” which soon became a bit of a joke with my friends and was a welcome relief to being called a soft Southerner due to the many layers I had on.  It just  shows I have bought far too many plants from similar events and confirms my complete lack of self-discipline when it comes to plant buying.

Then we moved into the Crug Farm plant sales which although the plants were a bit more pricey than the other plant stands the plants available were large and unusual.

Having procrastinated a lot about  which gems we would  buy from Crug decisions were finally made,  lunch consumed and a wander round the garden undertaken.  You can see in the photo above our purchases waiting for transportation to the cars in wheelbarrows.  I suspect Sue (second from left) was pleased to see us go as we were jolly noisy  bunch.

As I know some will be wondering about our purchases this is what I bought:

Kirengeshoma Koreana
Potentilla rupestris
Geranium westray
Molopospernum peloponnesiaam (Crug)
Geranium plamatum (Crug)
Iris Lemon Ice
Japanese Angelica
Beesia  calthifolia (Crug)

As you can see the gardens are quite magical especially if like me you have a weakness for woodland plants.  The gardens clearly show that the whole concept of shade being difficult if just rubbish.

We left happy with our purchases  and headed off to the garden centre for afternoon tea.  If you are near Caernarfon I would recommend a visit to Crug Farm and if you are heading that way next May then do bear in mind next year’s plant fair which I believe is the first weekend in May or the open garden on the 2nd June 2012

 

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. It was a fabulous day out – the event, the plants and most especially the company!
    🙂
    Were we noisy? ….really?
    Jolly good thing we took two cars, I am still trying to decide where to put my purchases.
    I think you should list all the plants in your garden – from the amount of times you said “I’ve got one of those” I dont know how they all fit in.
    After you left we had a wonderfully hot sunny day, and you would have been able to take off one of your pairs of socks and a jumper or two
    K
    xxx

  2. Beesia calthifolia is a fab plant. Potted up a few seedlings from ours this afternoon. Geranium palmatum also gorgeous but I’ve given up trying to keep it over winter outdoors. Quite easy from seed as an insurance policy.

  3. Christina says:

    Sounds like a really fun day out. Enjoy, is what I say. Christina

  4. Dobby says:

    It was a great day out. Thank you to all three of you for making it such a fun & educational day. I have spent almost the whole day planning, plotting and placing my plants in their new home. At the rate I have been buying plants the last 2 years, it will be me saying ‘I’ve got one of those’ very soon!!
    Were we really that noisy? I have the date for next year in my diary.

  5. Sandra Jonas says:

    Crug farm is a truly magical place with an incredible view! Spent a wonderful afternoon there a few years ago, on a garden tour.
    They did carry some very well grown & unusual plants.

  6. My “I’ve got that” moments normally occur when my husband sees some wonderful plant he covets and I go a) “we’ve got that already” or b) “I’ve just bought seeds for that”…

  7. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne from NZ – I thought you showed real restraint!!! I was soooo lucky on my last visit to England (I was staying in Brugge with my daughter at the time) I saw lovely Kent gardens (including Sissinghurst) and the BLUEBELLS were out. Such luck! As you know we only have planted garden ones here, so a joy to see in their natural habitat!

  8. elizabethm says:

    I wish I could have been there! Sounds fab. I was looking after small dog and larger grandson and making endless meals which was fun but a bit plant free!

  9. kate says:

    Well, I don’t think we were that noisy, really – I’m sure we can do much better if we really try. Seriously, a lovely day out, some wonderful plants, and even a steam train for you to wave at… two steam trains, in fact!

  10. Anna says:

    Sounds the best of ways to spend a day with lovely folk in a plant haven. You lot – noisy? 🙂 Off to ‘google’ beesia which I’ve not heard off before.

  11. Anna says:

    Have ‘googled’ – going on the wish list!

  12. Ronnie@hurtledto60 says:

    What a lovely time you had and a great way to meet up with Twitter friends.

  13. Mark and Gaz says:

    Sounds like you had a great day, Crug have some fantastic plants and I agree Beesia is lovely. Although we have a number of plants from Crug in our garden we have never managed to visit in person, instead we have had to make do with seeing them at shows and mail order.

  14. hillwards says:

    Sound like a lovely weekend, and you’ve come home with lots of interesting plants too! Perfect.

  15. What an exciting list of plants. Crug (in my humble opinion) are one of the most interesting nurseries around with a great choice of unusual plants. I was disappointed that they didn’t make it to Gardening Scotland this year.

  16. Plant Stands says:

    Thanks for the lovely photos…it’s so nice to see a different part of the world.

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