As you may have guessed from the title I've been to this year's Flower Show at Southport. We travelled down on Friday and went along to the show on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Returned to Scotland and home to find the garden looking a bit bashed about from the wind and rain so spent much of today deadheading and removing the worst of the damage. Only once that was done was I able to go foraging for today's vase allowing me to participate in Cathy's meme, In A Vase On Monday.
I've put together a couple of collages of photos from the flower show that might be of interest to you ... click on the photos to see them enlarged. The first is from the cutting flower garden that has been developed by a local florist, Petal and Twig, together with members from the Flowers From The Farm, an organisation working to promote British flowers.
Carol's Garden, was giving a talk on flower arranging using the flowers we grow in our cutting patches. She reasons that with a little imagination and some ingenuity we can use 'what is in season and enjoy the variety this brings – no peonies at Christmas'. The lovely arrangements on display around the tent were the work of Jonathan Moseley - many of the flowers used came from the cutting garden outside.
Finally, I brought just two plants back ... very restrained of me!
Echinacea 'Tomato Soup' ... a hardy herbaceous perennial with the most unusual red cone flower and Hypericum 'Magical Red Flame', bought for the crimson red berries.
I could go on and show many more photographs but I think yet more restraint is called for. If you've read this far, many thanks. I wish you all a good week and happy gardening.