Hampton Hobnobs

012Went to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Tuesday and bumped into Sally Green and Michelle Stacey from BBC 2’s The Big Allotment Challenge. They were lovely and chatted to us for ages in the Floral Marquee. Despite their glamorous looks and Michelle’s unusual taste for vintage clothes, they assured us they are real gardeners and did all the work themselves. 016

Then I met the lovely Carol Klein again. She was just getting ready to do ‘a piece to camera’ as they say but was more than happy to speak to her loyal fans (like me!)003

In the Rose Garden we met these two characters which was a bit of a surprise!002

And then, as we walked towards the Palace…….the ghost of Anne Boleyn perhaps?027

The Under-Gardener and friend Linney take shelter. Amazing what a glass of Pimms can do to brighten one’s spirits in the rain!


It has been a busy few weeks out and about. Our society Spring Show  on 6 April was a great success and we were delighted to welcome Lady Carolyn Elwes from nearby Colesbourne Park to present the prizes.

Our President David Richards with Lady Carolyn Elwes

Our President David Richards with Lady Carolyn Elwes

Famous for her wonderful snowdrops including Galanthus ‘Elwesii’, Lady Carolyn was charming and interested in all the exhibits. She kept nipping back to her car with plants she had bought on the way round the hall!096

Last week it was off to Syon Park in London for the ‘Gardening Against the Odds’ Awards because I had nominated my friend and our society’s Vice President, Chris Evans, in recognition of the wonderful work he does at his nursery where he created the Butterfly Garden eleven years ago to use horticulture and recycling skills to enrich the lives of  disadvantaged young people. The award was presented by the very charming and attractive Duchess of Northumberland, famous for the wonderful garden she has created at Alnwick Castle.

Next week I have been invited to a ceremony at Dundry Nurseries in Cheltenham when Chris Evans will also be presented with the British Empire Medal by Dame Janet Trotter, the Queen’s representative in Gloucestershire. Chris is a modest man and is rather overwhelmed by all the attention but it is well deserved.

It’s all go! I don’t have enough time for gardening. Actually, that’s not true…I have lots of time and it’s coming along nicely. Just look at these Ballerina tulips.Tulip 'Ballerina'