Spent yesterday at Bishops Waltham Plant Fair - an annual plant fest in aid of St John's Ambulance. My fourth year as resident "Expert". Cold day - new venue and not a cheery start. But the mood soon lifted, despite the lack of sun as gardeners sought little potted treasures, caught up with friends and talked plants. I thought it might be rather a slow day with gardening questions - but quite the opposite. Questions came thick and fast and the enthusiasm soon raised temperatures and spirits. I found a rather nice Philadelphus 'Innocence', the one with the soft creamy suffused leaves. I've had one in the garden for a few years that came back from an early garden tour to Normandy. Its swamped by an over enthusiastic Lonicera 'Baggessen's Gold' so I'm please to have another.
Late yesterday afternoon the sun came out and the temperatures rose briefly - if only it could have stayed like that through Bank holiday Monday. This morning started well but now cold, dark and very damp - not condusvive to a day in the garden - Oh dear! Have been thinking about when to pick out trees with Ricky. As the big ones move onto site next Saturday we need to get on with that pretty soon. I am concerned about the quality of leaf canopy - In my garden things are slow. At The Plant Fair yesterday - in the grounds of Wintershill, Durley, a beautiful mature garden with azaleas, rhododendrons and pieris some things are in ull leaf, others barely showing signs of life.
Only a week to go - so time is running out - maybe this year it willl be a Winter Garden after all!