The weather was good today and it seemed to be one of the busiest days of the show - not a good day to be at the garden on my own without my merry band of helpers!
The people looking at my garden were lovely. They were intested in the planting scheme, the colour combinations and the more unusual plants - especially the Salvia Vatican White and the tall, vivid pink Dianthus carthusianorum. The Salivia petals had become tinged pale purple over the course of the show and this led to a very interesting discussion about the variety, or the cause of the change which was not present on every plant despite the fact that they had all come from the same source. In the end I consulted a RHS expert who suggested that it was likely to be the wide fluctuation in day time and night time temperatures that was causing it, a symptom often seen on apple tree blossom.
The other big point of discussion was the ease with which my design could be copied at home without the need for expensive contractors. The jam jars in the walls, the coir rope edging, the timber swirls and the boulder water feature were all mentioned as accessible ideas for the general public to consider taking home - I really like that aspect about my design.
The sell-off of plants which started at 4.30pm was not much fun at all. With a tear in my eye I dug up the first plant, a Salvia Vatican White, and this seemed to unleash a hoarde of hungry customers all vying for the same plants! In the end I told the crowd off and insisted that they be patient and be nice to each other, otherwise I was not going to sell any plants to anyone. This seemed to still the crowd when two gardening angels waiting for plants offered to give me a helpful hand! They were absolutely brilliant and I am very grateful to them! The crowd settled down as we worked as a team to satisfy their plant-possessing wishes! We sold quite a lot of the plants and left enought to make a good garden at the Children's Centre back here in Biddulph - the garden will be moving home on 19th June to the Staffordshire Moorlands.
I was sad to see the end of the show and excited about the ideas already formulating in my head for another show garden...!