Sunday, 12 July 2009

Hampton Court Flower Show 2009 Part 2

One of the best things about the flower show is the Floral Marquee, where specialist growers set up displays to exhibit their latest varieties. What is interesting is that there is a nursery somewhere specialise in every sort of flower you could imagine, from fashionable plants like echinacea to old favourites like chrysanthemums.

I was particularly drawn by a display of lilies. The frangrance was so strong that it literally filled the whole marquee, and at each door, there was a strong current of warm, lily scented air coming out.

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There were colours I had never seen anywhere before, and I am determined to get some in the plot for next year.

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One of the great things about gardening is that your garden is never complete - you can always add something else, like a never finished work of art. If one year doesn't work out as well as you had hoped, you can always look forward to the next one.

I am already thinking that next year might be a cut flower year, where I try to cultivate enough flowers to keep the flat supplies with gorgeous flowers all year. Now there is a new challenge.


  1. Aren't they gorgeous! Such vibrant colours and the Kushi looks delicious, like raspberries and ice cream.
    I love the scent of lilies in the garden , but find them too heavy and indolence-inducing indoors.
    I'm picking sunflowers for my house at the moment - I've got about a square metre self seeded on the allotment, and think I may have sufficient for cut flowers for a few weeks. At any rate,I'm hoping they'll produce more flower heads as I cut. If not, the birds will miss out on the seeds over winter...

  2. I love lilies. I've only had my allotment since March this year, but one of the first things I did was to dig over a flower bed and plant some lilies. They haven't flowered yet, but I'm hoping to be able to cut them and bring them home for the house. I've got some of those Black Out.

  3. I know what you mean about lilies indoors. I like them, but I do know a lot of people find them too overpowering. The sheer power of the scent was shown by the fact that the whole huge flower marquee smelled of them. It was huge.

    Sunflowers are a lovely cut flower, if you can bear to crop them. They look so impressive indoors, I might try to do some next year in my 'cutting garden'.

    SO envious of your Blackout lilies - let me know how they get on.