Postcard From Wisley
I had a great day at the RHS Wisley Flower Show yesterday and found this fab woven sculpture on the way to the orchard where 9 apple varieties awaited us for a taste test (and invited 'scrumping'). I discovered the apple harvest is around 2 weeks early this year: another sign of the early autumn I wrote about recently.
As well as the gardens themselves (the borders were looking fantastic and the new rose garden doesn't look like it's in its first year at all) there's around 30 nurseries displaying their wares until Sunday. I was pleased Sean and Jooles from Heucheraholics were awarded best display (and they were thrilled), even though they were invited to attend just a couple of days before the show started.
For once I bought some plants: an unusual Lespedeza thunbergii ready for a competitive planting to compare with the one Ms. Arabella Sock bought (I've sat in the Sockmobile - get me!), plus a Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' ready for evaluation as a possible replacement for my front lawn. I had quite a few to choose from, but after some discussion with the nurseryman, I believe this cultivar might work better with the spring bulb interplanting I'm thinking of.
My absolute highlight of the day was a guided tour around the trials field to find out how the Award of Garden Merit works, but that deserves a post all to itself :)
Update: Forgot to mention that visitors to the trials field this weekend can vote on their favourite Dahlia being trialled :)