Money is tight this year (as it is for most people), but I missed the plant fair at Tavistock a few weeks ago and haven't bought anything else so I thought I would take £25 with me. I like the challenge of working to a tight budget, leaving my cheque book at home. Providing I find one exciting plant at a plant fair I'm not disappointed, and I'm certainly not compelled to spend unnecessarily. This year's plant fair certainly gave me plenty to choose from, and I came home with a small amount of change in my pocket!
|Not a bad little load...|
|Epimedium 'Winter's End'|
|Epimedium wushanense seedling|
|Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'|
|Impatiens omeiana 'Pink Nerves'|
|Impatiens omeiana 'Pink Nerves' on the showbench|
|Hosta 'Thumb Nail'|
|Kalmia polifolia bought in bud!|
Not pictured is the huge slice of jam sponge and the fantastic homemade biscuits which I devoured without recording for posterity!
The sad thing about these shows and their plant fairs is just how precarious some plants are in cultivation. It is fairly easy to find plants that are not in the RHS Plantfinder, and to find out that one person propagates and sells one or two bits of these plants a year; if that person gives up growing for whatever reason then that plant drops out of cultivation. On the one hand this is the cycle of things- Van Gogh's painting weren't appreciated until after his death, and maybe some plants will only be truly appreciated in books and pictures after they have become extinct.