The shopping opportunities at the Hampton Court Flower Show were amazing. I found a stand selling vintage ironmongery and gardening tools. The second fork on the left now belongs to me! More quality, strength and ergonomic handling-ness than anything you could buy nowadays - and at a fraction of the price.
And just so many garden statues and ornaments to choose from.
But back to the serious business.. the UK Horticulture stand shows the quality and breadth of produce from members of the National Farmers Union. Stunning display of fruit and veg.
Had to hold myself back from just pinching the exhibits.
Another purchase I made was from Sea Spring Seeds
, a nursery specialising in Chillis. This wonderful Apricot Chilli
(photographed at the RHS Autumn show last year) is a mild, and fruity Habanero chilli with virtually no heat at all. I have a beautiful plant potted up in my greenhouse, will let you know how it comes along.
But Matron had a giggle at the Plant Heritage stand, I just love the sound of the 'Dwarf Nun's Bellybutton bean'
I was wondering if the Nun was a Dwarf, or if the bellybutton was rather small..
Or how about a 'Drunken Woman' Lettuce? I wonder if it just falls about all over the place... Don't you just love some of these variety names from the past?