Thursday, 5 May 2011

Plant fairs back in Kent

Plant sales back in Kent
After a hectic bank holiday weekend in Surrey and West Sussex-the Plant Heritage Fair at Denbies, and a stall at High Beeches Gardens,we are back home to recharge batteries and to catch up with work on the farm and nursery. Next Saturday, we will be at the NSPCC plant fair at Saltwood Castle, near Hythe.We visited this sale a couple of years ago as customers:set in the romantic surroundings of this medieval castle , we are really looking forward to taking our plants there. On Sunday, we’ll be nearer home at Godinton House,near Ashford for the Kent Plant Heritage Fair.
At all the events we’ve attended,talk has been dominated by the dry spring and the speed at which plants are coming into flower.Our bluebells are almost over in the woods, and many of our garden plants are showing signs of stress.I walked the fields that we’d shut up for hay this morning: some are so dry that I can’t see us getting more than one round bale per acre off them. The grass is beginning to flower:even if we get some rain in May I fear it will be too late for the grass to bulk up satisfactorily.The cattle are finding enough to eat now, at least.


The photo is of one of the unidentified Siberian Irises that seem to love our garden.I tend to prefer them to the bearded iris, as they have a longer period of interest-I like the narrow strap leaves, the flowers and the dried stems and seed heads that last into autumn and winter.We bought a named variety at Denbies-Perry’s blue, a lovely pale blue that will be a contrast to the rich dark blues and purples of our existing plants
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