Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017
I’ve been looking forward to Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 for months now and I finally got there on the 21st April. I usually travel on a coach trip so I don’t have to think about driving and parking etc, but it’s a long old trek: I got on the bus at 7.30 am and didn’t get home until 9.30 pm! It was well worth it and all I can say is I’m glad they’ve got lots of space underneath the bus for plant cargo!
We arrived at midday and by 2 o’clock I could no longer carry the bags of plants I had bought (even though I had one of those little carts you see people with at flower shows nowadays), and so I made my way to the plant creche and spent the rest of the day wandering around taking photos.
The theme of this year’s flower show was ‘Hort-Couture’. You can see for yourself the amazing costumes made by Jenny Gillies representing various flowers (below).
I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the aptly named ‘Easter Bonnets’, especially the one below as my first car was a little red Ford Ka just like this and I loved it.
As usual there were various plants I lusted after. Please click on each photo below to find out what they are.
There were lots of gorgeous nursery displays as usual, including this one below from Primrose Hall Nursery who had the most amazing selection of paeonies for sale. My favourite was ‘Coral Sunset’ in the centre of the circle.
I can’t resist auriculas (a member of the Primula family). No wonder they were so highly prized in Victorian times. Every year I always end up taking photos of them!
There are always lots of alpines available at Harrogate. Here are some ideas for using them (below).
The floral displays were, as usual, very impressive. Many continued the theme of ‘Hort Couture’…
…whilst others had to follow a theme set by the judges. I simply loved this mini market stall selling flowers:
These four were themed around the sun:
The arrangements below were on a variety of themes. Some of my favourites are the tiny mini displays which have to show lots of ingenuity! The two below with the little creatures in the walnut and the flowers in the egg were my favourites.
Once again I was delighted to be able to visit Harrogate Spring Flower Show and came away with lots of goodies for my own garden. Luckily the day after was sunny and I was able to plant most of them out whilst Steve made me a compost heap. There aren’t many 35 year-olds who get excited about compost heaps but I am one of them!
We also marked out my new workshop which is going to be built at the bottom of the garden with a lovely view out over the flowers.
For now, I hope you enjoyed this little trip around the Spring Flower Show. I’m going to book for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show soon so you’ll be hearing from me again!
P.S. If you’d like to see my post on last year’s Harrogate Flower Show, please click here.