We’re back from selling at yet another garden show and this time it was the big one… the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. We had such a great time setting up our Lavender and Leeks shop and meeting fans and new customers, it would have been so nice to have had the time to walk around and enjoy the show but alas we were just too busy (so busy in fact that I didn’t even have time to take many photographs!) My dad managed to sneak off and listen to one of Monty Don’s talks whilst I managed the stall and then I had a quick look around in the mornings before it got too busy. I completely recommend visiting a RHS show even though the ticket prices might be a little high, it’s worth it believe me!
Now that we are back I’m longing to be in two places in particular, one is 237 miles away in Wales and the other just so happens to be a 5 minute walk up the road. My little lottie is my haven and I can’t wait to head up there this evening, even if it is raining! I’m planning on having a quick check on things and then making myself a cup of tea and sitting in the shed for a while. Everything is so hectic lately and we have have 4 more garden shows in a row lined up, a little peace and quiet, a sit down and a big cup of tea is just what I need right now.
One thing apart from all the seedlings, vegetables and flowers that I want to check up on is the pond, one of my favourite areas up the allotment… When I left it last week it was looking so beautiful if not a little empty. All the dry weather we had been having left the water level a little low so I topped it up before we left for Malvern. Now that the rain has come (thank goodness!) I hope the pond is back to normal and that some friendly faces might say hello to me when I visit there this evening. The self seeded Borage and Calendula were starting to bloom and even the Water Iris produced a stunning display for me last week. Funnily enough it was just a small bud Tuesday morning and by the evening it has bloomed into a perfect flower and I was so happy to see it. It was a new addition to the pond last year and along with the water forget-me-not produce one of favourite displays up the allotment. Both are incredibly useful to the wildlife too as the frogs just adore hiding amongst the forget-me-not and I’ve spotted more than 10 dragonfly larvae on the water Iris foliage this Spring! My little pond never ceases to amaze or excite me and you just can’t beat seeing those tiny green heads watching you go about your business on the plot… plus they are mighty good slug catchers too!