Monday, 27 July 2009

Day Out

I had a day out on Friday. I took a day off work and went to the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire with my mother. We had a wander around the show gardens, but to be honest, there really wasn’t much to inspire me. So many show gardens now are contemporary in their style and have a fondness for concrete and I just don’t like them. We then headed for the floral marquee. This is my favourite place at any garden show. There were so many lovely flowers. I could have spent a fortune but I was good and restricted myself to buying what I really wanted.

I have craved some alliums for years so bought some bulbs. Two different types, Purple Sensation and Christophili and some lilies. A bit later on we met up with my aunt and uncle and had lunch. By the afternoon, unfortunately, the rain came and it was torrential, thunder rain. Everyone retreated into the marquees, making them packed out. After sheltering under a canopy for a while, Mother and I decided to call it a day and made our way back to the car, getting drenched in the process! Despite the rain, it was a good day out but I can’t help but think these shows always look so much better on the television!

The garden above was planted with flowers to attract bees.

I bought some little cane tops. I'm not sure that they are much use but the look very pretty!


  1. Hi Susie!
    The giant bee is really stunning!
    I must keep my mum away from garden centres, she would never restrict herself there!
    The little cane tops would be useful for your allium!

  2. I love the giant bee and the flower it is sitting on.
    Cal x

  3. The cane tops are really sweet as well as useful I suppose... That bee is very clever!

  4. I love the RHS shows. Like you,I have always craved Alliums but never actually grown them in my garden!

  5. I love that bee garden! Scary huge bee!
    I wish I could grow alliums, but I just don't get enough sun, and then they won't stand straight up, they stretch to try reaching for the sun. Those cane tops are very useful. They are sitting there looking pretty!

  6. Thanks for showing the new calendar page and the address. I'll check it out. I love the giant bee on top of the beautiful flower arrangement. Very cute and whimsical.

  7. I have always wanted to try alliums too. I like the idea of the garden show here in Connecticut too, but like you I am disappointed with it. All of the display gardens are very similar and there are never any cottage gardens. Oh well. You got some really pretty pics.

  8. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog, what a lovely blog you have here. Your home is looking wonderful, I love everything you have done to it. The alliums in my garden have done quite well this year, I think the snails must have been too distracted by everything else in the garden!

  9. Hi! thank you for stepping by my site.And nice to meet you.
    Oh here's absolutely English garden.I love your garden and flowers.

    Hve a nice week!!

  10. Hi there just popping by to say thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment. What a challenge you have taken on restoring your lovely house - like you I have always wanted to grow aliums but am not sure how they would manage with our wet and heavy clay soil - I may be tempted try planting one or two bulbs to see what happens:)

  11. some lovey photos to look at. :O)

    Looks like you had a lovely holiday. I just love Scotland.

    Have a good Thursday :O)

  12. Here is the link for the mosaics Sue

    They are very easy to make.
    Cal x

  13. Hi Susie,

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I wasn't sure how to email you. I will send you the sugar scrub recipe tomorrow. Gotta get up for work at midnight and it is 10 now...hubby telling me to go to bed.


  14. I love all the pictures. They are beautiful!!!

    If you get a chance stop by my Blog and say hi!
    Have a great day,

  15. Hi Susie!
    Hope you're fine!

  16. Gorgeous 'bee' garden! I love the allium pics...great close-ups...even with the shadows!