Before we even get to the weekend’s fair, rewind to Friday.
Whilst I usually try to travel home on Thursday evenings, I’d stayed in London the extra day and the OH had picked me up from the pier at around 8.40pm. On being reunited, I immediately started ranting about my (lack of) preparation for the St Helens Secret Gardens event I’m (supposed to be) organising – not to mention concerns about my own garden being a complete disgrace.
The OH said he thought ‘publicity was key’ and had a cunning plan – he wondered if the lovely people at Eddington House Nursery would put up a poster for ‘my’ Secret Gardens event at their weekend Rare Plant Fair. Genius!
Consequently, I persuaded him to stop off on the way home so I could ask. Bearing in mind by this stage it was 9pm and I was wandering round the back of their property, it’s hardly surprising they thought I was up to no good. Happily, once they’d recognised me, they agreed to put up a poster, so all I had to do was create one(!)
Fast forward an hour, I’d eaten a tasty dinner, designed, printed and laminated two posters and was on my was back to the nursery. By this stage it was after 10pm, but they were still there to receive the goods, bless them.
Hardly surprising, therefore, that I definitely wanted to support the event. I visited on Saturday, and had the great pleasure of listening to Anne Swithinbank speak and also had a good chat with Derry Watkins at her plant stand (she was speaking today, but I sadly didn’t have time to return).
As ever, the nursery was looking immaculate (I love the new display of succulents in wine cases see picture, top). This time I only bought a couple of Salvias from Derry but have my eye on some other items from the nursery itself, and intend to return when it’s less busy.
Thanks guys, you’re the tops!