Saturday, 8 April 2017

Evenley Wood Rare Plant Fair

Rare Plant Fairs offer a wonderful opportunity to meet growers who specialise in certain plants and are experts in growing them. When you buy from them, you not only buy reasonably priced, healthy, home reared plants, but can also get advice on where to grow them, and if they are liable to thrive on your soil and location.
The plant fairs are also held in glorious gardens, so in addition to the plant buying opportunities, there's also a great garden to look round. Evenley Wood hosted a plant fair last weekend, and I visited for the fourth time. Coinciding with my birthday, it's always a great opportunity for a day out with my daughter. This year the season is quite advanced and the Narcissi were past their best in many cases, but the Magnolias were looking fabulous. Although we arrived before the fair was supposed to have started, there were already lots of people there
 I loved this Magnolia, I think it's called Black Tulip
 Sadly the weather was dull, so the photos haven't turned out very well.
 Above Anenomes and below that stinking plant that grows beside water was flowering.
 Snakeshead fritillaries were flowering
 Glorious Narcissi
Cherry tree blossom
 More gorgeous Narcissi
 The famed Scilla carpet
 A vibrant Rhodedendron which looks bland here in the dull weather
On eof the many beautiful Magnolias
 and one more..
 And here's what I bought, seen in sunshine
Next plant fair tomorrow at The Old Rectory, Quenington 11am-4pm

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