Yes, it’s been officially Spring for a while now, but for us here at HHP it starts on Sunday 24th April with our first NGS Open Gardens gig of 2016. This is not to be confused with our Open Garden days for the NGS, more of that later. No, this is when we go off to Blockley, Gloucestershire for the first of their two village gardens openings.
The hub of the terrifically well-organised day is the village hall, where tickets can be bought, afternoon tea/coffee and some delicious home-made cakes consumed AND……. where the visitors can view our plants for sale and, if they see something they like, to buy their choice. We try to bring a selection of the plants we sell, not just the ones in flower, but ones that have their flowering season later in the summer. To help with that, we bring photographs of the later-flowers to show people what is to come.
One year, Liz and I went to the Malvern Autumn Show and went straight to the Plant Tent (as we always do!) where Liz saw a huge pot of a crocosmia she had been looking for since she’d seen it in a garden magazine. As the pots were quite heavy, she decided to come back and buy it once we’d looked at all the stands in the tent. Yep, I bet you all know the ending of this morality tale. We went back 15 minutes later and they had all (ALL) been sold!! Ever since that day, both of us have never hesitated to buy a plant we want, when we see it.
Why tell you that story? Well, in the few years we have been going to Blockley, we’ve seen it replicated many times. ‘I’ve come back to buy the ……(fill in the plant name) I saw. Oh! Have you sold it? ‘ Because we sell quite a range of plants, we can only bring one or possibly two of each. So if someone takes a fancy to, say, Trifolium ochrelucon or Hemerocallis ‘Wild Horses’, then they should remember – he who hesitates is lost!