I’m away gallivanting. Judging Camellias at the RHS show at Savil Garden. Which means I’m away from my computer and confined to an iPad. If I can pull this off it’ll be a miracle.
The blue riband class in camellias is the twelve. Twelve perfect blooms. Tragically the competitors who had staged their exhibits on Friday evening came in today to find that the marquee had been so cold over night as to have frozen the vases solid. As it happens, the best twelve were staged this morning, by a Cornish contingent I know very well. None of the frosted sets would have beat it even had they been perfect.
This is the table with all the twelves on it. You can see a couple of frosted flowers in the nearest set.
We had to choose what we felt was the best individual bloom from all the entries and settled on this one. If memory serves it is ‘Dr Clifford Parks’, a little paler than it usually is, but a fine bloom.
We had time for a fairly quick whizz round the garden. Lovely garden, I’ve been going there for a very long time and have seen many changes, mostly for the better.
On our way back to Arundel, where we’re staying, we called in at Architectural Plants. Just a five minute spin round. I love a quick burst of big bucks horticulture once every couple of years.
Wisteria sinensis. £395.00. Who wouldn’t snap up a matching pair.
That’s it. Let’s see if I can paste The Prop’s link. Wow, that looks like it might have worked.