"Gardening makes my heart bloom" -- mum

"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat." -- Confucius

Monday, 11 July 2011

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Billed as the world's largest flower show, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was truly inspiring.  The centrepiece of the show, the RHS Edible Garden, was without a doubt the highlight of my visit.  

        Look at these beautiful slug free cabbages.......
and these magnificent kales......
                                     Kohlrabi as big as my friend's hand 
                           Dig for Victory!
I can count 14 aubergines from that one plant...hmm must be an F1
The tropics beckons
The Garlic Lover's Garden

Am definitely growing these as standards next year

My drrream greenhouse.....
Ooh here's a perennial favourite!

 Purple sweet potato plants making a strong statement
 The potager designs here are inspirational
What a wonderful combination of plants and colours

Great ideas here for an edible border!

And finally, here's my find of the day, the Rosa Doncasterii, a shrub species from the 1930s which flower once and then produce these amazing flagon-shaped hips of orange red. I bet these would make delicious jam!
This was indeed the veggie show of the year for me.