If there is an official start to the gardening year, it must be the Royal Horticultural Society's February Show, held in its halls in central London, whose first day was today. It's a rare opportunity, too, for the Society to feel like a society, when a concentration of its members comes together to talk about plants and gardening, and generally catch up after the show-less winter. It was good to see that the RHS had moved the 'design' element of the show to the Lindley (Old) Hall, leaving the Lawwrence (New) Hall to the nurseryman's stands and displays of plants. As usual with my compact camera the pictures are not as perfect as I'd like, but these images give some idea of the plants on show.
|Hepatica japonica x H. yamatutai|
|The New Hall in all its glory; Avon Bulbs' stand in front.|
|A probably new species of Daphne from China shown to the |
Woody Plant Committte by Chris Brickell.
|The magnificent foliage of Exbucklandia tonkinensis from |
Crug Farm Plants, probably the first time this Vietnamese species
has been shown in public in the UK
|Galanthophiles in conference: (L-R) Jane Leeds, Ronald Mackenzie, |
Sue and Wol Staines, Rod Leeds
|Part of Avon Bulbs' stand with the plant of the show, so far as I am concerned - a glorious yellow-green form of Anthriscus sylvestris, whose public appearance is long overdue.|