Southport Flower Show on Thursday. Plans to go the show again with my friend D. had been in the pipeline for sometime but we were still ticketless, when I entered a competition via Twitter to win tickets to the show. I was delighted to be one of the three lucky recipients of a pair of tickets to the show. Thanks so much @southportflower - it meant more pennies to spend on plants.
Although it is not as large in scale or as ambitious as Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton etc. Southport is a most friendly and relaxing show to visit. There is plenty to keep you occupied, excellent catering and other facilities and no sense of being uncomfortably overcrowded. Moreover the show seems to improve as well as expand each year.
Highlights of the day for me were the unexpected glorious weather, wondering around the packed floral marquee, listening to a talk by Alys Fowler on 'Incredible Edibles' and the magnificent display put together by the North West Group of The Hardy Plant Society. The last two merit their own posts so I will cover them soon.
My only gripe was that it was difficult to hear Alys at times and I was sitting near the front. The guest speakers at Southport are tucked into a corner of the floral marquee, so that there is a busy and sometimes noisy thoroughfare very close at hand. It would be great if the speakers could have their own dedicated area.
Riddle of the day - the difference between a large gold medal and a gold medal.
The show is open for another day but if you can't get there it will be back even bigger and better I imagine in August 2013.