Paul at BJ Richards came up with some amazing hellebores for us from Highcroft Gardens, http://bjrichardsflowers.co.uk/highcroft-gardens, his father's own gardens over looking the beautiful Tamar Valley. They open in the summer under the NGS, so look out for the yellow signs later in the year. I will be first in the queue.
Paul also gave us a guided tour of the glass houses. It was so interesting to see how they do things on such a big scale, and I managed to grab the first bunch of Cornish Delphiniums too. So lovely. So #britishflowers !!
The ranunculus was fabulously in flower and baby stocks and snaps all in ready for the coming season too.
Amanda Taffinder brought some fantastic daffs. all home grown by her father-in-law for us to use. These rich yellows are so heartwarming at this time of year. Thanks Amanda (and Simon) xx
There was lots of fun to be had in the barn, what larks! I had to include this one of Charlotte from Rock n' Rosie, there is so much to be gained from pulling faces in photos, I have a growing collection of my own! I challenge you not to smile! (Sorry Charlotte, she really is very beautiful, honestly!!!).
Top tip from the Blue Carrot: this is how to take really stunning photos of your work, every time. The secret is out!
We are very much looking forward to doing this again, especially when we have more of our own flowers growing outside too. Penny made soup and cake, and the fire was lit in the house, but outside was sunny and warm too. It was great to make new friends and catch up with old ones. Outcome numero uno/this seasons challenge is how to use red in a really summery, nice way. Red. Red. Red... Thanks all for coming and being so interesting and fun, all at the same time!