Showtime in Sherborne
Well, it really must be spring as this weekend just past we attended our first show of the season, the Specialist Charity Plant Fair in the lovely town of Sherborne nestling in the equally lovely county of Dorset. The weather was clear and sunny, though Rob had to drive through some torrential showers on the road down, but that was somewhat academic, as the event was held under cover in the Digby Hall. Which was all very well, but with one big downside in that everything - racking, trays of plants, etc - had to be manually manoeuvred in from the carpark. Quite some distance was covered in so doing, and with a flight of steps to boot. Now Rob remembers why he is generally half a stone lighter in the months of the show season.
Last year attendance was limited by the event being held on the same Sunday as Mothers’ Day and by the fact that the two-headed Beast from the East had only just released its grip on the country, but this time we were free of any such factors and the turnout was notably stronger. There was much in the way of spring blooming plants - primroses, daffodils and the like - on other stalls, but those aren’t things that feature much in our catalogue, so we just selected a few interesting garden plants that were at least poking their noses above the surface in their pots and with them a selection of indoor plants to make up a nice display. The top seller turned out to be the lovely Corydalis Blue Heron (ok it’s a spring blooming plant but a reliable performer well beyond just that time of year), with Beschorneria Septentrionalis, Podophyllum Spotty Dotty and Dicentra White Gold also proving popular. Of the houseplants, Jatropha Podagrica garnered the most attention, but then it is a bit of a showoff and likes to be looked at.
There’s a bit of a gap now till once again we load the van and set up the display racks, with our next outing being to another Specialist Charity Plant Fair, this one being held on Sunday 14th April at Mapperton House (Dorset again: we must like the place). For details of that and the rest of our schedule, take a look here. One down, lots more to go!
Rob and Joanna