Really excited today as we get to visit How Green Nursery in Hever, Kent. This is the nursery that I told you about who are going to grow all of our plants for Chelsea Flower Show.
I have known of How Green Nursery all my life, at one stage I even lived just down the road. What I hadn't managed to do however, was join up the dots that they could help us with the very stressful issue of the plants for Chelsea.
Amazingly, social media made me call Simon at How Green. I had seen a tweet that said that How Green rented Topiary and I kicked myself - only a few months ago I had spent a small fortune on topiary for a photographic shoot!
Some of the wonderful topiary
The nursery is six and a half acres jammed packed with plant loveliness. Offering nearly 4000 different perennials, grasses, alpines, herbs, vegetable plants, soft fruit, patio plants, potted bulbs and topiary.
Not sure where to explore first
Simon gave us a guided tour of the nursery, explained what plants were housed in each area and at what stage of growth they were.
Simon's dog Tonto is the official welcoming committee, be warned - do not visit with your best suit, as you will get Tonto'd.
As far as the eye can see
We discussed my plans for Chelsea, this part is always fun - is what I have planned, possible? Do we have enough time? What about other options, etc. Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate ...
Counting pots - 1,000, 1001, 1002, 1003
Tomatoes are definitely going to be this years 'Challenge (in the absence of Anneka) Simon' Come on Simon we know (hope, pray) you can do it.
Kent has some wonderful old barns, like this one in the background belonging to one of Simon's neighbours. I wonder what treasures are inside. I can spend hours looking round old buildings, especially old farm buildings. Ooops sorry, back to the plants!
Which one did you say was mine?
So the tour is almost over, our order has been placed, the sun is shining and I can almost feel the plants growing, my thanks to Simon and his team, I am supremely confident that your plants will look amazing. I will keep praying for a little more sunshine however, just to be sure!