The Sock met the Mysterious Ms. B. yesterday for a wander around the RHS London Plant and Design show. This was the second year in a row so it is very nearly a tradition but whilst the gossip and the giggling surpassed last year's, the show itself was somehow just very slightly disappointing. This may be less to do with the show than the fact that for the Sock the energy of Spring seems to be still lacking. Whilst last year there were shoots of excitement stirring enough to start the spending season, this year the joys of purchase eluded the Sock and only a small replacement aeonium and crassula made it into her haul. Last year's fabulous hepatica displays seemed to have been replaced with the ubiquitous snowdrops and there was nothing with a real wow-factor.
The Sock was in competition with Ms. B. to bag the best photo of someone's hat - in the event Ms. B. spotted it and the Sock got the picture, a good joint effort. Amazingly, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the 2009 vintage..
On to the Lawrence Hall to view the garden designs. Overall the Sock found these fairly dull - there was nothing wrong with them but nothing new or exciting either. Ms. B. felt that both the lighting and the possible colour of the houses (duck-house blue) suppressed the mood. The one below was our favourite but for some reason even the planting in that looked sombre.
Next the balcony gardens with a theme of 'predictability'
Recycled old cds..
Recycled old tyres..
There was nothing wrong with these balconies - in fact you might well be proud to own one - but they just seemed 'same old' and didn't stimulate the Sock.
This one at last seemed an original concept for a balcony and the Japanese style design worked surprisingly well
Viewed from the side you could see a little seat hidden within the bamboo surround.
Ms B. agreed that neither of us would be able to squeeze our bottoms into that small space but nevertheless a good idea.
No visit to a show is complete these days without a visit to the Heucheraholics stand. Even the heucheras looked less bright than they will later in the season but Sean and Jooles made up for that with their bright and cheerful smiles and T-shirts!
Next year the Sock must remember that the Lawrence hall sports a balcony where lunching ladies can view the comings and goings in the hall below. A great spectator sport and the ideal place for celeb spotting! Clic on the picture to enlarge...