Friday, 17 February 2012

Shiny Happy People - 2012

Mystery object? Big clue at end of blog

Hurrah! The winter hibernation period is over - and how do I know this? Because I have been to the RHS London Halls Spring show!  It isn't the most exciting event of the year, although there is something reassuring in the continuity of the iris, hellebore and snowdrop displays - and importantly it is the first 'social' horti-event for the Sock and a chance to gossip and catch up with friends in the pub afterwards.  Talking about snowdrops they were there and they had multiplied!! Yes it's the lovely snowdrop hat ladies..

First Emma

then her mum (I think)

then an unrelated lady with a smashing snowdrop hat who, when I asked if she'd mind if I photo'd it told me "I got it off  Ebay and some lady just came up and said it was her mother who had knitted it!!"

So there we go - I told you they were expanding. Next year I will expect at least four snowdrop ladies.
(Apologies to Emma by the way - I should have said hello but I was in the process of being forced to go to the pub when I saw your hat in the distance.)

Also at the show this bright and smart garden by Owen Morgan got a silver medal.

It's not until I looked at this photo of Owen's garden that I realised it was part of an 'alleyway' extending backwards which actually makes more sense of the lovely bright colours and design.  [Note to self - always read the blurb on stuff]

There were only two show gardens which I thought was a shame as they seemed a bit disconnected to the rest of the show.  I think having more, smaller, gardens works better at the Halls - like those 'balcony' ones from a couple of years ago that turned up at all the shows until everyone got fed up with the sight of them.

And of course the happy Heucheraholics with their unmissable love-themed display! Unmissable as in it was so bright you really couldn't have failed to notice it.

We enjoyed Jo Thompson's interesting and engaging talk about her show garden for the Camping and Caravanning Club.  No dreary, damp, dilapidated static caravan here - "Doris" is a very shiny happy caravan who will leave her home in the Isle of Wight to do a star turn at Chelsea.

Talking about shiny happy things, after a quick trip to Wisley (which was overflowing with half-term children, yummy mummies and even yummier cake!) I am now one of the very privileged few to have seen James Alexander Sinclair's app!

An exquisitely gorgeous, strokeable, streamlined piece of work - and the app is quite interesting too!


VP said...

I too have seen the App! :)

So glad the snowdrop ladies didn't disappoint.

I wish I could have come - it all looked very jolly in the pub afterwards.

I see you also have the impenetrable new captcha WV :(

Emma Thick said...

AHHH it would have been nice to say hello. Yes that is my Mum in the white hat and Jenny bought the hat from ebay.......that my Mum had made.....Maybe you would like a snowdrop hat too ?

Paddy Tobin said...

There's something wrong with the show when the hats rank high in "most interesting things to see".


Unknown said...

Next year there may be snowdrop men too! Lovely hats Emmas mum :) It should be compulsory to wear one to the RHS Halls....

Jennie Sivyer said...

Arabella - we want to see you in a snowdrop hat next year :)

Arabella Sock said...

Hello Emma - much as the idea of joining in the mass wearing of snowdrop hats at the RHS Spring show appeals, I am thinking that lurking in the background bagging photos is actually rather fun! I read on the Alpine Society board (that a lot of people have followed the link from) that there were four snow drop hats and I missed snapping one!! Boohoo!

I think the idea of them being compulsory wear to the halls is quite excellent!

Am I right in thinking a lot of the galanthophiles travel a long way to see the show?

Hi Paddy - perhaps I am damning the Show with faint praise but that is not how I feel. The exhibits don't vary much from year to year and I have mentioned quite a few of them (with photos) over the years. Now so many people blog with similar stuff I try to make mine much more about my personal experiences and for me the London shows are very much a social day out and a chance to catch-up with my horti-friends. What could be better?