More summer heat

The heat continued through July and the three days we spent in the precincts of Loseley Park near Guildford were marked by that. So much so that the cool waters of the pond and fountain in the gardens of the house looked distinctly attractive.

LOSELEY Gardens 6

Much the same story as at Parham House – nice fair in a lovely setting, but people content to look and admire rather than buy. We were perhaps a little compromised by being in a central aisle separate from most of the other nurseries and did not have as much passing trade as we might have done, but no-one seemed to be selling much, and the normal horticulturalist’s pessimism was as deep as we have known it amongst our colleagues. Oh well. Here is another glimpse of the gardens to cheer us all up.

LOSELEY Gardens 5

To round off the month we had another three day weekend, Friday and Saturday in Fareham West Street market and Sunday at the Botley Park hotel summer charity fete. Fareham was fun and much more successful from a sales perspective than the previous weekends, though the shine was rather taken off it by our getting a parking ticket on the van in spite of displaying a permit. An informal appeal was bizarrely rejected, so a by now rather grumpy Rob came over all ‘disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’ and, by dint of copying in various high ranking borough officials on his carefully worded response, got the fine cancelled.

The hotel fete is best described as a quiet day, which it was rather expected to be, but Rob, who was flying solo, was brought up to date on the ins and outs of the regional ice cream turf wars, sandwiched as he was between two food traders if Italian extraction who, shall we say, shared some history.

Rob & Joanna – August 2013


Summer heat

The end of June and start of July saw us enjoy a little break from the relentless schedule of weekend events, though we suppose that we shouldn’t complain too much about spending our weekends in a variety of rather splendid country retreats. And as we enjoyed our idleness (well, that’s not strictly true) the summer arrived. And in some style, with temperatures soaring to the sort of levels that leave Rob wilting as badly as the more delicate plants. So we made sure we packed a big container and a couple of watering cans along with the plants when we set off for two days at Parham House in West Sussex who held their annual garden weekend on the 13th and 14th of July.

PARHAM July 13 3

As the image above indicates, it was a lovely and rather genteel affair in the usual beautiful setting and we did rather enjoy the jazz band and other assorted entertainments, not to mention the excellent beer direct from the brewer. But it was pretty damn hot and heat is just as much a disincentive as is really cold weather when it comes to the public buying plants. So, although our plants attracted many admiring glances and positive comments, not enough were whisked off to new homes to make the event anything like a financial success from our perspective. Rob consoled himself by wandering round the acres of walled gardens in sunglasses and outback hat and would thoroughly recommend a visit to those who like a blowsy high summer perennial border of the classic kind. See a glimpse of this below.


PARHAM Gardens 3

And other one below. Isn’t it just great? All credit to Tom Brown, the remarkably youthful head gardener, and his team.

PARHAM Gardens 1