Well, here we go again. Our first event of the 2015 season, the Marlborough Spring Fair, took place on the 28th of March in the rather splendid surroundings of Marlborough College. This was a new event for us but sadly the weather wasn’t exactly benevolent. Let’s just say that this year March seems to have got itself the wrong way round and has come in like a lamb and is going out like a lion. Frequent spells of rain and a strong breeze meant that potential plant-buyers were happier browsing the crafts and gifts on the indoor stands rather than linger over the plants on our windswept display.
And, though we say it ourselves, it wasn’t a bad display despite it being only the end of March and the cool start to spring holding back plant growth quite markedly. A couple of days rummaging around the nursery had allowed us to assemble a decent collection of the usual and the unusual in various stages of development, so it was a pity the weather deterred people from giving them their full attention. Talking of displays, we were quite excited to be using our four new three-tier racks for the first time. Made to order by Castlefield, they are more efficient in terms of space than the tables we had been using previously – 30 2 litre plants per rack as opposed to 24 per table and on a smaller footprint, to boot. They will prove their worth, we are sure, especially at those events where space is limited. Which wasn’t the case this time, as we were the sole outdoor exhibitor and had the whole enormous courtyard to ourselves. Not that we used it all, contenting ourselves with a pitch some 5 metres square with our gazebo in the centre so we could huddle there when the rain swept in.
But enough hardy gardeners braved the conditions to make it all worthwhile, though we couldn’t help thinking that, had the weather been better, we would have despatched twice as many plants to new homes. Luckily, the forecast is more encouraging for the Easter weekend, when we shall once again be going down the road to Somerley for the Easter Craft & Garden Fair. Fingers crossed they’re right!
To see where we are going to be through the 2015 season check this page. We hope to see you at one or more of those venues.
Rob &Joanna – March 2015