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AGS Shows: Harlow Early Show

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Contribution from Jan Jeddeloh 28 February 2016, 08:00top / bottom of page

My Dad and I made it to the Harlow Early Show as probably the only Americans in attendance.  And what a treat it was.  I had no idea what a big thing these shows are.  There is quite literally nothing like it in the US for rock gardeners.  Everyone kept saying that it was a sparse showing because of the weather.  Well, from our American eyes it sure looked good.  Everything was so beautifully grown.  I'd never really thought of fairly common crocus as a pot plant but the pots of crocus I saw there were things of beauty.  I was also very smitten with the corydalis and cyclamen.  

We didn't get there until around noon because it took us a good two hours between tube, train and taxi.  I only wish we would have started out earlier so I could have  spent even more time there.  I also wish I could have bought plants..........So many plants and no phyto plus an intervening trip.  It was so hard to resist the temptation to smuggle.  I really wanted some of Ian Butterfield's pleione.  

It was lovely to meet people and put names to faces.  I met Kit Strange, Diane Clement, Brian W (sorry don't have a last name), Tim Ingram and Ian Butterfield.  And I've probably missed the names of other helpful people.  Your ticket taker was especially friendly.  Everyone was very helpful and welcoming and made this part of the trip very enjoyable.

In about 1/2 hour we leave for the Gatwick bus to join the Narcissi of Iberia tour.

Jan Jeddeloh

Contribution from Tim Ingram 28 February 2016, 08:56top / bottom of page

Jan it was so nice to meet you too - especially since belonging to the NARGS for many years and enjoying seeing what gardeners get up to in North America. Luc and his friends from across the channel also said that there were no Shows like this one on the continent (though there is the wonderful way the Czech Rock gardeners promote alpines by making a garden with them in Prague). As someone who grows and sells plants, and most of all gardens with them - rather like a farmer - the AGS and other more specialist Shows are important especially for the smaller nurseries and growers who maintain such a diversity of plants in cultivation in horticulture. They should be better known by more gardeners!

 

Contribution from Diane Clement 28 February 2016, 09:23top / bottom of page

Nice to meet you and your dad, Jan, and also nice to put a face to a name.  Hope you both enjoy the Narcissus trip. 

Contribution from Jon Evans 28 February 2016, 10:13top / bottom of page

Doug Joyce was the official photographer at the Harlow Show yesterday.  As a result, I was free to concentrate on the plants I thought would make attractive photos, and in particular, to spend a lot of the day using my macro lens to take close-ups of some of the flowers.

The first group of plants to catch my eye was a wonderful range of mediterranean orchids exhibited by Barry Tattersall.  People who read these reports regularly will know that these are a special interest of mine, and although I would never dare try to grow them, and have only once seen any in their native location, many years ago, I do make many trips out into the hills, woods and byways, not to mention bogs, of this country, looking for our native species.

Anacamptis papilionacea subsp heroica

Let us start with a plant Barry Tattersall exhibited two weeks ago at Caerleon, but which had developed considerably since then.

Neotinea lactea

Also from Caerleon was this fine pot of Neotinea lactea, which this time was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Barry.

Neotinea lactea
Ophrys cretensis

Among the orchids, Barry brought several different mediterranean Ophrys, which provided a great opportunity to compare the different flowers.

Ophrys cretensis
Ophrys regis-ferdinandii
Ophrys regis-ferdinandii
Ophrys speculum
Ophrys speculum
Ophrys vernixia
Ophrys vernixia
Ophrys tenthredinifera
Ophrys tenthredinifera
Serapias levantina

Finally, a Serapias, also exhibited by Barry Tattersall, as all the above.

Serapias levantina

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