Last weekend I visited the RHS London Rose show, a small affair with some interesting talks (I’ll be giving D a lesson on how to prune – taking out one fifth of stems each year (see I learned!)).
Having obtained an RHS membership for the year, I was making sure I got my money’s worth (all £10 of it as a student member – don’t ask how I managed to get that). In truth, I’m hardly likely in the near future to buy a rose for my own garden (I had the only one growing removed*), but they do smell lovely and look divine before they droop. D always appreciates it when I send David Austin roses in the post, though in London the flat is too warm to bother purchasing roses, unless they are on serious discount in a supermarket that abides by sell-by dates: they flop overnight, even if I try cutting them under water, wrapping them and submerging them for 12 hours etc etc – I’ve tried all the tricks. I know that the rose has beaten me and if I want to put flounce in a vase, I should go for peonies.
The RHS Rose Show was only the second ever for the RHS and was the antithesis of the Chelsea Flower Show. Calm, understated. An opportunity to buy from major growers, although David Austin was nowhere to be seen.
*For the record, the two plants I refuse to entertain are leylandii/fir trees and roses. The former don’t in my mind belong in an English garden and as for the latter, when I was seven I fell off a wall in a garden centre into a bed of roses. I’ve never liked the spikey little things since.
Last week was another second for me. It was the second week of my “on the hoof” flower and house memory-capturing.
Until two weeks ago, my mobile telephone was a Nokia, with buttons and a screen so small that while I had a meagre internet browsing allowance, I never used it (I couldn’t see the screen!). I had tried to use the internet on the phone just once – when lost and looking for an HHA house.
When S and I went into the bluebell woods about three years ago and I realised I had left the camera in the car, I took photos of the flowers, but never figured out how to move the photos from phone to email address.
A while ago I opened a tumblr account, with the intention that I would save there my favourite photos. Though I never figured out if I could use it with an app on my phone.
And as you know, last year I took a photography course, so I now no longer never need to use the automatic settings ever again.
I felt I needed to embrace all forms of technology for taking images, but I really liked my trusty Nokia, with its seven-day battery life and real buttons that I could press, not just a swipy screen.
And as you know, at the beginning of April I visited Keukenhof, where I captured pictures of wonderful bulbs – me and my entourage of three lenses!
But on my return to England, we drove up to Yorkshire and I accidentally left my camera there. I had put it in a cupboard to keep it safe from small naughty children and forgot it.
6 weeks without my camera.
I kept missing it.
I had also over the last year or so come to think (often) that I could benefit from a smaller second camera.
I was pondering what to do and had even been to John Lewis, tempted by something that would cost me £370 but was pocket-sized.
After a lot of thought and taking advantage of impulse when a colleague upgraded their phone (and convinced me that if they could do it, so could I), I bought an iphone and signed up to instagram.
I can’t make this blog via WordPress link to my photos (a pain) but I can now snap as I go along.
FIND MY TRAVELS ON INSTAGRAM
Me and my iphone will on Monday be making some diary notes to visit the other RHS London shows and events (full details of all shows here). You might not see them recorded here, but I’ll probably add (for me and the voyeurs) some snaps over at instagram.
The RHS is hitting the road and teaming up with London Farmers Markets and other organisations to hold a number of RHS On Tour events in 2016. Visitors can expect to find stands offering gardening advice from our experts, quality plants to browse and buy, informative talks and craft workshops, all mixed in with local, independent food producers and a bustling market atmosphere.16 Jul – 17 Jul
The RHS is hitting the road and teaming up with London Farmers Markets and other organisations to hold a number of RHS On Tour events in 2016. Visitors can expect to find stands offering gardening advice from our experts, quality plants to browse and buy, informative talks and craft workshops, all mixed in with local, independent food producers and a bustling market atmosphere.06 Sep – 11 Sep
A must-see for the garden-lovers – this spectacular late-summer show is a floral extravaganza. Browse and buy from more than 60 nurseries and trade stands, get expert advice, see displays from Surrey NAFAS and be wowed by the National Dahlia Society Show.11 Sep
The RHS is hitting the road and teaming up with London Farmers Markets and other organisations to hold a number of RHS On Tour events in 2016. Visitors can expect to find stands offering gardening advice from our experts, quality plants to browse and buy, informative talks and craft workshops, all mixed in with local, independent food producers and a bustling market atmosphere.04 Oct – 05 Oct
Join us on for two days of autumn delights, including giant pumpkins, apple bobbing, tasty seasonal food, and RHS Gardening Advice. Make a date, too, for the evening event on Tuesday, 4 October, which includes all this, plus delicious cocktails and toe-tapping live music.28 Oct – 29 Oct
This is an art and design show celebrating the beauty of autumn colour. Expect an event packed full of inspirational planting ideas to extend the gardening season, with stands providing advice on plants that are ideal for autumn interest.RHS Halls – Lindley Hall12 Nov – 13 Nov
In 2016, the RHS Lindley Hall will host the very first RHS London Urban Garden Show. This new event will be the perfect place to browse and buy from some of the country’s best tropical and subtropical plant growers. There’s also a chance to ask the experts about caring for your house plants and get cultivation tips on keeping them healthy all year round. In addition, you will be able to check out plant accessories to create an impressive display.17 Dec – 18 Dec
The RHS London Christmas Show is a new addition to the RHS Shows calendar and will take place in the RHS Lawrence Hall. It’s the perfect place to complete any last-minute Christmas shopping, allowing you to buy interesting plants and sundries that will make the best present for an avid gardener. Join us for this festive celebration, combining local, independent food producers, with everything you need to grow your own.