2013 took a while to get going but summer is now well and truly here.
It's good to have some summer sun, especially since plants seemed to be waiting in the wings for ages. They made lots of leaf but weren't eager to flower, and who could blame them. Winter and spring were pretty cold. Germination was equally slow so seed raised plants were dawdling too. But all that seems to be behind us and suddenly it's time to weed, water and nurture everything that has braved the spring to put on a show.
Talking of shows we've been to a few since May. Chelsea Flower Show was the first and dare I say it not as colourful as we'd hoped. The show gardens in particular were feeling the effects of the cold spring.
The growers in the Floral Marquee put on an amazing display (as always), despite the weather. We were lucky, iit was sunny and warm when we visited, but friends who attended at the end of the week were soaked through.
In June WE were the exhibitors, taking the Unwins team with van-loads of seeds, plants and strawberries to The NEC in Birmingham for the Gardeners' World Live Show.
We really enjoyed the show because despite the long hours and the travelling it is always great to see our customers face to face and find out what they like (or don't like) about our plants and seeds and products.
We've continued the show theme in July, we're not exhibiting but we certainly didn't want to miss The RHS Hampton Court Palace Show. It is such a great venue and the exhibits and show gardens never disappoint.
We were bowled over by the Scarecrow competition and the Henhouses... there's still time to visit the show, its on until 14th July, so make a date to go and let us know what you thought.
We'll be off to Tatton Park at the end of the month. It's a show that has been on our radar for ages and it will be good to finally visit. We'll be looking, not exhibiting this time but we can't wait to see what is causing a buzz there.
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