Last Saturday, my good friend Caroline and I jumped in the car and set off to Windlesham in Surrey to go to the last Crocus Open Day of the year. Crocus are an on-line nursery, they offer a huge selection of plants (up to 4,000 varieties) and they also grow plants for the show gardens at the Chelsea Flower every year. They have a couple of open days a year based at their massive nursery site, there are always lots of great bargains and it is lovely walking around and looking at the great variety and quality of plants on offer.
One of my favourite things about these days is just seeing so many plants all grouped together. It's almost worth the journey alone just to look at the huge swathes of Echinachea and Rudbeckia. I always make sure that I make a list when I go to these events as it is so easy to get distracted. This year is the first year I managed to stick to it (although I was sorely tempted by their offer of 3 roses for £10)!
We wandered around the whole site, looking at all the different plants on offer picking up pots of Echinacea, Japanese Anemone and Campanula on our way. Then after we had seen everything and made our plant selections we made a beeline for the tea caravan ordering cups of tea, lemon drizzle and walnut cake and sat out in the September sunshine chatting and eating our tea and cake before driving home with a mini garden in our car boot.