Last weekend was the Southport Flower Show. I've never been before, in fact I've never been to any of the flower shows, so I was delighted when a friend asked me if I'd like to go along with her.
We started out by looking at all the gardens that had been made, some were just amazing.
The path to the cottage is made from potatoes!
I had a problem with the photos which all had a hideous red cast on them. I spent some time on Photoshop trying to correct it but they still aren't as good as I'd like. I later discovered that while playing with some of the camera settings earlier in the week I'd accidentally changed the white balance!
After looking round most of the gardens we went on to the various marquees to check out flower displays and lots of stands with amazing plants arranged. There were plenty of plants for sale too and I could have spent a fortune and filled my garden three times over but I managed to resist the temptation, coming home with two plants and some bulbs for my alpine rock garden in a sink. Some of the original plants have died and others have become rampant so I need to revitalise it.
I'm thinking next spring I will carefully remove all the plants and remake it completely.
We also found some amazing alpine displays using all sorts of containers.
Most of the time I was too enthralled by it all to take photos so this is all I have. My friend plans to try to replicate some of these lovely mini gardens, they are certainly inspiring.