Wisley’s late Summer Flower Show ran from the 4th – 9th September. For me this was perfect timing as I had booked some annual leave and was able to attend the show with my mum. Herself a lifelong keen gardener, she inspired my sister and I to take an interest in gardening from a very early age.

Late summer flower power

I have very fond memories of the Dahlias and Stocks that filled the borders in the south facing rear garden in late Summer, and the meticulously pruned standard roses at the front of the house.

To this day I love to grow a selection of Dahlias for cutting and bringing them indoors to provide colourful and seasonal displays.

Alliums

Anyone who follows my musings will know that another of my favourite plants is the Allium. So easy to grow, and so many varieties to choose from, these ornamental blooms add colour and character to borders in the Spring and early Summer.

Red Mohican Allium

I was delighted to find this Red Mohican Allium at the Wisley Flower Show as it is not a variety that I was previously familiar with. I have already earmarked a border where, once planted, I will be able to view it from the kitchen window as Winter gives way to the warmer Spring weather.

Alliums

For those people who would prefer to relax in the garden I discovered this incredible range of Scandinavian Redwood furniture manufactured by Pepe in Evesham, on the edge of the Cotswolds.

This is not the run of the mill furniture that you would find at your local garden centre as it is only sold at shows like the Wisley Flower Show or direct from the manufacturer. Each piece is designed and built to achieve maximum lumbar support, so not only does it look incredibly stylish, but it is extremely comfortable too.

Pepe Garden Furniture

Saving the best to last I couldn’t resist enhancing the colour in this photograph of these Agapathus to really make the blues and pinks “pop” out from the page. This display by RHS Chatsworth, 2017 Master Grower, was my absolute favourite. The colourful blooms, set on pebbles, in front of the blue and white shed provided a real seaside feel.

Awesome agapanthus

With that thought in mind, we left the show for the return journey to the south coast where my mum resides. All in all, with the assistance of the Wisley team providing easy parking and transportation for those with mobility issues, we had a fabulous day out and will certainly look at returning next year.