RHS Tatton Flower Show
- 17 Jul 07, 10:44 AM
The RHS Tatton Flower Show is going to be great. It’s going to be just like Glastonbury, except that instead of music there will be plants.
The place will be crammed full of ageing horticulturists looking at alpine gardens and remembering the good old days when they were young, had too much rhubarb wine and on a whim bought a trolley load of saxifraga.
The thing I like about being there on the Show build days is that you meet all sorts of experts. Guys who know things like how to tow a bus out of sinking mud.
You can also rely on solid local knowledge. Within minutes the blue skies had turned black and torrential rain arrived. I was stood next to a guy who only lived a mile up the road. ‘That’s it now mate’, he said, ‘it’s set in for the rest of the day.’ Within minutes the sun came out and we didn’t get so much as another spot all day. I looked round but the guy had gone. Perhaps he’d nipped home to get the washing in or to write tomorrow’s horoscopes.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but it has been raining quite a bit these last few weeks and the forecast for the RHS Tatton Flower Show isn’t what we were all hoping for. I think the guy who made a fortune on Japanese parasols last year is going struggle, unless he can get a shop load of that waterproofing stuff they force you to buy when all you really went in for was a pair of opened-toed wellies.
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