A Day Of Peonies And Metal Giraffes

It seems to have become a bit of a tradition that over the May Bank Holiday me and my Mum take a trip to the Kent Garden Show in Detling. Anyone who has met my Mum knows that she is garden mad, I sadly though have not inherited the green gene that seems to run in the family – I do however have an appreciation for beautiful gardens and plants and love admiring them. This combined with a bit of sun is enough motivation for me to want to spend the day wandering through the masses.

One of the things I love about the Garden Show is that it has such a variety of exhibitors. Plants, sculptures, log cabins, clothes, food and even hot tubs.

I won’t bore you with endless photos of plants that all look the same but I do want to show you a couple of things that caught my eye.

Ever seen a family of life size metal giraffes? Obviously a question that you get asked all the time. One exhibitor was showcasing hundreds of metal sculptures in the shape of every animal you could think of. I was tempted to buy a hedgehog because of course everyone needs a metal hedgehog to keep watch in the garden. But my favourite had to be this family of giraffes.

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At a couple of thousand a pop, you are going to need some serious cash and a very large garden if you want your own family of metal giraffes roaming the grounds.

A new feature this year was a group of arrangements/floral sculptures that had been awarded with levelled grades. My creative instinct kicked in and wanted to spend hours appreciating every intricate detail.

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One flower always catches my eye and has to be my ultimate favourite. Peonies. For anyone who doesn’t know what a Peony looks like its a single bud with multi layered petals. Turn up on my doorstep with a bunch of these and I will love you forever! I don’t know what it is about them, I just find them really romantically beautiful and are a bit different to your typical run of the mill roses.

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Look at them…
SO pretty!

Along with a car full of plants I also purchased some really cute glass drinking glasses. They are a modern take on the traditional glass Mason jar but with a screw lid and a straw. I had seem some similar in John Lewis a couple of weeks ago for triple the price, so the bargain hunter in me couldn’t walk away with out them.

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People do not believe me when I tell them how much I paid for these beauties… £5.00 for the both of them. Yes. You read that correctly. £2.50 EACH! Looking back I wish I’d bough two more in red as I absolutely love them. The raised embossed writing in the glass makes them look really authentic and has that country cottage feel.

Well that’s enough of this really random post about my Garden Show findings. All that’s left to do now is to get out in the garden and plant all my purchases then have a nice cold beverage in my new jars.

Until next time Detling.

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