Malvern spring show always has a few surprises up its sleeve, but I never expected to be transported back to my time in Mallorca. This street scene put together so expertly by Villagio Verde may be rooted in Andalucia and particularly the wonderful patios of Cordoba, but I was transported back to a street in Puerto Pollensa instead.
My final job of each stint out there was to find the local ceramic shop to buy a present for Margalida, the most temperamental of cooks with the biggest of hearts. Our team's woeful performance in washing lettuce properly and the preparation of the potatoes for the lunchtime tortilla would all be forgotten instantly on the production of a jug or bowl of the local design.
Here the ceramics are characteristic of Granada and were imported specially for this magical show garden. Other terracotta pots were painted and colour co-ordinated around each door in the street. This is a proud neighbourhood, with each owner keen to show off their pots overflowing with pelargoniums, lavender and other Mediterranean plants.
My thanks to Jason from the Villagio Verde show team for the tour and telling me the story of the imaginary characters who 'live' in this muy autentico show garden. It may seem strange for a Mediterranean garden to be found in Malvern in May, but when your company specialises in olive trees, then it makes perfect sense. And on last Thursday's blustery day, this shot of Spanish sunshine made the world seem much warmer.
|Here the village fountain has a minimal drip, representing the state of the groundwater feeding it in summer|