Thanks, Andy, for your comments. You must have been typing at the same time as me. Quite agree about the pile of post awaiting you, especially as my front dor has no clearance over a pile of post and we practically have to break in!
Have a great time finding plants, Dove - it is a major part of the holiday for me. I love finding local NGS open gardens. too, and got five nice plants for £3 this time in a small village garden. If we find an open village, my holiday is made! OH claims that if it were left to him, he would mow the borders, but I notice he has started to take an interest in buying plants and looking around gardens. He's now rather proud that I'm an 'expert' gardener - which I most definitely am not, though I'm learning. We took advantage of two-for-one entry to Abborsbury sub-tropical gardens and I got lovely plants there.
This is what I got, Verdun - and thanks for asking, I was dying to list them! They need different conditions, but my little garden has astonishing different zones, from dry, sunny (!) and quite sandy to rather boggy, with a mixture of soils because the garden has been well-cultivated in the past, then paved, then the paving taken up again. Much of the soil is really lovely stuff, fairly neutral. There's no deep shade.
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'.
Lobelia fulgens 'St. Elmo's Fire.'
Nepeta 'Blue Dreams.'
Salvia nemorosa 'Rubecca.'
Ligularia 'Britt Marie Crawford.' (Beautiful foliage but I'm told it spreads like a weed).
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna.'
Melittis 'Royal velvet Distinction'.
Penstemon 'Husker Red.'
Salvia 'African Sky.'
Primula 'Garriarde Guinevere.'
Iris sibirica 'White Swirl.'
And one whose label I've lost! It came from the open garden. I bought more than one of a couple of plants, too. Plus, I've got lots of seedlings.
Epic taking up of lawn and planting session to come!