Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:15
We left Mansfield for 8.30 and hit Chesterfield just after 9. The traffic was moving until about a mile from the Baslow Island, The big gates had been opened, we were in by 10.15 and parked row 14. We then had to walk to join the huge queue to get in. As Mum had no chance, I joined the queue which snaked up past the house, in front of the stables and started to snake down the other side. 15 minutes later, I collected Mum and Sis , and another 10 minutes we were in. The coffee place ran out of water as we got to the front of the queue. The white peak restaurant would not serve us as we hadn't booked. ( It was empty, more staff than customers) Mum nearly went tits up by the floral bridge, that corner is dangerous the slope needs sorting . Everywhere was sodden, mud everywhere. I expect the rest of the week to get worse unless they sort out a load more bark chippings. Shops were struggling to process credit cards as the mobile signal was poor. ( Middle of Derbyshire in a valley). That said, I liked most of the gardens except the one that looked like fly tipping, and the one that was the quarry men stand. A nice slab of stone and some rusty metal. Again, not what I call a garden.
Eagle sweet peas had a wonderful stand. The abutilons on the helter skelter moved directly from Chelsea. I also noted a good peony stand, one with dahlias and gladioli and lots of plants for sale at fairly reasonable prices. I didn't buy any as I have no space, but noted a lot for next year. Fantasywire have some giant dandelions by the floral bridge, and a small stand. Considering the site was evacuated yesterday on health and safety grounds as the wind was knocking over palm trees, I don't think they did too bad. Obviously plenty of room for improvement. Anyone going, start early, wear wellies. I found the most gorgeous oak table and seats. a snip at nearly £30,000. Ha. not unless I win the lottery. There was stuff from plants at 3 for a tenner to the skies the limit.
Coming out we got a ride on a shuttle bus to the car, and exited the way we came in, again slowly. We got back to mums around 7pm. Totally cream crackered.