I went to the Harrogate Flower Show yesterday and enjoyed myself enormously - not least because I came back with a bag full of goodies. This is what I bought:- Pelargonium 'Mystery'. It is a 'unique', which is a type of shrub like Pelargonium. Pelargonium rubricinitum x cordifolium. A primary hybrid between two species. I understand that it is a fast grower and I am hoping that it will grow into a good sized bush. I also like it because it is more subtle that so many of the over bred hybrids. My other plant was Salvia 'Amistad', which looks very exciting. I put a picture on the Salvias thread - http://www.gardenerscorner.co.uk/forum/threads/super-salvias.41788/page-4 I looked around for unusual plants and found some interesting bulbs. Top row, left to right. Amorphophallus rivieri, Arismaema tortuosum, Begonia, Pleone formosana, Sandersonia aurantiaca and Gladiolus byzantinus. Bottom row, left to right. Eremurus bungei, Gloriosa rothschildiana, Sprekelia formosissima and Arisaema speciosum (weighing nearly 1lb). Amorphophallus rivieri. Photo from Flickriver. This is a member of the Arum family, and is a smaller cousin of the the Corpse flower. It grows to several feet, is said to be hardy (but probably not Yorkshire hardy) and has an unbelievable stench when its in flower. Its on probation. Arisaema speciosum. Photo www.rvroger.co.uk. Another Arum that produces green, purple or chocolate-maroon spathes (Jun-Jul), above large tropical-looking foliage. Arismaema tortuosum. Photo Broadleighbulbs. I saw a plant of this with most interesting palm tree like stems and foliage. Begonia - pink. Photo BBC. I have never grown a Begonia before. Eremurus bungei. Photo - American Meadows. I had a good chat with the stall holder, who lived in Harrogate and said that there was no way that you could grow Eremurus in Harrogate. He said that it was not hardy enough here, and that it was impossible to lift them at the end of the season, because they hated to be disturbed. He also said that they needed very well drained soil and that wet from the Harrogate clay would kill it overwinter, even with a thick mulch. So I then said that I would grow it in a container. To which he replied there was no way you could grow Eremurus in a container as its roots are very shallow and go out a long way sideways. He said they would just die. At that point I said that I had bought another, larger, variety last year at the same show. I put it in a pot and overwintered it frost free and now it was sprouting very happily. He was amazed at that. So this one is another experiment. E. bungei was not only cheaper than the other species at £1 - but also smaller, which I thought would give it a better chance in a pot. So its another one on probation. Gladiolus byzantinus. Photo www.findmeplants.co.UK I have always hankered after these ever since Christopher Lloyd raved over them. Its a species - ie unimproved variety, which CL felt was natural to have in a border rather than the over developed cultivars. I have tried twice before to grow them from seed without success - so hopefully third time lucky with bulbs. They are not expensive, but you just never see them for sale. Gloriosa rothschildiana. Photo Anglia bulb company. I saw this in flower for the first time in my life at the show - it was well named - glorious. Last year I bought some tubers, but they came to naught. So this year I am having another go. The advice that I got was they need full sun and loads of heat - and shouldn't really be let out of the house or full sun greenhouse. Pleione formosana. Photo Orchidarium.pl This was on the same stall as some of the others so I couldn't resist, having seen LongK's lovely picture. Sandersonia aurantiaca . Photo www.jardins-interieurs.com Now this one was totally new to me - so I had to have a go. Sprekelia formosissima. Photo www.Thegardengeeks.com This is one I had heard of but have never seen in flower. Well I have got some potting up to do, and loads of Googling to learn all about them. Do tell us what you have been buying.