On my return from my Accountant in Ampthill, I decided to try to find a Garden Centre in the hope of picking up some garden edging strips, and was overwhelmed by the welcome from the two gentlemen relaxing before the midday rush of customers. Sadly they did not have the product I sought, but during the conversation I was admiring one potted plant and the direction changed when I explained I had no knowledge of the names of many of the species, but loved taking photographs of a wide variety of them.
The eponymous Stephen who owned the establishment said he had no objection to my taking photographs, so I went back to the car and dug out the EOS 5D with the 100mm macro lens and proceeded to take shots around the vast area, and he very kindly did mention some of the names and pointed out particular plants that might be of interest as he also did some watering.
I had been feeling disappointed that I was not in the market for buying any of his produce and not a tad guilty on that score, but I need not have worried, for several customers appeared and they were buying, so I continued shooting feeling a little relieved as the charm of both men deserved to be rewarded with customers. They were working in unbelievable heat and the whole area was well laid out and spacious and all the plants were obviously well-tended and in excellent condition. I hope that I might return as a customer at some future date.
I can highly recommend a visit when considering a plant for the garden or the house as Stephen is charming and knowledgable and it is easy to find and to park. I hope that anyone in this part of Bedfordshire viewing this gallery will put ‘Stephen’s Plants’ high on their list of must visit places, you will be rewarded, make no mistake; I hope he feels that the shots I have taken does justice to what he showed me.