Thursday, 29 April 2010

Harrogate Flower Show

The weather couldn't have been better for our short visit to Harrogate, to see the Harrogate Flower Show.

We arrived soon after the show opened and already it was busy with many enthusiastic gardeners keen to go inside. It was a huge show, beautifully organised and well laid out. There was an extensive range of quality plants available to purchase from the exhibitors, and they were all doing a roaring trade.
The standard was extremely high and there were many awards in recognition of the quality on display.

Some exhibitors had staged fascinating interpretative exibits.

Angel in Flowers.

Swan Lake

'Brassed Off'

Many of the blooms had been arranged, with excellent effect, in brass instruments.
This was my favourite exhibit.

Friday, 23 April 2010

St George's Day

We are an extremely patriotic couple and it is important to us that the St.George's flag should fly above our garden today.
Happy St. George's Day to all who visit my blog page.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

More of my garden

A flower bed, full of daffodils until this week, has been stripped out, dug over and had 6X mixed into the earth as a soil improver. You will see, from these photo's of the newly planted bed, how sandy our soil is.

I have planted a variety of perennials of varying heights in the bed now and trust that the application of bone meal will help them mature and bloom later in the season. It's up to me now to ensure they are watered regularly. Thank goodness for having four full water-butts!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

A wild part of my garden

At last I am able to visit my blog page again. At this time of year there is so much to do in my garden, and it is particularly in need of t.l.c. following my six months out of action due to my fractured knee.
The snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils flowered as usual, without my help. They are in an area we have also reserved for wild flowers for the past three years. Here, they are showing how well established they are becoming:

Celandine and Wild Violets.

Coltsfoot, did you see the deliberate mistake? Janet saw it, of course it's Cowslip! Thanks for that Janet.

Fritillary, sometimes called Snakeshead. Unfortunately, because these are of the Lily family they are very attractive to the Lily Beetle.