Mid - Month News

Thursday, May 17, 2012

After just 2 weeks of concerted efforts by Dunraven of Bridgend, our conservatory has been erected. We are very pleased how well it looks against the house something we were so concerned about given the age of the Lodge. Hopefully with underfloor heating and 2 sets of trifold doors we will be able to use it year round


Front view of the conservatory



 Moira was the first one to have a celebratory drink!! (New furniture expected soon)



 View from the House Garden with underfloor heating pipes just laid



Somehow in a busy schedule we found time last week to go to Malvern Spring Garden Show. The showground was as wet as we have ever seen it with precious little grass left in the car parks and areas around the trade stands. In spite of all this a good day as always especially in the Floral Marquee. We also saw Gardeners World being filmed - at least 7 crew etc for each take!


 This marvellous stand of blue meconopsis on the stand of Reginald Kaye



Some of the best stands in the entire show are always those of the many Plant Societies in the UK and this one is of The British Streptocarpus Society featuring some of the species (wild) forms from which many of our modern large flowered hybrids have been developed. The members who staff these stands are so knowledgable and informative it is possible to spend a long time in this part of the Show.




This jolly lady on the Bowden Ferns stand is anticipating an imminent visit from Monty Don who is "hiding" behind the very large fern to the top left hand side of the pic (he moved just as I clicked the shutter!) There was a very good range of ferns on this stand with many unusual or rarely encountered forms. Needless to say I spent more money there!



Trade stands near the "sheds" at the top end of the showground. I like the juxtaposition of the hot tubs with the cold grey sky and the muddy ground with not a blade of grass to be seen on the first day of the show.




That's it for now - a full May update will appear later this month but in the meantime lets hope the weather picks up and if you are at the Spring Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground on Sunday 20 May please come along to my talk at 1.00pm in the Floral Hall.