The Flower Show

The flower show -๐ŸŒบย The Spring Ornamental Plant Competitionย ๐ŸŒธ-ย was a very early start – I met Mummy at 8am at Wisleyย on Saturday morning, to help with the final set up for the exhibs from High Beeches Garden.

The set up had been going on the day before, so most rhododendrons ๐ŸŒธ and camellias ๐ŸŒบwere already looking pretty good – there was some last minute cleaning of petals and leaves and general rearrangement going on.

I have been to one of these before, quite some time ago – but was excited to go again. ย It’s a very friendly vibe, nothing like your village fair vegetable competition ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฝ(not that I have ever been to one of these before) but I always imagine (mainly I think from Wallace and Gromit๐Ÿถ) that the other competitive competitors are giving each others marrows ๐Ÿ† furtive glances over the garden wall in the week before the show, and that there is always the potential for night time sabotage – because, you know, it is important to win.

However, the flower showing bunch are a friendly sort, and there was lots of chat about gardens, and the weather, and the early start and the weather. ย It has been WET ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง this year – you may have noticed, so this upsets the balance of the growing. ย The magnolias are suffering big time, there were hardly any on show, and people have had to be a bit more inventive with what they are going to show. ย The big gardens such as Exbury and Savill Gardens have lots of choice, it’s trickier for us smaller gardens with less choice. ย My favourite, possibly, are the small private gardens – the real plant enthusiasts who dearly love their plants, and are excited to get a chance to show against some of this big name competitors.

So it was a nice morning, and we tidied up our rhododendrons ๐ŸŒธ, had a good peer at everyone else’s exhibits, and chatted plants. We decided we had done the very best we could and went for breakfast altogether โ˜•๏ธ.

Then after the judging ๐Ÿ“, we came back to the show and we hadn’t done too badly at all – a number of first prizes for rhododendrons AND we came third in the big class. ย Next was prize giving. ย What I like about plant people ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง is you get the tidy tweed jacket wearers, and you get the ‘I have come straight from my garden with mud everywhere’ types. ย But really all they care about are the plants. ย The lady presenting the prizes was wearing a splendid jacket with large camellia flowers ๐ŸŒบ printed all over it.

I enjoyed myself immensely, and took A LOT of photos. ย We weren’t actually exhibiting camellias ๐ŸŒบ, but I got excited and photographed a lot of them, I just love how perfectly formed the flowers are, and they often have superb names …… and of course I took photos of our rhododendrons too.

I also took home a number of plants that didn’t make it into the exhibit, and now our house looks like a small arboretum ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒบ… possibly my flatmates are becoming worried….. there is a story somewhere, I think by Gerald Durrell, one of his early memories of visiting an elderly lady, always in her bedroom, four poster bed and dressing table with mirror, and the curtains were always closed, and in the half light he could see the whole room was just filled with flowers and plants… ย I haven’t got to this stage, yet..

Alice xxx

What a lovely camellia
Old Italian
Nuccio’s Gem
Quite spectacular
๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ – Won best Camellia in show
Another Margaret
So charming
The winning team
Miniature camellias!!
Wonderful names
More good names
Enjoying Harold
More Harold enjoyment
And Debbie.
A prize for Valentine Day
And a prize for Ros and Donation
The Donation
Now the Rhododendrons – left to right, first, second and third prize (High Beeches took third prize)
A winning polka dot from High Beeches
First AND Second to High Beeches
The winning rhododendron
pretty pinks
Another winner for High Beeches
An overall win – not too bad at all..
Spoils being taken home (muddy car)

2 thoughts on “The Flower Show

  1. Thank you dear Alice, what amazing camellias and rhododendrons!!
    So glad you won a few things too!
    W xxx