Saturday, April 28, 2012
One of my favourite displays was this small scale version of Keukenhof.The famous Dutch city where millions of Tulips bloom every year.The colours they bring to the garden give them an energy and light.
There was the usual plant Specialist groups,Ripon Bee Keepers, Made In Yorkshire food section,Arts and Crafts,A cookery Theatre with demonstrations,A kitchen garden section,a garden roadshow Q & A's,Have a Go,and Gardening with Nature.It is open until tomorrow..
This one was for the Team GB Olympic team.A diver is plunging into a pool of flowers with the crowds cheering from the stands.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
She looks at traditional country garden estates and what they had growing to feed the household.She offers some advice for each section for the modern self sufficient gardener.
I love the historic look at all manner of growing your own produce.From Vegetables,Wall Gardens,Herbs,Orchards and Fruit Trees,Fish Ponds,Bee Hives,Dovecotes,Home Dairy's,Deer Park,and Vineyards.
It is very informative and sheds light where the obsession for grow your own came from.In Britain there is a long history of people growing their own produce.There are skills we can still use today in the garden.
What I also enjoyed was there are lots of historic recipes to try out in each of the chapters.
If it is cold and wet where you are this book is an excellent and easy to read.
This Pigeon has been feeding in the garden today.He has been finding the scraps of food left by the scruffy House Sparrows and Blackbirds.They spray bird seed all over like a custard gun from Bugsy Malone.
It is the Spring Flower Show tomorrow at Harrogate.We will take spare clothes,an umbrella,and hat to keep the rain off.I hope the organisers have a gazebo for the Bourbon City Jazz band who usually greet all the visitors at the main entrance to stop them getting soaking wet.The Show is one of the highlights of the year and there are over 100 exhibitors in the two flower halls.
Gardeners are hardy types so I'm sure the Yorkshire showground will be packed and doing a good trade.The first Flower show of the year heralds the start of the growing season.you can see sumptuous flower displays and buy lots of bulbs,plants,and sundries to take back a souvenir of your visit.We have bought jute bags over the past two years getting cash back as I have spent up buying things at the shows.I love the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.The Camera batteries will be charged and ready to take photos for the blog.