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By Arlene


~ Today was the first day of the RHS show and notwithstanding the fact that it was raining we were in good spirits when we arrived in the car park across the river from Bute Park where the tulips planted in blocks of 50 dazzled.

My husband said ‘I have forgotten the tickets’
~ I thought he was joking…he wasn’t! A round trip of 2 hours plus and 100 miles didn’t sound very appealing. ‘I will buy another lot’ he said.

As we got to the ticket booths clutching my brand new RHS card valid from the 1st of the month, and put in my purse that morning, I told the girl we were from Swansea, had forgotten our tickets which I had bought on line using my card to get a discount and could she check it online? After giving her various details and some key punching we had a pair of brand new tickets printed off and were on our way into the show.

Hurray for the RHS!!!

~ the weather was getting better when we met a lady on wheels who seemed to have eaten something which was making her stomach rumble.

and so we were off to the plants!

The wheelbarrow competition for local schools produced some fantastic displays and although all 50 were worth showing I will show you some of the best.

~ some of the barrows were done by nursery classes and the schools are catching them young with environmental issues

~ these children are more clued up than anyone!

more to follow….
this one for TT!

and this one had enjoyed the locally made wines and spirits!

There was a crowd around a local owl sanctuary display and no wonder
~ the birds are magnificent!

The cacti as usual were stunning!


There were no large plants which yelled take me home! but there are a few things which I will take photos of tomorrow!

This was a present for my daughter but is so cute I could have kept him!

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Oh, Arlene ~
So glad it all turned out well in the end...
Very exciting reading your blogs.
Never know what adventures you are going to relate, and what size font you're going to use.... only teasing.
So pleased you had a great time.. :o)

17 Apr, 2009


~dull is boring TT!~

17 Apr, 2009


Great blog Arlene.

17 Apr, 2009


Glad you had a great day - lol TT thought it was me needing a trip to opticians , sorry it rained but looks brighter in your pics .

The wheelbarrows look great fun.

17 Apr, 2009


When I made that last comment, there was only one photo in this blog...
... you've added lots more. Sneaky !
Flower Pot Person, of course, gets my special approval :o)

17 Apr, 2009


The wheel barrow displays are great. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

17 Apr, 2009


Glad you had a good day. It seems it was worth the trip.

17 Apr, 2009


Come on, Arlene - you've left out the most important bit - what did you bring home with you for your garden?

Seriously, I'm glad you had a good day. Garden shows are just such a tonic, aren't they!

17 Apr, 2009


Oh what great photographs. A lot of work went into the wheelbarrow displays, whoever had to pick the winner had a difficult task.
Sounds like a good day out Arlene.

17 Apr, 2009


Great bonsai and love the Heuchera. The wheelbarrows are a wonderful idea - should be part of the national curriculum!

17 Apr, 2009


please no more tinkering with the national curriculum. my poor girls dont know if they are coming or going. hope their teachers do.

the blog is great.

17 Apr, 2009


great blog Arlene. i love the wheel barrows too.

17 Apr, 2009


Very enjoyable, great photo,s especially the wheelbarrows and owls..........

17 Apr, 2009


Looks like a great day out, Arlene, glad you got the tickets sorted out without too much fuss. Lovely set of photos, I do like the owls.

17 Apr, 2009


Sounds like you had a wonderful time....except for the hiccup at the beginning. Still, it all turned out well. Great photos....I love the owl photos. Great blog. !!

18 Apr, 2009


Wonderful Blog. And such fantastic bonsai's, I am really wanting to try my hand. Sounds like a great trip out. I would love any kind of growing thing event. We have nothing of the sort. Keep posting. :-)

18 Apr, 2009


Loved the cacti :o)
The rest was good too. I'm glad you got the tickets sorted out.

18 Apr, 2009


Lucky you to get to go to the first RHS show of the year. I have tickets for Chelsea for my daughter and I. (RHS membership my Christmas present!)
Thank you for the "heads up" so that hopefully I remember to take them!!

21 Apr, 2009


~Hi Shirley~
~I can't believe how helpful and efficient they were~I really should write and thank them!I have been a member for the last few years and it is well worth it!

21 Apr, 2009

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