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January blues turn orange


While my garden was in the grip of ice and frost I found myself bringing in the New Year surrounded by oranges in Spain. On a seven hour drive from Barcelona to Murcia we were surrounded by citrus groves almost all of the time and because the harvest was about to get underway, every tree was laden down with a heavy crop.
For me, seeing what grows in different parts of the world is the best thing about holidays and Spain, with its olives, agaves and palm trees is like Paradise.
I came home just in time to save the bluetits from starvation. Despite filling the birdfeeders before we left, these had been emptied down to the last few seeds.
Once that task was out the way it was time to get cracking on Gardening Scotland. I handle press and media for the national flower show and even though it only lasts for three days, the work of dealing with all the stories it generates continues all year round.
This year we’ve seen fantastic early ticket sales through the new website, This year will be our 10th Show so everyone involved is determined to make it the best yet.
What really excites me is that already we have a whole list of new floral exhibitors who have never been to the Show before, along with many designers who want to create Show Gardens and the Pallet Garden section looks set to double to as many as 100 mini plots.
The Show opens on Friday, May 29 which is just 20 weeks away and there’s so much to do that I know that my own garden is going to be neglected until summer.

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Wonderful photos.
Glad you saved the bluetits :o)
Welcome to GoY.
Enjoy. :o)

5 Jan, 2009


Nice blog Agnes, and lovely photos too.

5 Jan, 2009


Good luck with Garden Scotland.
Welcome to GOY.

5 Jan, 2009


i need to check that website for dates of shows around scotland.
welcome to GOY

5 Jan, 2009


Wow, someone connected with my favourite event of the year! Thank you for all the wonderful information you provide for us, and this blog reminds me of a cruise we once did round the Med. I had a long food shopping list, and sailed from port to port, stocking up on great store-cupboard ingredients for my other passion - cooking.

5 Jan, 2009


Nice blog Agnes. Welcome to GOY. I wish I could come and see the Garden Show. I know David will be there with bells on!! LOL. Lovely photos.

5 Jan, 2009


Yes Agnes - Spain IS a Paradise! Here in the north I am trying to grow Orange and Lemon trees, at the moment in pots and only 10" high, but I will persevere. We have a friend in Valencia who sends us a box of oranges from his father's farm every year - makes wonderful marmalade, Love your blog.

6 Jan, 2009


Pleased you enjoyed your trip to spain, and pleased you saved the blue tits, and a very warm welcome to GOY.

6 Jan, 2009

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