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Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2010


Another beautiful cloudless September day! Rachel and I decided to go to the flower show in Dundee. This was the first stand we saw, the giant Dahlia flowers……

And what about these for Begonias? Wow!!

This display was from the NTS property Barry Mill which has appeared in my early blogs. It is only a couple of miles from my house..

There was a great Cactii stand….Hywel would have loved it!

…and a colourful vegetable stand good enough for Chelsea! The lady on the right is the stall-holder, not me!

I love Bonsai but it must take real skill and dedication to get them this size and standard:

I was a little disappointed at the few nurseries who were there today, but this hosta nursery was anything but disappointing!

This winning vegetable display was all the way from Yorkshire… I think….amazing!

I’m glad I’m not a judge…how could anyone choose between these immaculate tatty entries?

Anyway, all of that has made us think of food….and the best thing for a tattie as you know is:

Blow me! Is it Maureen? Could be her Scottish cousin?

As usual, the floral art displays were stunning…I keep thinking i’ll have a go at this, but never get around to doing anything about it….mmmm

And this miniature garden was very clever, using a victorian cloche as the glass house of a Victorian Garden…

An ‘enchanted’ gravel garden display…who needs lawn?

And two beautiful 6 week-old ‘Piglits’

The food displays were great, lots of tasting and purchasing of course, although sadly we didn’t see the ‘Hairy Bikers’ who will be there tomorrw. The fact that I only bought one plant says more about what was on offer than about my ‘self-control’!! Here it is in it’s new home….Crocosmia ‘Carmen Briljant’

Oh well, that’s that for another year….happy weekend day-trips everyone! Hope the sun keeps shining!

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Lovely blog Karen,and stunning displays,especially the young lady with the mouth watering spud Lol.The piglets are so gorgeous,I want one...:o) and the veg from Yorkshire,eh? ..:o)))))

3 Sep, 2010


Of course Bloomer...where else?! lol

3 Sep, 2010


What a lovely day out for you both, Karen, I love the Bonsai display and wonder how many hours of patient pruning have gone into those ? Not sure about the silver spheres in the gravel garden though !

3 Sep, 2010


It all looks great and very scrumptious Karen, Rachel looks to be enjoying her spud, of course the veggies came from Yorkshire, best county in the country.
glad Maureen has some relatives in Scotland, wonder if her accent is as good as Maureens. lol. Lovely pictures, lovely flowers, get the paint brushes out not flower arranging. Paint pots out for you, just get on with it and paint. You could always paint and print your own cards for Christmas, that would keep you out of mischief.

3 Sep, 2010


I love flower shows but not within easy reach of any really good ones. Too short for Chelsea, as it's so crowded up close, and hate the crowded tube trains. Love Tatton but GJ not well, so can't travel far. That's why GoY is so valuable when lovely pictures of where members have visited are posted. and I can look round in comfort. My favourites are Bonzai and huge veggies ( memories of Southport flower show with my mum).

4 Sep, 2010


Thanks everyone.

Mum, I think you are right about the painting..thanks!

Dorjac, glad you enjoyed it so much! :))

4 Sep, 2010


Looks like you both had a very enjoyable day, glad the weather was good to you. Like your new crocosmia, I just bought Limpopo. ;-)

5 Sep, 2010


love it Grindle, perfect colour for the season! hope you love Limpopo too :))

5 Sep, 2010


Gorgeous picts of a lovely show, Karen.....I almost felt that I was there.... :~))

5 Sep, 2010


I do ;-))

6 Sep, 2010


I love crocosmia, such a cheery little plant, I'm definitely going to get myself one of them once we've dug our beds out!

6 Sep, 2010


They are Donna, and very colourful in the autumn garden. I feel that here in the North it is important to try to achieve some all-year-round colour. Our summers are so short! So as well as autumn flowering bulbs like Agapanthus, Crocosmias, Colchicums, Nerines (if you have a warm sunny spot) and Schizostylis; I also try to have more than one third of my plants evergreen so that there is something all through the winter. Winter flowering shrubs like Hammamelis and Viburnum Bodnantense are also a great bonus if you have room for them (which I don't), but I do love all my Hellebores which give me all year round architectural foliage and flowers from January to May. Can I also recommend Cornus Mas, a small deciduous tree that flowers very early in the year, with tiny acid yellow flowers and has autumn fruits (red) and lovely autumn foliage colours.

6 Sep, 2010


Love the little piggies! How nice to have a daughter who will go to something garden related with you, Rachel looks very pretty. Ella is pretty too, shame about the pink skunk styled hair!
I am passionate about all year colour in the garden and have stopped my self from digging out some shrubs to make bigger flower borders this summer. I'm Sure I will be glad come mid-winter :-))))

6 Sep, 2010


I think you will Ann! Thanks, yes she is lovely with her long auburn locks and long skinny legs! She's the image of me...but me after being stretched out a foot on a rack (she's 5'11") and 27 years younger!! lol ;) x good to hear from you!

6 Sep, 2010


Mines a midget!!!! shorter than me and I'm only 5'4, but she stands out in a crowd bless her :-))))

6 Sep, 2010


ah, petite but stunning eh? Rachel is lucky, her boyfriend is 6'4" so she's all set....for now anyway...she can even wear her heels!

7 Sep, 2010

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