Friday, 18 June 2010

Gardeners World Live at the NEC

My sister and I had a good day out on Wednesday when we visited the Gardeners' World Live exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham - especially as the ticket also included entry to the Good Food Show with all its free sampling! This was my favourite garden - the Girl Guides Centenary garden called "Stick in Time". A gorgeous planting of red field poppies, yellow corn marigolds and blue cornflowers designed by a Ranger Unit leader from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Carol Adams. The girls had written their thoughts about being Brownies and Guides on sticks which were placed in the beds of wild flowers they had grown from seed. It was a shame that we were not allowed to walk through the garden to read what was written on the sticks. How I'd love to have my wild patch looking as glorious as this!

Here's a few more things I liked: this clematis grown in a large container - great idea; Dibleys Nurseries' stand - our local nursery famous for winning 21 gold medals at Chelsea with their Streptocarpus plants; watching a snippet of Gardeners World being filmed - these little dolls were supposed to be the presenters I think; traditional skeps being made on the Honey Bees stand; and this lovely display with its Peony Black poppies - I love poppies and bought a packet of seeds so you may even see them here in a few weeks if I'm successful with my sowing.

I could add many more photos but I think this is enough before you start getting bored. I would have created a scrapbook page but my hard drive has crashed so I can't get at my scrapping files. Its in the freezer at the moment..... don't know if that will work but I can't think of anything else to do at the moment - I'll be weeping if I've lost all my photos!


  1. Not boring AT ALL!! Loved seeing your pics, and I pray that your computer didn't eat the rest of them!

  2. I could never be bored looking at flowers! Glad you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing these photos! Theresa

  3. How fun & what a great thing to experience with your sister! :) Aren't they the greatest!

  4. Beautiful flowers Ann - thanks for sharing. Glad you had a good day out.
    Can you have a look at my latest post as I have a mystery plant which you may be able to identify as you are a Gardner whereas I just do what I can!

  5. Yes Ann I think you are right.At first when i googled Hawkbit it was too much like a dandelion but this is more like mine
    quite beautiful I though.
    thanks for letting me know.
    hugs Linbyx

  6. So beautiful Ann. I just love spending time enjoying the quiet times and taking in the beauty of the world around me. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  7. Beautiful flowers Ann.


  8. Beautiful pics of the gardening show - I love those events! Went to one on my vaccation in Germany and got so excited!
    Enjoy your day!

  9. gardens really are a wonderful place to visit. Lovely photos, thank you.

  10. Hi Ann, Just found out from Jessica that we are partnered in the Whimsy Jar Swap. Of out to get a jar asap. Hope I won't disapoint.


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