Well done mate. Just to get in the cards at a national is an achievement. The journey sounds typical when you just want a quiet uneventful trip.
Question on straightening stems: all I do is hold the stem crefully and run hand down the length of the stem exerting light pressure where required. You can't straighten a 'Distorted' stem, only one which is bent out more than normal and even then it can be tricky. I have snapped many a good one with my version of the Heimlech Manoevre
Thanks for all the comments. Must admit I got more pleasure out of this years show than last years when I got a couple of firsts. Now I know the pitfalls of a long journey, and am better at arranging, I can get better organised should I go again. Only trouble with missing a few days tying up is that they've gone all over the place, so I've spent most of today trying to get them in some sort of order for Wem Show next week. Will sort out photos tomorrow.
Checked the photos from Harrogate and they weren't very good. However, it's Wem show tomorrow so I'll take photos a lot earlier and hopefully they'll be better. As I said, some serious straightening of stems required but if all goes to plan I'll be entering 3 vases of 6, 2 vases of 6, one vase of red, one of any other colour, one vase of mixed. Blooms look nice at the moment,just wonky stems, and the length has reduced quite a lot with all this intense heat. Cut about 60, but there is just nowhere to store them to keep them cool. Hope to enter one vase of pink seedling and one of maroon in the 3 vases. The mixed vase will be all seedlings. There's a really dark pink one, white, cream, mauve, a pink with white base,and a lavender flush one.
vrgardens: Generally getting the back garden ready for winter. Lots to cut away and tidy up.
Oct 26, 2016 11:13:19 GMT
Geumlover: Autumn is the time to build the compost heap, or at least that's what the old books say.
Oct 29, 2016 19:56:34 GMT
robh: hi ian how are things your end yes if you have sonia id like when are you digging your tubers up this year
Nov 14, 2016 15:47:08 GMT
roofgardener: Good Luck to all Garden Friends as Storm Doris descends on us. Batten down the hatches, and keep safe everybody.
Feb 23, 2017 8:12:38 GMT
grindle: hope you don't get any flying greenhouses up there roofie
Feb 23, 2017 8:31:26 GMT
Rosie: I was thinking that too Grindle. We have snow...
Feb 23, 2017 10:28:34 GMT
supersid: could any one tell me what i am doing wrong with my hibiscus lisa bonita the leaves were nice shiney green now they are going white
Jun 2, 2017 15:11:37 GMT
Louise: Is anybody out there
Aug 5, 2018 6:34:42 GMT
Deleted: Oh well my books calling me for half the night
Sept 6, 2018 17:58:08 GMT
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Sept 28, 2018 17:25:34 GMT
joysie21: Do anyone buy the gardeners world magazine as I want to enter competitions I have the gardeners answer magazine which is free with lloyds club account
Nov 5, 2018 9:19:29 GMT
libralady: Hello Bess, I have resurrected your post about using elderflowers. I will try the fizz but could you please send your recipes for the cordial and syrup. Thanks and regards.
Nov 21, 2018 18:03:23 GMT
joysie21: i get the garden answer mag every month with free flower seeds which i dont need do anyone want them fo swaps
May 30, 2019 20:20:20 GMT
gail: Hello everyone...Wendy, Joan, Corinne. Please let me know if you can see me now.
Aug 10, 2019 9:01:47 GMT
heikki: Hello Wendy and all group,I hope you find now
Aug 13, 2019 19:18:08 GMT
libralady: Put the last of the Cosmos in a vase this morning, then pulled the rain-battered plants out. They have been beautiful all summer.
Oct 2, 2019 12:14:37 GMT
daitheplant: Just to say that Moira (LadyM) passed away from cancer in August.
Oct 28, 2019 20:50:24 GMT
SueA: So sorry to hear that daitheplant, I've only just noticed your message & all of us send our condolences. Take care.
Nov 15, 2019 9:00:59 GMT
kazzag1: Hi I am new to the board and a novice gardener who loves flowers!
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