Posted in : In the field
Yeah, it's showtime! Usually we don't have enough flowers to enter the Southport Flower Show as the majority of our blooms are timed to come out the week later when all the serious championship events take place, but this year all the shows are in a very brief period, the majority of the ones that we enter are done and dusted 3 weeks from now! So, we went to Southport with a few blooms ... and trounced them .... I can't wait until they realise that Barry thought we had some right crap flowers ( the first ones usually are ) and that we should have far better for the rest of the shows .... maybe they should just all give up now?
As usual Barry and Wendy set off with a van full of flowers and came back with a van full of trophies. Of course the only reason that we ever win is to down to my dedication to bimbling and absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they actually know one end off a flower from the other. Such is the burden I must bear Of course the fact that we're into the showing season means that the large and samll greenhouses are now filled with some fantastic dahlias .... several of which are planted in the wrong spot, glad I'm not the one that labels the cuttings! ... The downside is, it hasn't really been sunny enough to truly appreciate the time that I spend with them every day. Whilst they cheer up even the most grim day, they really look there best when the suns shining and your sat amongst them with a beer and a smoke, reading a good book .... of course you have to get up every now and then to turn the next irrigation system on ... but it's worth the hardship
Our next show is tomorrow, Barry's picking our entries as I'm typing this, but I'll get some pics before he sets off. I'll also be able to update you with the show pictures a lot sooner as well, as this show is our own Societies show and is being held in Lancaster, which is just up the road from here. For now you'll just have to drool over last weeks flowers
Posted in : In the field
I've not made a post for ages because I've been busy recoding my gallery plugin to make the whole process shedloads less manual and a lot more idiot friendly ... although I'm currently the only idiot using it ... I've also had the ballache of recoding the demo magento skin to make it work with the release version of the software .... ah well, at least it'll be a very custom skin I suppose .... anyway, enough about coding, this post is meant to be about the field.
As usual we've had a fair amount of mixed weather, about all we haven't had is hail, thank god it's summer huh? Whilst rain isn't exactly my idea of perfect shorts weather, hell it's not even my idea of "go outside" weather, at least it put our new drainage system to the test ... it passed with flying colours ... in fact, all of the beds are in pretty good nick this year. Anyway, seeing as I had to go water the beds that were already under cover, I decided to nick Gary's camera and take a few pics.
In all fairness to the weather, the sun has *almost* managed to fulfil it's contractual duties of 12 hours of sunshine for summer ... of course, we hoped it'd do it all in one day, not spread it over several weeks :-S. Ahhh well, at least I got some good photos that didn't involve water
It's a hard life having to bimble around all summer in my shorts looking after dahlias