Monday, 19 September 2016

The Black Dragon.

Colocasia, The Black Dragon, has flowered.

One flower waiting to greet us when we arrived home from our week visiting Ireland was this little beauty.
The Colocasia is a new plant to Our Garden@19 this year, it was purchased during a holiday in Wales.

Are there Celtic forces at work here!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The White & Green Garden.

The White & Green Garden has been one of the success stories throughout the year at 
Our Garden@19.

These photos are a view in early September.

Rosa Iceberg has re-flowered following its dead heading... is one of the most reliable of roses.

Growing below is the Phlox paniculata 'White Admiral'...

...along with Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'.

One of my favourites is the swan necked lysimachia clethroides, with its graceful flower.

Providing colour and cover in the understory is the ever dependable Viola cornuta Alba.

What has provided you with the most satisfaction in your garden this year?

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Village Show.

Village Show (2016)

64th Hanley Swan and Hanley Castle Village Show
& Car Boot
August Bank Holiday weekend – Saturday 27th August 2016
Hanley Swan Village Hall
Doors open at 1.30 pm

This Year’s Show 2016

We hope you are looking forward to one of the major social events in the village calendar, as we start the preparations for the show once again. This year we have a number of categories to celebrate our village, both in the photography, and literature, we do hope you find this interesting to challenge your talents.
The Plant Stall will be here again this year, where we sell donated plants and produce. So if you have any surplus produce from your garden, or spare plants you don’t want to overwinter, your donations would be very welcome. These can be left at the Village Hall on either the Friday afternoon or the Saturday morning of the show.
We will have the local group of musician’s back, 4Tunes, to provide us with some music to entertain; they gave such a lovely atmosphere to last year’s show. After the success of the limerick last year, we are keeping with the poetry theme, but asking for a simple poem about The Hanleys. Anything that inspires you about our beautiful village, be it social, humorous, or the countryside. Whatever represents our village life.

The Car Boot is on!

The annual clear out of your garage and loft is as popular as ever. The costs is £7 a boot. Access to the field on Saturday for Car Boots is from 12.00 onwards – but please remember the show itself opens at 1.30 pm.

Teas and Cakes

Wonderful refreshments and home made cakes will be available from 1.00 pm onwards courtesy of the kind volunteers from the Hanley Castle WI. The added bonus of Bacon Baps is also on the cards.     

From the Village Website

We endeavour to enter some classes in the show, although we do not grow anything specifically for the show bench, I usually also enter the photography sections.
We also encourage our two granddaughters to enter in the children's sections.

The stage is set with a table laden with cups donated by villagers over the 64 years of the show.
Staging of exhibits has to be completed by 10.30am when judging begins.

Some impressive onions...

...and leeks...

...the children's and photo classes.

One of the many floral art sections, this one with an Olympics theme 'Road to Rio'...

...this was the winning arrangement in the 'Your Majesty' section.

My David Howard dahlias didn't win a prize...

...happily Thomas A Edison won first in its class...

...and the Pelargonium 'Frank Hedley' won third.

My photo won first prize in the photography class 'The Hanleys', it is a view looking across the village pond towards the Swan Inn.

The real stars of the show for us were the grandchildren, below are some of their prize winning exhibits.
Louise's vegetable animal... work...


...miniature garden...

...and pizza.

Rebecca's vegetable owl...

... a heart birthday card in the children's art class...

...her miniature garden...

...and her necklace in handicraft, please read the note describing how she made it...

...and finally her cup cakes in terracotta pots promoting the NGS open gardens charity.

Rebecca won five firsts and one second with six entries.
Here receiving one of her many cups and rosettes.

This event is well supported both with village and outside competitors including some specialist growers. The majority are, like us, just doing it to support the show, it is a bonus if you win anything.
Congratulations should also go to the committee that organises the show, it is a huge amount of work.

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