Harrogate flower show 9/17

LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,360

The Harrogate autumn flower show is home to the National Vegetable Championships as well as to specialist competitions (dahlias, bonsai, carnations, honey etc).  There aren't many show gardens here, unlike some of the higher-profile shows, but a lot of nurseries have displays and plants for sale.  Many of these are specialist growers.

Here are a few photos to give you a feel of this year's offerings.  If fruit and veg float your boat, you might like these:

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Seriously overgrown courgettes there...image

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A prizewinning pot leek

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Horned melons or Kiwano fruit

"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,360

    Some photos from the show gardens and borders:

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    Now some entries in the floral competitions:

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    These have to be the biggest begonia flowers I've ever seen!

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    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,360

    And now some displays from the specialist nurseries:

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    Sarracenias

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    Not sure I like these coleus, to be honest... but they're certainly eye-catching

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    Petals on a specialist rose display

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    Fabulous gladdies...  

    That's it folks.

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,296

    Thanks for the pics Liri.

    Anyone tasted a horned melon?

    SW Scotland
  • Pat EPat E Posts: 8,156

    Not me Joyce. It doesn't look very tempting. 

    Lovely photos Liri. Thanks.

    S. E. NSW
  • Amazing pics! Somewhere i will have to go next year!

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,470

    Great photos, Liri. Those veg displays floated my boat! Not that I have any ambitions in that direction - quite the opposite. But I love seeing them all laid out so perfectly. And that apple and blackberry picture is the essence of autumn isn't it?

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 5,360

    Indeed it is, LG. image  It was a competition between baskets of home-grown fruit, and that was the winning entry, I think. 

    I've only once eaten a medlar - and that was a time too many.  But I could happily have scoffed the rest of the fruit! 

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,470

    Never had one, doubt I ever will - but they do look amazing. 

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 1,620

    Was thinking about going, wish I did now image.  Always next year though image

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