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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (Part 2)

By NEILMUIR1
July 19, 2011

Hampton Court Palace is in Surrey, which is to the west of London and lies on the side of the River Thames. The first Flower Show was held here in 1990 but it was not until 1993 that it became a Royal Horticultural Society Show. By concentrating on environmental issues, growing your own, and cookery, it was different from the Chelsea Flower Show. It also allowed people to test new tools and to buy plants, neither of which is allowed at the Chelsea Show until the last day. Please join me as I venture through the Surrey mud to see what I can find.

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Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Jul 19, 2011 9:52 PM CST
Thank you for such wonderful photos and great commentary.
Tami
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2011 10:43 PM CST
Dear Tami, I am so glad you enjoyed it. I thought you may miss it. There were some exciting things in it if you like carnivorous plants etc. Glad to hear from you and I trust you are well?
Did you like the orchids? Most people do, I know.
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Neil.
Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Jul 19, 2011 11:18 PM CST
Neil, I am not into orchids. They are beautiful but I have never had a yearning to plant them. I really enjoyed the Dahlias, Aliums, hollyhocks and Mandevillas. Of course the lavenders in the pictures are lovely. I can almost smell them from here. Drooling I have a Sarracenia 'Doodlebug' plant that looks very much like the one pictured. I await the Part 3. Smiling
Tami
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2011 11:43 PM CST
Dear Tami, I have a Sarracenia flava 'Maxima" that grows well here and keeps the wasps down.
Hollyhocks I love, everyone grows Alium, and of course lavender. Dahila's are a problem hare as they get invaded with ear wigs, which is a pain!
We also grow a lot of Canterbury bells, and bluebells as well.
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Tami Smith
Naylor, GA (Zone 8b)
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mollymistsmith
Jul 20, 2011 11:28 PM CST
Neil, it is a shame about the ear wigs devouring your dahlias. I have not had any pests on mine this year.
Tami
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 21, 2011 12:07 AM CST
Dear Tami, it has been a very strange year for a lot of pests and plant happenings! For instance although it has not stopped raining for the last two weeks now, but we did get an hour break in the weather which gave me time for a look around! There are a lot of hollyhocks out next to a Magnolia in full bloom and two daffodils! How strange is that, everything apart from the hollyhocks are completely out of season! To make natters even worse, the new neighbour we have does not look after her garden at all, so now we have bindweed coming through! There was only a bit at first, but when I looked yesterday, it has grown everywhere.That is going to take a lot of clearing up as it roots if it touches the soil and spreads even more! I have tried to complain to her but she does not speak English and thought bindweed was vegetable and was eating it! What a nuisance that is!
Luckily my tree ferns are enjoying the rain and the Japanese maples, as we had such a dry spell and now it is like a marsh outside!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Tami Smith
Naylor, GA (Zone 8b)
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mollymistsmith
Jul 22, 2011 3:01 PM CST
Daffodils? In July? Wow, that would be a strange sight. Smiling They don't last long here as we don't have much of a spring in south Georgia. We almost go from cold to hot overnight. I wish they lasted longer because I really like tulips and daffodils but, alas, they don't like the heat.
Tami
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 22, 2011 9:11 PM CST
Dear Tami, normally our springs start in February and last till the end of April depending on the weather. But it can go on longer if the weather is bad early on in the year!
Seeing spring in the UK is wonderful as we have masses of Daffodils, Iris, crocus, snowdrops, Hyacinths, grape Hyacinths, tulips, pansies, primroses, and flowering spring shrubs. Even some of the trees join in.
I suppose it would be nice to have hot weather as we are always complaing about the cold weather, but the British are not made for hot climates. When we get a 'Heatwave here and it goes above 80F then everybody complains!
Regards.
Neil.

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