Sunday, 13 April 2014

Cardiff flower show

On Friday my friend Edwina and I went to the Royal Horticultural Society flower show at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.  It was a lovely sunny day with just a few clouds.  There were lots of people there and lots of things to see.  

So many tempting stalls in the farmer's market, which I resisted but Edwina did by some puddings from the pudding shop. 

I did buy some plants though, some clematis and some herbs.  Some of the garden exhibits were representative of the type of garden that can be found in Cardiff's twin cities. 

This one celebrates the Chinese city of Xiamen with trees, rocks, water and a bridge.

Next is the city of Hordaland in Norway showing the type of architecture in the first picture and the lush vegetation and cobbled streets in the second.

The third city represented is Lugansk in Ukriane. This is a family orientated garden with a children's play area and a tree decorated with little dolls made by the children.

The building is a traditional banya (sauna) where the family relax after working in the garden. It is made entirely of recycled materials and the roof being made from car bonnets.

My favourite garden was this woodland garden.  I like the way they have used logs and slate

There were some birds of prey there too. Just love the owls.

I think the first one is the long-eared owl and second is a barn owl

And this one is a snowy owl

I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked because once I had bought my plants it was difficult to take pictures with my hands full.  There were 2 large marquees of flowers of all kinds. All so beautiful and colourful. The only flower photos I took were of the remarkable display of daffodil varieties.  I am sure this wasn't all the varieties there are. 

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