July 25 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Green-fingered florists and gardening whizzes joined together in a bloomin’ marvellous display at the Flower and Garden Show marquee.
The colourful array always attracts a large number of visitors at the Royal Norfolk Show and this year’s two-day event featured masses of spectacular blooms, demonstrations and advice, flower arranging competitions, courtyard gardens and its own café.
The Flower and Garden Show co-ordinator, Ian Roofe, said although a lot of work went into putting the show on, the results were always worthwhile.
“It’s been manic but it’s been a good growing year,” he said. “We had a lot of selection and we’ve had plants which have held on later this year, with some coming earlier too - everything is meeting in the middle.
“The weather has been great and we’ve also had one or two new exhibitors.”
Members from the eastern group of the Delphinium Society, husband and wife Norman and Patricia Kemp, also praised the good plant-growing weather.
Mrs Kemp said: “As always the display at the show has been very, very good. It’s been absolutely excellent. When people see all the different types of flowers together they just say ‘wow’.”
Mr Kemp added: “The delphiniums especially have excelled themselves this year. They’ve been a little early but it’s been okay - that’s mainly due to the weather we’ve had.”
The Kemps also won a number of awards for their flowers including first and second place in the six florets, mixed cultivars section.
Flower clubs also got involved in the action, including Great Ellingham and Aylsham, who presented floral displays with the theme of the First World War and peace.
And one of the main attractions in the marquee was a beautifully knitted pergola, featuring more than 10,000 knitted flowers.
Organised by Livability Norfolk the Friends of John Grooms Court, the group received help from Norfolk Knitters and other knitting groups, both locally and from across the world, to bring the project to life.
Chairman Lady Laurel Walpole said: “It’s been a privilege to be able to display this at the show this year.”