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Harrogate Show: flowers, floristry, Borderline

Probably my favourite dahlia of the day
Probably my favourite dahlia of the day

The beauty of blooms in the Floral Pavilion and Borderline awards

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is not all about giant veg (see more on them here) – there’s a clue in the name.

The Floral Pavilion is chock full of more than 5,000 stunning exhibition blooms in a multitude of classes – centre stage are the dahlias and chrysanthemums, of course, some as big as your head.

To be honest, I prefer my flowers a little less perfect in a garden setting – these blooms are so exquisite, they almost look as if they’re computer generated.

It’s the colour blends of the dahlias which really catch my eye, especially the ones that look like sunsets or cocktails. Read into that what you will.

I’ve included my favourites here – for my review on the whole show, click here.

NAFAS displays

The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS)’s northern branch used crafts as its theme this year – here are the highlights.

Celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley created an installation along with interior specialist Furnish and Fettle based on how to make the best of seasonal blooms.

For more information, visit www.nafas.org.uk.

Borderline

This is an excellent example of how to inspire ordinary gardeners – designers or organisations get a border measuring just 3.6m x 1.8m or 2.4 x 1.2m to play with.

There are some lovely planting combinations here, most easy to grow and obtain by all – congratulations to Horticap for winning two Golds!

For more information, visit www.flowershow.org.uk.

 

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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