garden photography: spring flower show

August’s theme is Open Gardens, or a Flower Show

(This can be a local flower show in your village or town, a national show like Chelsea, Hampton Court etc. or maybe even a small garden open for charity or to the public several times a year)

A flower show is a quintessential English thing. I remember from being a young child that even small village fetes had competitions for dahlias, roses, sweetpeas, gladioli and floral bouquets etc. as well as the cake stall and jams and preserves and who could grow the largest marrow.

In Cornwall the Garden Society holds a spring flower show every year, usually in early April and held at Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel. There are competitive classes, trade stands, show gardens and gardening experts on hand. I have only been once and it was a particularly cold day so I didn’t stay long. They also open their grounds to the public several times a year during May so people can visit the woodlands when they are at their best.


Of course at the time of my visit I didn’t actually live in Cornwall and didn’t even have a garden, so although tempted by some of the offerings on sale there seemed little point.

Now though there could be room in the garden for a statue or two. Small ones that is.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

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  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.
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45 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    Whoopee! I’m first! No I bet somebody beats me while I woffle on. 🙂 I’ll go and find you a statue or two. Happy Sunday, Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yup! You are the first! Now where are those statues… 😀

      1. restlessjo says:

        To follow 🙂 🙂 Just back from a 65th birthday afternoon tea. Cakes to drool over.

        1. Heyjude says:

          How civilised to have a birthday tea. With cake. 😀

        2. restlessjo says:

          Plural 🙂 🙂

  2. That’s inspiring, Jude, love those carefree garden sprites in the last shot. Happily I visited the Chelsea flower show one year wow that was a showstopper of a garden exhibition. Here the Grabouw/ Elgin open garden weekends are the top visit in the Cape. Will be back with some pics.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suppose we think of Chelsea as being the best, but it is very crowded nowadays and I wonder how much you actually see.

  3. Sue says:

    Ah, I must dig out some old Chelsea’s for you….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, please do!

    2. restlessjo says:

      Yes, get a move on! 🙂 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        I posted earlier today, Jo…come on, pay attention!!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have just seen the link so over to have a look now 🙂

        2. restlessjo says:

          I’m getting there! Did you put a link in to Jude? I’ve just started visiting my commenters. Sorry but I had to walk, cook and eat tea- not simultaneously 🙂

        3. Sue says:

          Glad you weren’t multitasking to the nth degree, Jo!

  4. jennypellett says:

    I love those owls. But I think you’d need a group of them. And when does a group become a collection? It’s a slippery slope…

    1. Heyjude says:

      A group or even a collection, would look nice on my front steps.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    You have good eye my dear -m similar to mine! The sculpture of the two twirling girls with the copper globe behind, I have photos of both of these taken at Rosemoor a few years ago! And the owls have made it here sometime in the past 🙂
    Anyway next year you can go back to the spring show and make up for not buying anything this year!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Can’t wait! So many good nurseries down here and I have managed to avoid them so far as I want to see what is growing here already and also what might grow.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Morning, Jude! 🙂 Back with the statues 🙂

  7. Sue says:

    I posted for this earlier today, but WordPress hasn’t shown the link….

  8. Love that stare of owls, but the daffodils would win me over every time. Nothing says “Spring” quite like daffs. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      A ‘stare’ of owls should be the collective noun for them instead of parliament. And I agree with you about the daffs.

      1. I think it’s an alternative. My Bubo certainly knows how to stare into my bathroom window. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          A most wonderful alternative. 😀

  9. I think I have only been to one flower show – in Southport, and it was in the ‘olden’ days, before I either had a phone or camera with me almost all the time. It was quite busy, but not as bad as we see on TV when they show us Chelsea – it must be very hard to actually see anything there! I like your flower show here, which seems like a true celebration of flowers and gardens rather than anything commercialised.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Next year I am dedicating to visiting as many open gardens as possible.

      1. I am going to have to try and visit a show, or open garden, some time this month so that I can take part in the challenge – because I have nothing to offer so far! I think an open garden is my best shot, actually, as there will be more of them locally.

        1. Heyjude says:

          You haven’t been to Chelsea then? The photos can come from your archives.

        2. Nope – not been to Chelsea, or Hampton Court. The only one I have ever been to is Southport, but no photos from that day. And, sad to say, I have never been to an open garden – shocking really considering how much I love flowers and gardens!

        3. Heyjude says:

          Well you have a good excuse this month to find one 🙂

        4. Can you believe it – I have searched within a 50 mile radius of home and there is not one open garden in the rest of the month! There is one a bit further away, but we already have plans for that day.

        5. Heyjude says:

          I can indeed believe it, I am struggling to find one this month myself that is near enough to visit!

        6. Maybe I’ve missed my chance this year. I’ll have to wait until next year and then do a retrospective post for the theme!

        7. Heyjude says:

          Have you anything from previous years? It doesn’t have to be new photos, some of mine are from archives. If not then you can start thinking about September’s theme 😀

        8. I have nothing at all – not from a flower show, or open garden. I hope to have lots of entries for September – although I have used some of my best ones already, so I’ll have to get out there with my camera and maybe get some new shots.

        9. Heyjude says:

          Or unusual flowers to showcase. I’m still debating what to use as I have already posted about my favourites.

  10. Paula says:

    Blooms are nice, but I am a sucker for owls and these quirky sculptures!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The prancing ladies are such fun and owls are always popular. I quite fancy that rusty flower 🙂

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