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The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - My First Garden Show of the Year

By Ozhene @papaver

I am going to admit that when the Belvoir Flower and Garden Show was postponed from July to September because of the pandemic I shook my head and thought 'it's not going to happen'. I thought it was wishful thinking and doomed to be cancelled. Thankfully I could not have been more wrong.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

Despite the weather forecast being fairly good, it decided to rain whilst I was driving to the show. My main concern, I have to say, was I had left the washing out. Oh well. Once I got to the show it kept looking quite dark, but the rain held off, (and the washing was dry when I got home). The sign posting to the show was good, apart from the rogue sign that I swear sends you off down someone's drive, it made me smile as I nearly fell for that sign last time I went so I was ready for it this time. Parking was nicely organised and I was soon making my way down to the queue to enter the show.

Yes there was a queue. At first my heart sank a little but then I realised that this was to help control numbers in the show. So as people left they let more people enter; I am not going to grumble about that at all.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

About fifteen minutes later and I was in. Inside the show there was plenty of space for people to peruse the stalls and stay socially distant.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

I, however, was on a quest. There was one plant I was not going to leave the show without: the new introduction from Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants ' Anemone Frilly Knickers'. Nothing was going to happen until I had secured one. This achieved I then settled down to enjoy the rest of the show.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

There was much to see. I dropped in to watch Jonathan Moseley demonstration sharing his love of flowers which was fascinating and entertaining.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

The chairs were all well spaced so that people could sit comfortably and feel safe.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

One of the features of the show is the design competition sponsored by the London College of Garden Design. There are a series of borders and they show how much you can do within a small space.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

It was good to see so many people looking at these displays. They clearly attracted a lot of interest.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

There were also many stalls selling all manner of things. I could not resist stopping to look at these sheep made by basket-maker Maggie Cooper. Maggie and I had a chat and I have to admit I did not know that there was a particular style of basket local to Castle Donington.

The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival 2020 - my first garden show of the year

and here is Frilly Knickers planted into the Spring Border - which, as the border's name suggests, is great in the Spring but lacks oomph for the rest of the year. I am hoping that its part-shade/moist conditions are perfect for my new plant. She is still rather young so I am not expecting flowers this year, which is fine, I need her to put down roots. I am pleased to see that after only a few days in the ground she is already throwing up some new foliage. This is a good healthy plant.

Stay safe all and be kind.


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