RHS Tatton Flower Show

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Although the RHS Tatton flower show is a couple of days ago is seems like it could be months, especially considering the weather has drastically since Liss and visited it last Saturday. On the day I was sweltering. The sun was scorching both the grass and the visitors. Shade was a much sort after commodity.

And then, over night the rain came and it seems to have been here ever since. In twelve hours over Saturday night / Sunday morning, according to our garden weather station rain gauge, 41mm fell. The average rainfall for Manchester in July is about 60mm. On Monday we had a localised thunderstorm here in Bramhall that turned the streets into rivers. It only lasted half an hour but another 12mm fell. Today it’s rained on and off throughout the day but (only) 7mm has fallen up to now. According to my calculations that makes up one month’s rainfall in just 5 days. Mustn’t grumble though, July also gave us three weeks of heat wave, with the temperature topping out at blistering 33.8C in our garden.

That’s enough about the weather for now. Time to talk about the highlights of the Flower Show: I always like looking around the floral marque and seeing the beautifully presented displays. Perhaps buying a packet of seeds or two or maybe a plant that captures my eye.

The large gardens were spread out around the site so it wasn’t easy to compare one with another but the one particularly caught my photographic eye was “A Stainless Century” by designer Phil Hirst and sponsored by the housing provider, The Sanctuary Group. This garden not only won a Gold Medal but was also awarded the best in show. Made with over 700 plants and a variety of steel products it represented the city of Sheffield in miniature. The seven steel arches were used to mirror the seven hills on which Sheffield is built. People who know Sheffield better than I do would recognise other iconic buildings from the city including the Winter Gardens and the “cheese grater” car park. The building of the garden took two weeks to complete but was not without its challenges. The builder requested a flat level plot, but was given a plot that sloped down from front to rear just where the garden stepped up in height. Several extra tonnes of material had to brought in to keep the design to plan, with steel side supports made to keep it all in. Fortunately for the builder the weather made the design possible to complete on time. It’s a good job Tatton wasn’t this week or all that hard work would have been washed away.
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