Six things (not) in my garden today.  If you want to join in and share 6 things from your garden then here is to how to participate https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/ It’s fun, you see interesting things in other people’s gardens and lovely 6ers chat and comment on your pics.

I haven’t managed to blog on this site since the beginning of September, and here we are at the end of it.  After a busy day professionally yesterday, today I’ve been relaxing at the Malvern Autumn Show.  It’s been an absolute joy of a day, warm sunshine, cloudless blue skies and the backdrop of the Malvern Hills looking wonderful.  So, in order to avoid another no-blog-Saturday, I am going to cheat and show you a few things that aren’t in my garden, but are garden related.

To set the scene – this is a bit of the spine of hills that make up the Malverns.  The show ground nestles just below them and the setting couldn’t be better.

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Considering how disappointing a lot of veg has been this year, I was most impressed to see these  below.  Entrants in the Giant Vegetable Show, they really were huge.  Those onions were as big as my head, the leek thicker than my arm and the cabbage had to be seen to be believed.  I’ve no idea how they would taste, but someone worked hard on them to get them to this size!

The Flower Tent was also a delight.  Always helpful to see what’s looking good in autumn ready for next year, it didn’t disappoint.  Alstromeria in fine form – I find them very reliable in my garden and they can be cut and cut and they last really well in a vase.  The Heuchera were a really tempting display but I steeled myself and didn’t buy any, but they just looked beautiful.  And then of course, there were the Gladioli – my husband’s favourite.  Poker straight, full of colour and big blooms. They looked a treat.

And as I’m cheating this week, and I’ve already put up 7 pictures, I just couldn’t resist these sort of garden-related creatures (depending on the size of your garden, and whether you don’t mind having your plants pecked).  I love a pretty chicken and  this Sebright Bantam was adorable, next to it the big Rhode Island Red looks like a real monster, but was a beautiful bird.  The black turkey was just asking to be photographed – chest puffed out, tail spread and making that ridiculous noise that turkeys make.  There was a child next to the cage whispering ‘sage and onion, sage and onion’ to it….

Hope you enjoyed this quick visit to Malvern Autumn Show!!  Windfalls, anyone?

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The Optimistic Gardener

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