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Contribution from David Hoare 24 August 2013, 16:32top / bottom of page

We welcome you all and the Channel Hoppers to the next AUTUMN SOUTH SHOW at Rainham Girls School, Derwent Way, Rainham, Kent. ME8 0BX










Plant Sales from 9am Show open 12noon or before

Look forward to seeing you David Hoare

Contribution from David Hoare 25 September 2013, 12:29top / bottom of page

Please bring along any plants to sell on the AGS Plant Stall, double lable them please

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

David and the Kent Show Team.

Contribution from Margaret Young 27 September 2013, 17:04top / bottom of page

If the cooler weather and colouring foliage up here in NE Scotland is anything to go by, your show will truly be an AUTUMN South Show on the 28th, David - hope it's a super day for all concerned.

Contribution from David Hoare 29 September 2013, 20:53top / bottom of page

Farrer Medal plant Diplodium coccinea shown by Tony Jenkins from Maidstone one of the Kent Show Team, his first Farrer well done Tony.

Contribution from Tim Ingram 30 September 2013, 18:32top / bottom of page
A View of the Show

At the entrance to the Rainham Show, we (Copton Ash) prepared a small display based around growing alpines in troughs, along with some pictures of the alpine stand at the Kent Garden Show earlier in the year. From here, to the left, were the various nurseries - pictured, ourselves growing many dryland plants and small perennials and Little Heath Farm with a valuable range of woody plants and perennials as well as alpines. These are the one side of the Show especially attractive to visitors and new growers - and of course to those of us who have grown plants for very many years (for example I picked up several rare species long looked for; Thalictrum diffusiflorum and Sorbus poteriifolia, plus several others).

A View of the Show

The Show itself never fails to please for the variety of plants, and is especially interesting at a time of year as autumn draws in and a new range of flowers and fruits come to the fore. To show something of this variety here are: a clever arrangement of sempervivums (from Michael Sullivan), a new Eucomis hybrid, 'Baby Opal' (from Anne Vale), a fine plant of Trochocarpa thymifolia (from Tim Lever), and a most beautiful floral arrangement (from Lee and Julie Martin).

Contribution from Tim Ingram 30 September 2013, 18:53top / bottom of page

Cyclamen are always a great highlight (and in the garden too!). C. graecum (this one from Kent's own Pauline O'Leary) will grow in the garden but never produces the freedom of blossom as under glass, and must have the finest and varied leaf patterns of any species. Relatively rarely grown and seen, C. colchicum (from Tony Jenkins) made a lovely specimen. In our garden good old C. hederifolium grows in very great variety, and amongst them the form - now given distinct status), confusum (Pat Nicholls). This really is a good plant as the third picture shows. Finally one of Peter Moore's distinct selections of C. mirabile, 'Tilebarn Anne' (Ivor Betteridge), a particularly good plant for a pot or trough.

Ericaceous berrying shrubs are equally colourful, but perhaps rather less grown. Three examples: Myrteola nummularia (Cecilia Coller), Gaultheria crassa 'John Saxton' (a very attractive plant from Tim Lever), and G. mucronata 'Mulberry Wine' (Clive Dart).

Amongst the flowers and berries, foliage provides contrast, and notably that of ferns. These two groupings from two different growers are similar, but show the attractive variation in these very appealing plants.

(from Ivor Betteridge and Don Peace).

There were several different colchicums, which can be such magnificent garden plants at this time of year. The first, C' 'The Giant' (Andrew Ward), well known and living up to its name. The second, much rarer and rather beautiful for its tesselated flowers, C. macrophyllum (Bob & Rannveig Wallis). I eagerly await seeing flowers like these on plants grown from JJA seed - and this plant is also has very remarkable foliage in the garden.

Finally three examples of groupings of plants, from Anne Vale, Bob and Rannveig Wallis and Cecilia Coller, showing fine contrast and, of course, beautifully grown.

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