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The wonderful Spring Show, which should have been happening in a couple of weeks’ time, has had to be cancelled. This is typical of why:

It’s the dreadful weather we had last week. If people were lucky enough to escape without any damage to their properties, and with all their trees intact, their gardens were not equally fortunate. The snow, the dry, cold wind and then Storm Emma have put paid to our dreams of filling the village hall with the glorious scent of daffodils en masse.

Even tough winter plants didn’t survive:

Poor hellebores.

So, following a ring-round of the most prolific exhibitors – the flower arrangers, too, were having problems: no decent foliage was left – and the committee, we made the unhappy decision to cancel the show this year. So very sorry – but we’ll be back next year, and better than ever.


The Spring Show, 2017

The Spring Show is always a delight. The hall is filled with the scent of all the daffodils, reminding everyone of the fact that they do have a strong perfume, the colours are a joy after winter.

(This was a prize-winning entry in one of the Flower Arranging classes.)

This year was no exception and, amazingly given some of the strange weather we have had, entries were up. It’s been difficult keeping on top of quality – wind and sudden sharp drops in temperature have taken their toll – but there was a stunning and varied selection.

One of the most spectacular entries was this gorgeous orchid, in the class for flowering pot plants:

and how about this pot of beautiful species tulips, which was judged best in show for the non-Flower-Arranging classes?

But there were some little charmers as well, like this Anemone blanda, one of three – the class demands three identical blooms – which managed to stay presentable (and open) during the show.

Many, many thanks to everyone who entered, everyone who came along, to the judges and the stewards and the committee and the show organisers. Lovely day!

(And apologies for the delay in this post, caused by a mixture of work, computer problems and – hopefully – the last nasty bug of the winter.)

Spring show and swapping seeds

It’s been a very odd winter and early spring but, despite conditions which saw daffs flowering before Christmas and many gardens much boggier than usual, the annual Spring Show was still a very impressive display. Many of us have had problems with hellebores this year (look up ‘hellebore black death’ and keep your fingers crossed) – but not all of us:

Mary's hellebores

These, from Mary, won best in show for the non-flower-arranging side.

Margaret’s best in show flower arrangement was lovely too:

Margaret's flowers

Two of the most instantly stunning exhibits were a magnificent Clivia (even the leaves were perfection) and a gorgeous amaryllis. Needless to say, they both won firsts in their classes.

In the evening, quite a few of us gathered to have a glass of wine (or elderflower cordial) and nibbles. We were there to swap seeds

veg seeds

or take away some plants (the broad beans and begonias were particularly popular), and there was much chatting and general winding down – very enjoyable. And very tasty on the food front, not to mention those begonias.

baby plants

We hope everybody enjoyed themselves. The exhibitors should all be very proud – particularly James, who won the under-5 moss garden with an entry which everyone adored – and huge thank you to everyone!

Here’s a gallery of highlights, including that moss garden. Just click on an image for a slideshow.


Spring is definitely here…

…even if it’s sooooo cold and there are reports of snow on the tops. It’s here because we’ve just had the Spring Show.


Admittedly there wasn’t a single entry in the tulip class this year, and there was a marked absence of white daffodils, but the show was still spectacular.

The sweetest little bowl of pushkinia (‘any other flowering bulbs/corms in a pot’) won best in show:


So unusual, and so perfect.

The flower arranging was particularly well supported this year – check out the photographs in the gallery below – but there were also a lot of entries in other classes, especially the species, dwarf and miniature daffodils class.

miniatures etc

(Last year, this class was comparatively light, so we’d allocated it a smaller space. We had to move it to a larger table – and even so this was taken before everyone had brought their entires in. An amazing variety!)

Here are a gallery of images from the day. Just click on one for a slideshow, where you’ll see the captions fully (and click on the little X at the top to return to the post). There are some more on our Facebook page, too, which is here.


Catching Up!

Rain today, which has given me the opportunity to sit in front of the computer and update the Dyffryn and Talybont Gardening Club blog!

Apologies for slight hiccup in reporting events here:- I seem to have been tied to the potting bench for the last 2 months.

To recap:-

Sadly I was away for the March Spring show, which took place on a Saturday this year, it also moved from its usual venue of the Church Hall to the Village Hall, and this combination meant that while entries were slightly up on last year, visitor numbers were down. It was however a lovely show which Kate has written about in a blog post titled “Gardeners are Mad”

Our press officer Sian Ward also wrote this piece:-

“There was an increase in entries for the club’s spring show on 22nd March at Dyffryn Ardudwy village hall.

Chairman Tony Bowers thanked exhibitors of all ages, despite recent weather conditions for wonderful displays, the committee for their support and to all those who had made the event a success including judges Mrs Dutton and Mrs Killick, hall committee, photographer Mr Erfyl Davies and last but not least, the visitors.

Club president Guy Lloyd presented a cup to the best flower or shrub exhibit to Sandra Prior and to Pam Bowers for the best flower arrangement and also a bowl for the best show exhibit. Congratulations to all winners and a full list of winners will be available on the club’s website.

Winners were: Large cup/trumpet daffodil or narcissi Mark Roberts- Jones; small cup Kate Santon; double/split corona Bryan Gatehouse; small multi-flowered cup Kate Santon; dwarf/miniature Sian Ward; tulips Marilyn Woodley; hyacinths Bryan Gatehouse; any other flowering bulb/corm Guy Lloyd; polyanthus Marilyn Woodley; Primroses Elaine Watt; Hellebores Marilyn Woodley; camellia Tony King; flowering tree or shrub Sandra Prior; flowers not already mentioned Elaine Watt; flowering pot plant Margaret Lloyd.

Arrangement of spring flowers and foliage Pam Bowers; arrangement of spring flowers in a tea cup and saucer; arrangement of spring flowers and foliage in a basket with handle Pam Bowers

Children up to ten years old: picture of a beautiful garden Kara Woodley-Groves”.

April was the club’s A.G.M. held at the Royal St Davids Golf Club Harlech, again a report from Sian

“The AGM of the club was held on 14th April at Royal St. David’s, Harlech with thirty one members attending and nine apologies.

Chairman Tony Bowers welcomed all present before continuing with club business and his report on the last successful year’s events. Thanks were given to committee members for their support throughout the year.

Due to rising costs and to enable the continuation of quality speakers, it was voted in favour to increase the subscriptions to £5 per annum. These payments are now due to the treasurer.

A copy of the club’s constitution was circulated, with minor changes being accepted by those present.

The club’s charity, Air Ambulance had also written to thank for donations received.

Club president Guy Lloyd then presided over the election of officers. Retiring chairman Tony Bowers was thanked for all his work, firstly as vice chairman and chairman since 2011. He was presented with a gift as appreciation. Unfortunately Pam Bowers was unable to attend, but was presented with a bouquet of flowers as thanks for her support.

A bouquet of flowers was also presented to Sian Ward who was standing down as press officer since 2007.

Karen Hall was unanimously elected as the new chairman and Sue Hopwood as press officer, with Kate Santon filling the vacant committee post. All other committee members were re-elected.

Karen gave a presentation on the year’s forthcoming events and announced the winner of the preceding year’s competition winner with the most points as Tony King.

The meeting was then closed and members withdrew for dinner. Thanks to Royal St David’s for their hospitality.

Upcoming events are garden visits at 2pm on 28th April firstly to Bryn Dedwydd and then to Bryn Horeb, Dyffryn Ardudwy, followed by a trip to Chirk castle on 12th May. Contact Mary Howell for trip details”.


Err, yes, you read that right, I am the new Chairman of the gardening Club! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony for his stewardship of the club over the past few years and to Sian for her sterling work as press officer.

The programme for 2014/2015 is now up here and if you would like more information about the fabulous speaker John Massey MBE VMH that we have booked for June 2014, or to get a ticket, please drop me a line via the contact form



March Meeting 2013 – Press Release

There was an excellent turn out for our meeting on 10th March at Cors Y Gedol. All were welcomed by chairman Tony Bowers who reminded us of the club’s spring show on 22nd March at Dyffryn Ardudwy village hall. Volunteers would be appreciated to prepare the venue at 7pm on 21st March.

The AGM commences at 6.30 pm on 14th April at Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech, with a dinner after the meeting. A menu was circulated for those wishing to stay for the meal.

Our resident gardening expert Guy Lloyd provided his monthly tips, time to prune roses and hydrangeas, sow parsnips and plant onion sets but we must remain cautious due to the risk of frost. We were also shown some flowering shrubs from Ty Newydd.

Our evening’s speaker was Eurwyn Roberts of Felin Nurseries Dolwyddelan giving advice on dahlia and chrysanthemum propagation, growing on, tips on deterring pests and the need for vigilance against devastating viruses.

Questions were answered form the floor and the vote of thanks for a most enjoyable and informative evening was given by the chairman.

The winner of the monthly competition was Pauline Large.

Sian Ward

Press Officer

Press release – Spring Show

The club holds its spring show on Saturday 22nd March at Dyffryn village hall.

The show is open to all with no exhibitor’s fees or entry forms required.

There are nineteen classes including one for children up to ten years of age.

No cash prizes awarded except for the children’s section although cups will be awarded for the best exhibits in sections one and two. Cups are retained for one year.

Exhibits to be staged between 10am and 11.30am with doors opening to the public at 2pm. Refreshments and raffle available.

Schedules are available from local shops. Any queries – please drop an email via the contact page.