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.


April Members Garden Visit

10 days ago two of our members kindly threw open their gates and allowed the gardening club to peer, poke, and generally wander around their gardens.

The afternoon was a glorious April afternoon, unlike today, as the rain and cold has driven me indoors to catch up with “indoor things”

The first garden we visited was kindly hosted by Gill and Roger Garner. They have been gardening at Bryn Dedwydd for 18 years and the garden has a gentle established air to it and looked delightful in the late spring sunshine. One of the pleasures in this garden was the “rooms” or areas, each with visual treats. One of the things I wanted to take home (apart from the dreaming hare pictured below) was the magnificent climbing hydrangea on the wall of the house. I also enjoyed Gill and Rogers quirky attention to detail in the placement of ornamentation in the garden.

Bryn Dedwydd

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Kate’s garden is a garden I know well – and it was interesting to see it through other members eyes. Kate worked hard in her garden last year, and the new beds she has created are certainly paying dividends this year. The cirsiumrivulareatropurpurm was making its presence felt in the central border. I also enjoyed the camassia in the new chapel border, I was so busy enjoying it, that I forgot to photograph it! At the top of Kates garden is a bench, overlooking the meadow, over the rooftops of the village with a view to the sea and the Llyn peninsular. Here looking out over Kate’s garden and surrounding scenery it was lovely to sit for a while and let all the busyness fade away.  Kate’s garden was also the place where we had that most important part of any garden visit …. tea and cake.

Bryn Horeb

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A big thank you to Gill, Roger and Kate for throwing their gardens open to the members of Dyffryn and Tal y Bont gardening club, we all had a wonderful afternoon.

Our May meeting is a trip to Chirk Castle, on the 12th May 2014. There will be a members garden visit to Sue and David Beasly in Trawsfynedd on the 17th May 2014. Our June meeting will be in the village hall, when we welcome John Massey as our speaker. More information can be found here.

Garden Visiting – Members Gardens

Two of our members Elaine and Val kindly opened their gardens to the members of the gardening club.

Despite the fact that this year all our gardens seem to be several weeks behind what they “should” be it was a delight to visit two different and interesting gardens in one afternoon.

Elaine’s garden has some beautiful spring-flowering shrubs, with bold colour schemes and shapes. She also has a new greenhouse as the last storms demolished her original greenhouses. I confess to having greenhouse envy when I saw the new structure!

Elaine's Garden


Val’s garden has a romantic charm to it, with a stream, cows grazing in the fields, arbours and sitting areas, some fascinating planting combinations …. and … tea & cake!

Val's garden

Our thanks go to both Elaine and Val for opening their gardens to us in what can only be described as a difficult spring and also for the wonderful tea that Val put on for members when we reached her garden. The afternoon was a pleasure and I enjoyed visiting both gardens.



Spring Show – March 27th 2013

Last month, I found the talk on climate change fascinating, the two things that I remember most are;- that the weather we would experience would generally become more extreme. (Think back to about this time last year when it was t-shirts, shorts and barbecues) and that there would generally be more wind. More wind there was! The village was hit by gales of wind for a period of 24 hours a week before our Spring Show. Trees and shrubs were uprooted, fences blown down and whole greenhouses completely transported into adjoining fields. The wind, combined with the cold weather meant that many gardens looked somewhat ravaged and with this in mind, (although entries were slightly lower than previous years) it was wonderful to see such a turn out at the Dyffryn and Talybont Gardening Club Spring Show yesterday.


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Sadly some flowers did not put in an appearance at the show this year, noticeably tulips, hyacinths and white daffodils. But members searched through their camellias and found blooms that were undamaged by the wind and salvaged daffodils laid low by the weather.

I really enjoyed the “exhibit of flowers not already mentioned” category – here were found some spring gems, made more precious by their diminutive size, and these shy blooms meant that there was peering, lots of peering!


22 different people won places for their entries at the show – and some of these were won by our newest members. One of our new members has written about entering the village show for the first time;- Surprises and the Spring Show. (This link will open in a new window)

Local children also entered their Spring Collages, which were very jolly and a complete joy to see.

To everyone who took part – big thanks for entering your flowers and flower arrangements and making the day such a success.

The next meeting will be the AGM, which will be held at the Harlech Golf Club on the 8th April 2013 at 6.30 p.m.  and members are most welcome to attend the meeting, even if they have opted out of the dinner.