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We had been having some un-seasonally warm weather since beginning of April 2015, and as the 17th of the month approached, it had been forecast to get a lot cooler and possibly wetter, so what a pleasant surprise it was to wake up to a relatively warm day for the first day of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society ) who holds its first Flower Show of the year in Cardiff.
As I set off from my home currently in the Vale of Glamorgan I had some reserves about it staying warm and dry, but it was a if fate was on our side as we drove into the city not only in warm sunshine but I immediately found some Street parking behind the City Hall which is less than 5 minutes walk from But Park, that surrounds Cardiff Castle.
The RHS has held its flower show here each year and this, it's 11th year had 50 exhibitors that have travelled from all over the UK. With dry weather forecast and based on pre-show ticket sales, over 20,000 visitors are expected to pass through its grounds this year.
Being just a general dog's body, I would class myself as a complete novice when it comes to gardening. I can cut lawns and hedges and dig mostly, and can grow without problems Lupins and the Fuschias, but leave the rest of the planting to my wife. But what has always impressed me about the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff is the friendliness and freely-given advice by the exhibitors that attend.
One exhibit that I was particularly intrigued by was the "Kitchen Garden" created by a young lady Called Vicky, from my home city of Swansea who won the Best in Show and Gold award. More on Victoria's work can be found on her website at www.victoriawade.co.uk
Apart from some stunning show gardens and exhibitions on view, the RHS Flower hosted a competion for the yoounger and future gardeners from schools in and around Cardiff with a Wheelbarow competition.
The show also featured displays and advice on how to keep your garden nature friendly. For hedgehogs there was a feature called the Hedgehog Hideaway which showed good habitats for the hedgehogs and what to do to make your garden safe for these threatened species. I have personal experience with hedgehogs in my garden and keep a pile of pruned tree branches and twigs in one corner. Quite often I see them walk across the garden in search of worms, slugs and snails, and our lupins and hosters rarely become a meal of the latter.
A display, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff, suggested way to attract bugs by creating what they called a "bug hotel" in your garden - all good stuff to support wild life. Many bugs do a tremendous amount of good work in the garden, and provide food to protect our bird life that is in decline in the UK. This project is a partnership between the RSPB and Cardiff City Council and funded by the money raised from carrier bag sales at Tesco's supermarkets.
Thank you for reading this far down the page... I have barely scratched the surface on what is available to the visitor of the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff, and would suggest you visit their website for more information. For now, please view the pictures that caught my eye during the show. I hope that this will inspire you to visit next year's show.