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An Early Visit to Blackmore & Langdon
March 2008
Basil Billinger

   The new season starts early for our friends at Blackmore and Langdon based at Pensford on the outskirts of Bristol. With a number of RHS shows to attend their new season commences over the Christmas weekend when tubers are started, in a heated tunnel, to be ready for the Malvern Spring Show, taking place over the 2nd weekend in May. This is closely followed by Chelsea a few weeks later.

   Visiting in mid March it is an eye opener to see the scale of B&L’s operation. Many people only see the “finished article” so to speak at the shows. We know the work that goes in our own greenhouses but the general public probably does not appreciate what goes on “behind the scenes”.

   It is hoped that the following pictures will show the size of their operation. For example they generally look for a stock of at least one thousand tubers before putting a variety on sale to the general public. Many tubers are now, of course, supplied worldwide.

   B&L Sale Weekend takes place on 9th to 11th May when a number NBS member attend to take advantage of the varieties that are available. There is also an opportunity to view the plants that will form B&L’s display at the Chelsea Flower Show.  It is probable that B&L’s new introduction, Olivia, coral pink with a golden blush on the petals will be on view.  Additionally, it has a delicate fragrance.


Cutting tubers through the mist.


First show plants through the mist.


Delphinium show plants.


Pendulas.


Compost.


Show tubers.


Pestec bug catcher - before.


Compost contains vine-weevil killer.


Pestec bug catcher - after.

OTHER PAGES BY BASIL BILLINGER
Begonias at the Rose & Sweet Pea Show
 
A Spring Visit to the South West Area Representative's Greenhouses          Garden Begonias
Begonia Trail through the Mendips          October Begonias          A Spring Visit to B&L 2007
B&L Chelsea Preview May 2009          B&L Chelsea Preview May 2008

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