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SOUTH WALES AREA DISPLAY

at the

NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES
September 2014
 

              

Pictures by Chris and Sandra Davies

   It is always difficult to stage a display of begonias so late in the season.
 Each year The South Wales Area Begonia Society are invited by the National Botanic Gardens of Wales Llanarthne, near Carmarthen [ Gerddi Botanig Caerfyrddyn ], along with the South Wales Chrysanthemum Society early Show to stage a display of Begonias, at the end of September over two days.
   My cut blooms were long gone, however. Chris and Sandra Davies, Danny Davies and Norman Preddy, collectively, staged a fantastic display which was over thirty foot long.

   Dorothy and I were looking after our Grandson, Taran Rhys Williams that weekend, therefore for once we took a back seat and left the above named South Wales Area Members to erect a magnificent array of different begonias for those visitors who visited the beautiful National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

   We arrived later in the afternoon with our Grandson and then enjoyed the enchanting walks around the gardens with Taran Rhys safely tucked in his pram enjoying watching the numerous types of butterflies and bees which were collecting nectar from the late flowering autumn flowering plants, to top-up their honey larder for the long winter ahead. The air was aloud with bees buzzing and the butterflies peacefully perched on flowers displaying the patterns on their wings as they opened and closed them in the brilliance of the glowing warm sunshine.

   There was a steady stream of visitors who came to view our exhibits.
As always, they were in ore of the brilliance of our produce of  varieties. Tuberous doubles included Apricot Delight, Whispers, Golden Hind, Sugar Candy, Melisa, Roy Hartley, Millie, Snow Goose, Charlotte and  Sea Coral.
   Amongst the foliage pots were the red Rex Roi de Rose, Rocheart, Strawberry Swirl and Fireworks. Multiflorens included, Le Madelon, Amy Jean Baird, Bon Bon Sherbert, Bon Bon Cherry. Tuberous types included Le Flamboyant, Glowing Embers, Helen Harmes and Yellow Hammer. Sempleflorens and Boliviensis type. Pendula included Armour,  Waterfall Orange, Waterfall Red and Devotion Orange and Red.
    A wealth of different varieties which captivated the interest and which provided the stimulus for hundreds of questions from the attendees.

What a wonderful weekend everyone had at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales Llanarthne.

Ian Rhys Williams

 

 

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