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Blackmore & Langdon's
Open Days
& Sale Weekend
2nd.  3rd. &  4th. May 2014

   This year’s sale weekend and an opportunity to view plants prior to Chelsea Horticultural Show took place on 2/4th May.

   This coincided with the announcement that HRH The Price of Wales has granted B&L a royal warrant. Founded in 1901 the nursery has been supplying Highgrove House, Gloucestershire with begonias and delphiniums for a number of years. This prestigious award means B&L are now able to display the Prince of Wales Feathers on their plant labels and also at this year’s Chelsea Exhibition where they have been exhibiting since the first show in 1913.

   On day one of the weekend all the new generation of Langdons were present; Stephen, Simon and Nick who said he was delighted to accept the position of Vice President of the NBS. Nick hoped that he would be able to promote the society and of course encourage the growing and propagation of begonias.

   After such a wet and dismal winter it was a shear delight to open the pre Chelsea greenhouse door and see the vibrant colours and the glossy foliage. Bearing in mind Chelsea is three weeks away the plants looked great.

   The weekend is an opportunity to obtain quality stock and also meet up with old friends. It was a surprise for the locals to find that the first person there was Derek Bonner, the NBS Treasurer who had come over from South Wales. A very early start for him.

   A pleasant morning was spent viewing, socialising, and buying of course and looking forward to the new season with anticipation. These pictures hopefully give a flavour of things to come in our own greenhouses and on the show bench.

Basil Billinger


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