The annual Open Day and pre Chelsea viewing was earlier this year than
usual, being held over the May Bank Holiday weekend to avoid clashing
with the Malvern Spring Show. Arriving early on the Friday morning we
were surprised how many had beaten us locals to it already!
We happened to be greeted on the way in by Nick Langdon, Director and
NBS Vice Chairman. Also present were the other directors Simon and Steve
and during the morning Rosemary Langdon came and mingled with the
visitors and served refreshments. Rosemary said that John is progressing
well after his incident with the sit on lawn mower thanks to excellent
medical attention. We all wish him a speedy return to full health.
B & L are surprisingly struggling at present with the delphiniums due to
the strange weather conditions. The plants have been isolated and
cocooned to a corner of one of the main greenhouses and are subject to
heat and light for long periods to bring them on. Fingerís crossed.
No such problems with the begonias. Bearing in mind there are another
three weeks to Chelsea they look fine and a few were on flower. The
universal opinion was that they were the best plants ever. That takes
some saying as we thought the same last year! The shape, vitality and
the foliage looked superb.
Some old favourites were just coming on the flower. One that did catch
the eye was Kohima a new variety introduced to B&L by John Chiswell.
Equally impressive was Vera Coates. We are sure B&L will wish to
increase stock on these varieties..
Not only is the Open Day a chance to pick up some select varieties at
advantageous prices it is also an opportunity for begonias growers to
meet up. There were a number of NBS members present including the usual
contingent from South Wales.
The NBS wish Blackmore and Langdon well at Chelsea and at other RHS
shows they are exhibiting at. If you go along make yourself known to
Nick and the team.