This week the MALVERN SPRING GARDENING SHOW kicks off the RHS show calendar for the year. Running from May 6th – 9th it is always seen as a very popular and a much loved show by all who attend.
Many bloggers have posted on Malvern in previous years. However, this year it is going to have an extra special blogging buzz!! Yep… some bloggers will be going that extra mile this year too. Quite literally!
Thanks to Veg Plotting, The Patient Gardener (and I am guessing a few assistants) a group of about 24 bloggers are all about to Meet@Malvern. This is a first for UK bloggers where the US bloggers are on their third meet. Mm… I’m thinking this may not be the first meet here in the UK either :-)
Unfortunately I am unable to attend this year. I would love to have seen Yolanda from Bliss again. The ladies behind the US blogs the Fairegarden and Clay and Limestone are also heading our way and it would have been great to have been able to meet them too.
As for the UK bloggers, I’ve met none of them so this would have been a perfect opportunity. After blogging for over three years I really do see my blogging friends as friends.
So… just what does a gardener say to gardening friends when they go to a show? The first thing would have to be to wish them A BRILLIANT TIME!! Which I really do :-D
The second would be take lots of photos. The third? Bring me a plant back perhaps. Lol… well my gardening friends, if I may, I would love to ask that.
How about some emotional blackmail here… sorry, I’m shameless I know. If I had been going this year I would have taken lots of photos. Yep… plants, planting schemes… and people too this time.
However, I would also have been drawn to search out a particular plant to photograph. After taking photos of the tulip displays shown below I have found myself drawn to the flowers of this bulb that, to be honest, I have not really rated much until a couple of years ago.
If I were at Malvern this year I would be drawn to collect photos of tulips. I wonder if any of my blogging friends going might be able to spare a couple of jpg's for me? Perhaps if I asked nicely you might post them for me too? (I'm sending you a great big smile :-))))
I know it’s a big ask when there will be so much chat and other plants to photograph. After cropping the ones I took from the displays above I just felt like carrying this Tulip Festival out from the real world out into the virtual world.
I was thinking how brilliant it would be if bloggers (not just the Meet@Malvern crew) posted one or more photos of tulips or tulip displays that they have enjoyed seeing. No text required. I was thinking of a simple tulip photo fest.
I’ll post my tulip photos from my Cambo visit with a Mr Linky link list below so you can add your post URL so we can all tulip browse. I’m thinking this could be fun - it would be great if you could join me. If you have posted tulip photos recently or at another time by all means add that link too.
Bloms Bulbs were setting up the display above for Cambo as part of the first Tulip Festival hosted there. In addition to this Bloms supplied over 7,500 which were planted out in the Potager area of the walled garden.
In my recent posting I mentioned that I was attending the Tulip Talk by Anna Pavord at Cambo last Friday night. A good time was had by all. She was wonderful to listen to sharing stories of her love affair with the tulip. She showed slides and gave some background history of the tulip too.
I took my birthday copy of her latest book ‘Bulb’ after chatting to fellow blogger Mr Brown Thumb after finding a posting on his interview with her. He suggested she might sign it. I would never have thought of that.
Thanks to Mr Brown Thumb I’m thrilled to say she did. I mentioned to her it was his suggestion and she remembered talking to him during her visit to Chicago. She was lovely to chat to for a few minutes.
So there we have it. Garden Bloggers are about to meet at Malvern. The Tulip meet at Cambo has passed and there is one more meet that has still to happen – this time in my garden! I am waiting patiently for this meet. It will be worth the wait too!
I 'll take a guess that you could be waiting for the latest Nestbox news. Well, I can now say with 99% certainty that the female Blue tit below is in the final stage of building her nest in my Nestbox that has a camera inside. We’ve seen this before – twice. She is at the bringing in hair and feathers stage now :-)
May 1st saw our nest building female Blue tit get harassed by other blue tits. The video below shows the frequency of her visits and how fast she came in and how she slowed herself down by running round the box. She also had to defend her new temporary home.
The louder sections are when the Blue tit has flown out
of my garden in search of more material.
Egg laying is close now. So much so that I got up at 5.15am this morning to watch inside the box. No eggs today… yawn!
Later this morning, I was also delighted to finally pick up some natural wool fibre (at RSPB shop) to put inside my nesting material basket. Wonderfully, I have watched her add some to her nest as I have been writing this.
The video below was taken today, May 4th, and shows how thick the nest has become. You will see the female leave the nest and head for the basket of wool fibres I put out and return to the nest with some in her beak. This will cover the eggs when they are laid.
So to the nestbox meet… I’m waiting patiently to see the mate of our Mum-to-be visit the nestbox while she is in it. I think it is about time he appeared with a spider or two as a reward for making such a very fine job on their nest. I wonder if she will lay the first egg tomorrow. Perhaps I’ll not get up to see... then she probably will :-)
Wool over nest cup suggests we have the first egg!
Only specualation I know... this Mum-to-be is an expert. She has it well hidden above. Absolutely thrilled I found some wool just in time. I didn't get up to watch this morning :-)
Great to think that we've provided some of the duvet that will keep the eggs warm. When there are more eggs she will turn them around a little and then we may get to see them. Perhaps later tonight when she goes to roost it might be revealed for a moment. Mind you, she won''t want to start incubation until all eggs are laid. She might just roost outside the nest cup tonight. Exciting stuff :-D
Thanks go to Pauline at Cambo for passing on the photos shown above and for getting ID’s for my tulip photos taken on the night of the talk.