Harrogate Autumn Show 2008 Gallery
Our first attempt at Harrogate - Gold plus Best in Show
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The Long Carrots really turned out well for this stand as did the leeks. I wasn't very happy with the onions though, their condition wasn't up to expectations as I had to take a skin off them a week before the show.
The basket in the front with the green cauliflowers Trevi(Item 3079)and the Lilac Cauliflower Graffiti (Item 3216 turned out well. The single lilac cauliflower was the only one we had left for the show, all the others had finished the week before. Both are delicious to eat.
At this show I launched two new parsnips Pinnacle F1 (Item 3129) and Picador (Item 3247) both are tremendous parsnips. Pinnacle won the NVS Championships at Dorchester in 2009 and Picador, alos in 2009, broke the World Record for the heaviest Parsnip at Shepton Mallet for Peter Glazebrook.
I have a good team working with me on all the Displays. From the left my son Alwyn and on the right his friend Del. Together with my wife Gwenda we have a real winning team.
The Mexican Sour Gherkin (Item 3252) was displayed for the first time. It's easy to germinate and grow on. I grow about 4 plants in 4 - 18 inch hanging baskets and they are a heavy cropper. The fruit looks exactly like a mini Water Melon. Gwenda Pickled a few of them and they taste just great.
I am very proud to have had my picture taken with another mentor of mine, Geoffrey Smith who sadly passed away a few weeks after this photo was taken. Geoffrey inspired me so much with his television gardening programmes, particularly with the brass band as the opening music. If that music and Geoff's beuatiful yorkshire accent didn't motivate you, nothing would.