Elmwood Gardening Show 2012 – Seed’n’Plant Swap

Well it’s that time of the year again, planning for this year’s show has started and it’s going to be a big one! Not only will there be the usual competition and get together but it will be situated in a new garden. It’s still mine but it’s being completely revamped this spring and will be utterly different. I’ll just give you a sneak preview of whats instore…

February 2012



Next I would like to invite you to 2012’s plant swap; again it will be held in my garden. When you come to the plant swap you will be able to bring a plant (or seeds) and swap with each or trade it for one of the items in the shop. Mentioning the shop there will be a range of plants for you to purchase in order to grow on later this year. If you have any special requests for plants please mention them in the form and I will do my best.

The Swap – Saturday 14th April 2012

The Show – Saturday 18th August 2012

I know that it’s rather brief but I think that’s about it for now then. I look forward to seeing you later on this year and wish you all a successful growing season…

Anthony Cunningham


Its been too long…

Oh my, it has been soooo long since I have updated the blog. Oops. Never mind. Anyway a lot has happened since last time. For example my garden is now more gardeny (you’ll see later) the allotment has gone wild (which you won’t see later – give me a few weeks!!). Elmwood Gardening Show was held and there is some news on the bees. So there is something for more or less everyone today. Firstly I would like to say a big thanks to all who have come to the gardening show. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that there was plenty for you all to do. This years activity was hapazome, a Japanese print making technique in which you place flowers or leaves onto a side of natural fabric, in our case bags. I got the idea after watching Alys Fowler’s the edible garden. If you would like to do this yourself it is in the show guide. I would like to attach this PDFwhich is my show guide, which you can print out if you want to if you didn’t manage to pick one up or just have a look through. Luckily the rain held off on the day until right at the end and even then it was only spitting a little bit. Below is few pics from the Gardening Show…

The Food Stand

My Great Nana making a fat ball for the birds

Next the garden in now more gardeny news. After my little tidy up, which was more like an operation, just saying 😉 I decided to elminate the veggie element from the borders at home and created bee border mark 3. I am still going to keep the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and chilli’s in the greenhouse as I can’t let them go, just can’t. The fruit along the fence have had a serious haircut, maybe a little too serious, but never mind. As another thing to prepare for the bees I am in the process of sorting out a mini wildflower meadow to put the beehouse in. It may look a bit bland at the moment however its moment is coming. Writing about bees, my bees will be arriving hopefully between March and June next year and it looks like it is going to be an interesting affair.

Like I wrote, a serious haircut...

Bee Border Mark 3. We've moved into the raised bed

The remnants of bee border mark 2 but the beginnings of the wildflower meadow

Only the greenhouse left to tidy. YAY 🙂

My Tea Tree Oil Plant from harrogate!!!!

I hope the slugs don't get my chocolate daisy's

Newly planted patio pots

Cyclamen by the Greenhouse

Also I have been to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. I think it has been my favourite of the shows I have been to this year. I think it was because it wasn’t that busy and it was full of lots of interesting and unusual things. Here are a few photos from the marquees.

I’m not going to really mention the allotment in this post but in the next post there will probably be a lot more to show you.

Finally could anybody help me with identifying this moth or butterfly. It was on my sedum at the beginning of September. Anyway thats really all that has happened since last time. I hope to see you all later.


Elmwood Gardening Show 2011 – August 2011

Well, hasn’t it gone quickly, this Saturday will be 3 weeks until the show. At the moment I am busy making the show handbook and putting the final plans into place.

Firstly I would just like to set out a few instructions for the show.

  1. Please could you bring 2 sheets of cardboard, a hammer and some interesting flowers, petals, and leaves. All will become clear on the show day, and please, please remember to do this!!
  2. Check in your entries upon arrival otherwise your entries will not be counted. This all includes the mini competitions as well as the main one.
  3. Bring in a homemade recipe for the food show and you could always enter this into the food competition. This doesn’t need to be veggie based, it could be anything for example cakes.
  4. REMEMBER to bring your entries and have fun at the show.

Secondly just a reminder of the competitions.

There is the main competition, with the following categories…

  • Tomatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Flowers and Herbs

Then there are the mini competitions, which are as following:

Potty Creations

This is a competition all about making the most interesting and striking planter. You can use the design rules or throw them out altogether and just have mix mash of colour. The only rule for this competition is that you must be able to bring it to the show.

The Best Garden

This is a simple competition in which you will only have to take a picture of your garden from April – August and mount them up in a colourful and eye catching way and bring them down to the show where they will be judged by each other.

The Grow your own Challenge

This is my favourite as the participants will have to grow the following 5 veggies (beetroot, carrots, lettuce, dwarf French beans and a tomato) and bring your produce to the show, and showcase them in an interesting way to will votes. This requires timing as you will have to grow them at the right time.

Finally I would just like to show you all my salad bed. It went a bit wrong early in the year, well June to be precise with all the salad bolting so I sowed it all up again but the flowers decided they were going to take over, especially the nasturtiums and poached eggs. You may have thought I will have cleared it all up but I decided to leave it and well the hoverflies absolutely adore it and with the sedum coming into flower the butterflies and bees are flocking to my garden and seem to all be congregating around my salad bed, so at the moment it’s the insect hub of the garden. That apart from my oak tree which also seems to be a big hit with the hoverflies too. Anyway below are the photos from the garden…












My sunflowers’ have started to come out but they are a bit strange as aren’t sunflowers’ supposed to face the sun, well one does and the other faces the complete opposite direction. It’s a bit strange but I would really recommend this sunflower. It’s a dwarf one called ‘choco sun’ but I would still put them in open ground as they will make strong sturdy multi headed plants.














This is one of my many calendula’s which are in full swing at the moment and are being adored by hoverflies as well as me!



















This is a view across my salad bed, you can see what I mean with the sunflowers. You can see the nasturtiums taking over the sides of the beds and the calendulas to the left.

Anyway, keep a look out for more updates towards the show and have a good time this August in your gardens.

Elmwood Gardening Show – July Update


Well its just over a month to go until the gardening show now and my garden is growing at a fair rate now with the bee border coming along nicely now with a few new additions from the gardeners world live show and a few more plants will be coming back home with me when I go to  tatton park flower show. It now only needs a Buddleia bush and the plants within it include a phlox, lavender and scabious. Sorry the pic is a bit blurry but its raining and really cold so it was taken really quick but never mind.

The New and Improved Bee Border


Below are a few pics from Gardeners World Live. I didn’t really enjoy it this year because it was too busy and it was manic everywhere you went!

With the show coming near expect to see some important details appearing on here for if you are visiting the show: for example what to do when you arrive and how the day will be run however a show guide will be available to  download on my skydrive account.

All links and things will be available on 1st August or the following days. (Meaning I will aim for that day but me being me will probably miss the deadline)

Now for all you internet goers who will not be attending I am trying to find a way in which you could take part if you wanted to. I think the categories will remain the same and there will be one for your gardens too if you don’t have anything else to ‘ show off ‘ !  I think you will have to either give a link to photos in the comments section for the new page that will be created for the show day or if you can paste the photo into the comments…I don’t know, I’ll figure that out when I get there!! alternatively you can always email me the photos and I’ll put them on for you 🙂

All of the winners from this years show will be placed on the blog in the winners post shortly after the show along with all the pictures. I think I will keep you all posted on the show day.

Once again the date for your diaries is

Saturday 20th August 2011

13:30 – 16:30

Hope to see your all then and look out for updates on the show.


Elmwood Gardening Show 2011 – Introduction

This is a little introduction for all yous who do not know about my show.

I set up my show back in 2009, for some reason I just thought that it was a good idea at the time and that it would be a great incentive to get family and friends to grow your own and add a little competitive edge to it. The show is held in my back garden and it is a great day for every one involved. And here I am 3 years later with my little show, who knows in another 3 years we may be as big as chelsea!!!

These are the categories in my show for 2011 :-





Pots and Planters

You may be wondering why there is a category specially for tomatoes. This is because so many people entered them I just decided to create their own category. It is so competitive! I won 2nd prize for my little display last year, which I was quite surprised by as so many others were great. By the way I don’t judge if you are thinking that I am being bias, no my great nana judges it as they don’t really have the room however I may have persuaded her this year so…

Anyway if you are actually coming then take note of this, it has been suggested to have a cookery element of the show, so this will be introduced. Also if you requested a starter pack and have not collected your free plant, then you have until the end of may to collect it otherwise I’ll swap it at the plant swap at gardeners world, you have been told!!
Also for those who are coming, you can easily keep in contact using the comment feature at the bottom of each post!

This was a basic intro to the show for the people who are coming and the May update for the show will be coming soon….