It is always good to be back at Malvern and after the extreemly wet summer to have blazing sunshine lighting up the show with the backdrop of the Malvern Hills behind.
Heading off before sunrise I arrived at Malvern to the perfect dawn, a photographers dream. In the Good Life Pavillion I headed to the Edible Gardens. “Dig for Victory” was a garden designed by Mark Walker. The garden was set in the 40`s and 50`s complete with sandbags and an Anderson shelter.
The only garden awarded a gold was “A la Mode Dining” by Surrey Gardens, with raised beds of culinary herbs and vegetables, complete with copper cooking utensils on the walls.
I was pleased to see the Cottage Herbery next to the cookery demonstration area. Now I collect old trugs but didn`t have room for this giant one full of culinary and medicinal herbs.
Malvern also has a fantastic display of veg, Dahlias and other plants in the Harvest Pavillion.
After a very difficult year for gardeners there was an amazing display on show. I did have envy seeing tomatoes on display as mine succumbed to blight this year. The Dahlia display I am always drawn to as it is one place you get to see absolutely perfect blooms. After such difficult conditions for growing there were less for me to photograph this year, my macro lens is unforgiving close up.
The Harvest Pavillion is a great resource for photographers of flowers for a few reasons; for close up details the flower heads remain relatively still, varieties are usually named and the light is usually great as the marquee acts as a giant soft box.
The Floral Exhibits had the usual high quality of exhibitors from Nurseries around the UK.
Malvern is the last show of the calendar that I photograph, so here`s wishing you a safe warm winter and lets all wish for much better growing conditions in 2013.