Taunton Flower Show 2016

For this blog post I would like to share my experience at I was very pleased to be invited at the last minute, whilst I was working at the Royal Cornwall show, my friend John Trott of Mendip Bonsai suggested me to the organisers at Taunton Flower show after hearing that a nursery had dropped out last minuet. I agreed and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

This was to be my second display and I decided to do a back-drop display as opposed to an island display as I had done at the Royal Cornwall Show. This worked out well and the black cloth really showed of the plants fantastically.

Here you can see Billbergia ‘Beadleman’ a cross between two Billbergia hybrids 'Domingos Martins' x 'Hellfire' produced by a famous Bromeliad grower Don Beadle. This contrasts wonderfully with Tillandsia tectorum ‘Giant’, T. ‘Snow’ and T. tectorum caulescent or stem growing form.

A lovely Neoregelia lilliputiana x carcharodon 'Tiger'

Tillandsia funckiana and a very rare Tillandsia edithae x albertiana an interspecific hybrid or cross between two different species.

In this picture a nice specimen of Tillandsia juncifolia and the red flower of Tillandsia albertiana.

In this picture a nice specimen of Tillandsia juncifolia and the red flower of Tillandsia albertiana.

Neoregelia ‘Cosmic Dream’

A lovely chunky specimen of Aechmea recurvata, with A. recurvata ‘Benrathii’ and a Dyckia species behind.

A lovely chunky specimen of Aechmea recurvata, with A. recurvata ‘Benrathii’ and a Dyckia species behind.

In the picture above is a beautiful flowering specimen of Tillandsia stricta var. bronze, a plant I bought as a single rosette several years ago.

I was very pleased to have been awarded a Gold medal for my display, and I got great feedback from the Judges and a great response from the public.

In this picture you can see Billbergia ‘Hallelujah’, two specimens of Tillandsia streptophylla, T. stellifera, Tillandsia velickiana with its thick pink buds and a nice flowering clump of a special form of Tillandsia caerulea one of my favourite plants with a delicious scent.