Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Giant Pumpkin Competition

 Yesterday I went up to the RHS London to visit the Autumn Show.  You might remember this time last year I entered my own giant pumpkin and came a creditable 4th place!
 There were some more serious competitors this year, the 1st and 2nd place went to the Hampshire twins Ian and Stuart Paton.  The winning pumpkin was well over a ton!
 Elsewhere, the RHS fruit specialists were identifying apple varieties.  Next week at the Wisley Taste of Autumn show you can take apples along to be identified.
 These were just a few of the wonderful British apple varieties on show. It has been such a great year for apples!
 Congratulations to the Duke of Devonshire who grew these amazing fruit at his greenhouse at Chatsworth.  These are described as Citrus Imperialis 'Lipo'  known as the Imperial Lemon. Thought to be a cross between a Lemon and a Grapefruit. 
 A wonderful display of chillis too, I'm a bit of a wimp really when it comes to hot chillis and I don't think I will ever have the nerve (stupidity!) to try one of these Dorset Naga chillis!
Here's my entry to the show. Display of assorted Winter Squash with Labrador!


At 8:22 AM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

Strewth, a half ton Pumpkin! Take more than a wheelbarrow to shift that. How time flies it only seems a few months since you had yours in a wheelbarrow.

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

The show looks interesting. The pumpkins are amazing.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Caro (UrbanVegPatch) said...

I went on the Tuesday and thought of you as I saw the giant pumpkins! First horticultural show for me, so I wandered around wide-eyed, what a great display! Also chatted to Sea Spring Seeds but came away with a packet of mild chillies to try next year! I'm way too wimpy with the hot chillies!


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