Saturday, 25 September 2010

Such a day

Sunny, a chill Autumn day; but sunshine over the Malverns and such a joy to be here. Over the years, I have come to regard this place, this Showground, as somewhere that truly tugs at my heart. Why? It has to be the people; all who are involved. And exhibitors who have become to me so many fond acquaintances.

Yet there is always something new: the Good Life Kitchen Garden Stage designed by Mark Diacono of Otter Farm; the UK's only climate change farm and home to orchards of olives, peaches, almonds, szechuan pepper, apricots and a vineyard. I sat through one of his presentations, absolutely mesmerised, for not only did he impart so much horticultural knowledge, whilst throwing together a home-grown nectarine salsa, he even managed to outflank the ever-loquacious Joe Swift. Such multi-tasking warranted more stage time to him and less to the antics of BBC presenters. Were we at a pantomime or an RHS Show? I'll have to obtain a copy of MD's new book, 'A Taste of the Unexpected', and delve more deeply into topics that are becoming increasingly relevant to those of us who like to grow our own edible crops.

I'm agonising over whether to continue my 'gardening' blog - created in May because there seemed to be many Malvern-orientated bloggers out there. Some of us met at the Spring Gardening Show and I spotted quite a few alongside the stage today; some lack of communication I guess ... so I am thinking this one through. I had planned to garden-blog about 'Red Love' - announced last night that I would do so; but think I'll showcase this delicious new apple right here. It's a tenuous link into which I will not delve right now, but to cut an involved story down to it's fruit roots. 'Red Love' is a new red-fleshed apple, tart but sweet, with flowers the colour of deep crab-able crimson and a heritage story to go with it. Exclusive to Suttons but bred by Swiss nurseryman Markus Kobelt, whom I met at the UK launch a couple of weeks ago in Kent. 

I'll be writing more about this remarkable introduction in a forthcoming magazine feature on the Malvern Autumn Show, so will reserve more words for that. Meanwhile, my own Autumm journaling harvest is progressing in the motorhome cab, although the heating appears to have packed up so the duvet seems preferable to artistic endeavour!


  1. Motorhomes and campers by any other name, seem to have undependable systems for heating and lights. What works fine for one trip has given problems on the next.
    That apple sounds wonderful. I think some orchardists in the US are working to save older varieties from extinction. It must be interesting to trace the heritage of a "new" fruit back into perhaps vintage lineage.
    There are several apple trees on this tiny farm we bought 6 months ago, and we hoped for a useable crop of apples. They have succumbed to something called "fire blight."
    The work of gardeners everywhere is almost equally full of disappointments and triumphs, crop-wise.
    Another season always inspires fresh hope.

  2. We have made room for a few more fruit trees, so I was interested to read about the new Red Love apple. It sounds, and looks, delicious!