The lovely EmmaT is putting on a traditional village show in association with my Open Garden event. Hers is pretty much up market, being modelled in the spirit of P.G. Wodehouse and Lord Emsworth - a rather apt name in view of the show's creator in my view. Show dates are 15th to 30th August, but entries are already pouring in like hot cakes (or hot scones for one particular category) and are on display at her sparkly new blog. There's all the categories you'd expect from a village show, plus a few extras to reflect the world of gardening, blogging and Emma's delightful sense of humour.
Now you may recall that I was dithering about whether to enter my own allotment society show. Well, I have decided to enter (it is the 40th one after all), but as it coincides with my Open Garden times, I suspect I'll be entering less categories than I would like to. Our local garden centre is also getting in on the act by having a show on the 23rd August, so I now appear to be entering three shows. As a show novice, I thought I'd better have a bit of a dress rehearsal. One of Emma's categories is Allotment Showoff: 3. Plate of Fruit. The only thing I ever get asked about up at the allotment is what variety of raspberry I'm growing, so if I'm going to show off anything, it's got to be my Autumn Bliss. I consulted the garden centre's show schedule for what should be displayed for the raspberry category. The above photo is my attempt to meet their schedule. However, I got a bit carried away after that...
I think this attempt is more aesthetically pleasing