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End of an Era

At the time of writing this, we have all witnessed the end of an era with the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a remarkable woman and a patron of many organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society. Every year the judges and chair of the RHS had the privilege of escorting the Queen around the wonderful gardens and exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show. Back in 2020 when the Flower Show went virtual, the Queen declared that her favourite flower was lily of the valley. Lily of the valley featured in her 1953 coronation bouquet and given it symbolises trustworthiness that somehow seems a fitting choice for the world’s longest serving monarch.

King Charles III evidently is passionate about delphiniums and is, not surprisingly, Patron of the Delphinium Society. We are delighted that our new monarch is passionate about the environment and gardening as is evidenced by what he has created at Highgrove. The photo below is of the wildflower meadow managed in traditional ways, grazed by sheep and removed by scythe at the end of the season.

Photo credit: Highgrove ©

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