I always look forward to seeing Medwyn and Gwenda Wiliams, they’re such lovely people. So, it was wonderful to be with Medwyn and Gwenda, to celebrate their amazing 12th consecutive Gold Medal win, for their incredible display of vegetables, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019!
It’s quite an amazing feat to produce full size vegetables at the end of May, when many growers haven’t yet sown most of their seeds and don’t dare to plant their tomatoes or anything tender outside, for fear of frost! To achieve Chelsea Flower Show success, a much earlier start, with extra heat, light, and effort is required.
Medwyn uses all kinds of clever techniques to grow the best looking, healthiest vegetables. He grows vegetables in containers, trays, raised beds, a vegepod, and barrels. With the plants for Chelsea grown safely undercover in a glasshouse, in Wales. Where Medwyn uses using protective collars to grow the tallest and whitest leeks you’ve ever seen.
This is an exciting year for Medwyn, as he launched a new tomato at Chelsea: Tomato ‘Y Ddraig Goch’. A few years ago, Medwyn approached a professional seed breeder with a request for an early fruiting tomato, to grow for the shows. When you’re entering shows like Chelsea, as well as starting seeds earlier and using extra light and heat, it also helps to have naturally early cropping varieties.
This new, special tomato cultivar is a cross between an older tomato variety called ‘Cedrico’ that’s no longer available and ‘Goldstar’, which was developed by prize vegetable grower, Charles Maisey. When Medwyn realised that this new tomato produced great tasting tomatoes, so early in the season, he wanted to protect this variety and to register it, so he could share the seeds with other gardeners. Medwyn first applied to call the tomato, ‘Red Dragon’, but this application was turned down. So, Medwyn reapplied, this time using the Welsh language. Medwyn’s application to register ‘Y Ddraig Goch’, which means ‘red dragon’, was successful. You can purchase Tomato ‘Y Ddraig Goch’ seeds from Medwyn’s online store, here.
This is the beautiful tie that Medwyn’s wife Gwenda had specially made as a surprise present for Medwyn and their son, Alwyn. They reserve this tie for special occasions, like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
At Chelsea and other shows, Medwyn’s wife, Gwenda, is in charge of making sure that every detail, every single part of their exhibit is perfect. Gwenda takes charge and makes sure that everything is set up perfectly. This is Medwyn’s 12th Gold Medal, it’s an amazing achievement! Congratulations Medwyn and Gwenda!
Has Medwyn’s exhibit inspired you? June is a great time of year to grow vegetables, you don’t need to use grow lights or heating at this time of year, in the UK. You can sow seeds of lettuce, radish, rocket, peas, mangetout, sugar snap peas, French beans, runner beans, broad beans, courgettes, pumpkins, Florence fennel, Kohlrabi, chard, beetroot, turnips, spring onions, purple sprouting broccoli, and pak choi, outside now.
At this time of year, some vegetables have a shorter sowing window than others, so if you want to grow pumpkins, do sow your seeds this week, if you can. Or buy plants of pumpkins, sweetcorn, and other vegetables from your local nursery or plant sale.
Don’t forget herbs! Coriander, basil, chives, fennel, and dill, can all be sown now, too!
Other articles that may interest you…………..
For more information on vegetables, please click here.
To read about my Tomato Trial, please click here.
To read about my Florence Fennel Trial, please click here.
For information about starting an asparagus bed, please click here.
To read about my trial of the Vegepod, please click here.
To see my overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.
To see my article about the National Vegetable Society’s visit to Eric Wall Tomatoes, please click here.
For some ideas of beautiful, edible plants to grow in your garden, please click here.
To see the results of my Slug and Snail Trial and discover the best ways to protect your plants from slugs and snails, please click here.