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Helwyr Planhigion

Portread o fywyd a gwaith cwpl o Gaernarfon sy'n teithio'r byd i chwilio am blanhigion a hadau prin. Fascinating story of a Welsh couple who travel the world in search of rare p...


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-Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones

-are plant hunters.

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-They're never happier than when

-looking for plants, out in the wild.

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-They travel the world looking for

-the seeds of rare exotic plants...

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-..to grow, and sell in Wales.

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-He's like a pig.

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-He finds things no-one else does.

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-I don't know how he does it

-but he does.

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-We have to do everything.

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-We have to go out into the wild,

-find these plants...

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-..gather them, bring them back.

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-We have to learn how to grow them,

-as no-one has before.

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-Now, Bleddyn is famous

-not only for the nursery...

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-..but also for collecting these

-plants from all over the world.

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-It's exciting.

-It's contemporary plant hunters.

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-You don't find too many of them.

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-It's great to think he's Welsh.

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-Bleddyn and Sue's home

-is Crug Farm, near Caernarfon.

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-When not abroad plant hunting...

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-..they're here, growing

-and caring for their plants...

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-..until they're ready to sell.

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-There are ten huge polytunnels...

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-..ten staff members...

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-..and over 2,000 different

-plant varieties here.

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-It's one of Britain's largest

-specialist nurseries.

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-Its growth has been amazing when one

-considers that only 13 years ago...

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-..Bleddyn and Sue were beef farmers

-thinking of diversifying.

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-I remember Bleddyn asking me

-how I'd feel...

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-..about opening the gardens

-to the public.

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-I didn't want to do that at all.

-I didn't want people coming here.

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-But now, thousands

-of people come here!

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-I enjoy...

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-..meeting people.

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-..meeting people.

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-Yes, I like talking to people.

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-Today, only Crug Farm

-and Kew Gardens, near London...

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-..have a special licence

-to import seeds and plants...

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-..to Britain from abroad. They have

-both learnt from experience.

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-We went on holiday back in 1991.

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-All the family.

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-We collected seeds.

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-Nothing came of them,

-except for one plant.

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-They survived for a short while

-but there's only one here now.

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-Ten years later,

-they grow a variety of plants...

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-..that can't be found

-in any other nursery.

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-Before releasing them

-to the public...

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-..every plant is grown at Crug...

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-..to ensure they're suitable

-for Britain's environment.

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-Sometimes, Bleddyn

-and Sue discover new plants...

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-..that have never been

-described in scientific works.

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-Geranium Crug Strain.

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-This is the first plant

-we put our name to.

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-Right, we'll do these two now.

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-Crug has 150 different

-varieties of Geraniums.

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-Many have been named

-by Bleddyn and Sue.

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-Because it's small, I named it after

-my mother. She isn't very tall.

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-So the name we use is 'Menna Bach'.

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-But it doesn't like a lot of heat,

-unlike my mother!

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-They don't sell plants by mail,

-so every customer must come to Crug.

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-Some very important people order

-plants from us. Look at this.

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-This came from the Queen,

-from Buckingham Palace.

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-This is the second time

-they've ordered from us.

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-It's a very good order too.

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-Their gardener will come here

-to get the plants.

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-It's spring, and there are

-special visitors at the farm.

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-The cameras and crew of America's

-most famous daily show...

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-..Martha Stewart's show, are here.

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-With them is the US's most

-important plant hunter...

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-..a great friend of Bleddyn

-and Sue, Dan Hinkley.

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-Over the last decade, Dan,

-Bleddyn and Sue have travelled...

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-..and discovered a lot together.

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-This is my, gosh, seventh,

-eighth time to visit.

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-It feels like home away from home.

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-I will say point blank that

-I've not ever been with anybody...

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-..in the field that has

-a better eye than he does.

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-It is uncanny, quite frankly, how

-he can find things that I walk by.

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-His talent as a plant explorer,

-a plant hunter...

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-..I think it's just amazing,

-it truly is.

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-Although Bleddyn and Sue are more

-famous in the US than in Britain...

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-..Bleddyn remains modest.

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-I'm rather shy, really.

-I'm a farmer, a country man.

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-It's nice to have a spot of rain.

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-After the film crew leaves...

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-..it's back to everyday work,

-dealing with the public.

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-It must have moisture.

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-It must have moisture.

-

-That's alright.

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-It doesn't like

-somewhere too dry or too hot.

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-Is semi-shade alright?

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-Is semi-shade alright?

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-Yes, that should work.

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-Right, OK. Thank you.

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-This is Smilacina, a new plant

-we found in Guatemala.

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-It probably doesn't like

-the weather here.

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-It does!

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-No charge for the umbrellas!

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-Crug opens its gates once a year...

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-..to members of

-the Royal Horticultural Society.

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-It's a chance to buy plants

-and to hear stories...

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-..about collecting those plants.

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-Bleddyn lectures

-and shows his slides.

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-This time, it's about Nepal.

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-We came across good stands of this,

-Tricyrtis macropoda. Lovely plant.

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-The best places to find seeds are

-often remote and hard to reach.

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-In Nepal, they also had to cope

-with riots, bombs and bad weather.

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-It gets really hard work here.

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-You set one foot

-in front of the other...

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-..and you're absolutely exhausted.

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-As he collects the seeds, Bleddyn

-sees the plants' natural habitat.

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-We've learnt a lot.

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-If you go out to the wild

-and see plants growing naturally...

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-..you learn things you could

-never learn at school.

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-You see how it grows in the wild

-and you learn from that.

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-No-one can teach you that.

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-After the lecture, Bleddyn and Sue

-show people around the garden.

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-People see the plants

-at their best...

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-..see what they'd like to buy

-and hear more stories.

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-As the saying goes,

-Bleddyn does have green fingers.

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-Almost every seed he plants grows.

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-It's surprising

-how much he knows about them.

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-Not many people across the country

-know that much about these plants.

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-After seeing and hearing about them,

-now there's a chance to buy plants.

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-Sue takes the money.

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-It's July, time for the Tatton Show,

-a very important occasion for Crug.

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-The show is known

-as the Chelsea of the North.

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-Smilacina salvinii.

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-We only do one show

-every year, Tatton.

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-We're not set up like other people.

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-The weather this year

-has been very difficult.

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-We had a very hot spring,

-no rain for six weeks.

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-Recently, it's been windy...

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-..and a temperature of thirty.

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-So it's very difficult!

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-Twenty, one tray.

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-This is one of the busiest times

-for Bleddyn and Sue.

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-It's quite important to remind

-people we're still here...

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-..and to show the new things

-we've got for sale.

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-We bring in many

-new plants every year.

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-Between 200 and 300 new additions.

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-No-one else does it on that scale.

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-That's it.

-We'll be off first thing.

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-In typically British weather...

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-..Bleddyn and Sue are

-busy at work at the Tatton Show.

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-As well as running the stall...

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-..they also show

-their plants for the RHS.

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-We have the blue one here as well.

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-I don't know if you've seen that.

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-Today's the first day, Members Day.

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-It's quite busy. We get the keen

-people here the first day.

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-They're looking for unusual plants.

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-As well as the public...

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-..another group of people are

-very interested in the Crug plants.

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-The competitors!

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-When we arrive, they're all

-here to see what we've got.

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-Everyone wants to buy,

-before we open in the morning.

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-That's a good thing.

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-They buy the plants from us,

-go home and propagate them.

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-Next year, we'll see our plants

-on the other stalls!

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-Other nurseries are Crug's biggest

-customers in Tatton.

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-So it's important to have a crop of

-new plants every year to keep ahead.

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-One of the people who appreciate

-Bleddyn and Sue's stall in Tatton...

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-..is the popular gardening

-presenter, Diarmuid Gavin.

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-Here in the Plant Society marquee...

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-..there are people

-who go to extremes...

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-..to find us new

-and exciting plants.

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-He's looking for unusual,

-striking plants for his garden...

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-..at next year's Chelsea Show.

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-Crug arrange special days

-during the year.

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-This is the Spring Fair.

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-1.50 for boxes of six.

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-It's the busiest day of the year.

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-We get more people through the gates

-on this day than any other.

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-We invite other nurseries

-from all over...

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-..especially North Wales,

-to sell plants here.

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-We call it a fair.

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-We come from Glan Conwy, but all the

-plants are grown in Betws-y-coed.

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-We meet a lot of friends

-here every year.

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-It's mostly the same people who

-come. I think everyone's ready now.

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-We're just waiting for people

-to come in once the gate opens.

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-I'm sorry, we're not open until ten.

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-Before opening, the yard

-must be cleared.

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-Hello!

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-We have to be very strict

-about this, I'm very sorry.

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-Oh, we'll go home, then.

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-Oh, we'll go home, then.

-

-I'm sorry...

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-We've come quite a long way.

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-This is ludicrous, hanging

-around until ten o'clock.

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-Unbelievable how rude

-some people can be, isn't it?

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-Welcome to the Plant Fair.

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-I'm supposed to be taking

-money as well.

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-'Morning.

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-A lot of people pay to come in.

-But who will be the first to buy?

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-For once, Bleddyn doesn't have to

-travel far to discover new plants.

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-I can't go everywhere!

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-It's a chance to do some shopping.

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-I never go to nurseries

-in this country.

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-This is my favourite nursery.

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-And when more people come here

-to sell too, it's even better.

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-These days are vital

-for Crug's business.

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-They're only open for seven months

-but staff must be paid all year.

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-It's very busy.

-People are buying a lot of plants.

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-The day's going very well.

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-It's autumn, and Diarmuid

-has come personally to Crug...

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-..with his own film crew.

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-He's accepted the big challenge

-of competing in Chelsea next year.

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-He's very keen

-to impress the judges.

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-He's going belly up!

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-I want to do something

-that's a bit of fun.

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-I haven't a clue

-about some of the gardens.

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-I just know about plants,

-I'm afraid.

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-Well, one doesn't really

-exist without the other.

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-Diarmuid loves the new plants...

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-..that Crug will be releasing

-to the public next year.

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-That is amazing!

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-This is a Tetrapanax.

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-It's very exciting for you,

-as you're about to release it.

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-Yes.

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-That's going to be

-one of our best introductions.

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-With the light coming

-through the leaves.

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-Diarmuid wants Crug's plants...

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-..as they can't be found

-anywhere else.

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-He'll be back in spring

-to collect the plants.

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-It's gone all misty, hasn't it?

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-I needed to clean

-the lens at some point.

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-After Diarmuid leaves,

-Crug begins to prepare for winter.

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-The nursery closes

-at the end of September.

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-Some of the staff

-will work all winter.

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-But this is the time Bleddyn

-and Sue prepare to go hunting.

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-This year, to Taiwan and Vietnam.

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-This is the most interesting part

-of all Bleddyn and Sue's work...

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-..and the most important.

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-Taiwan is an island

-off the coast of China.

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-It's Bleddyn and Sue's favourite

-hunting destination.

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-Eleven years ago, they were the

-first plant and seed hunters here...

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-..since the first collectors

-a century ago.

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-Up the Taroko Gorge.

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-It's one of the best places

-for us to find plants...

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-..right at the top end.

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-This road has changed a lot over

-the years we've been coming here.

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-It was just a narrow lane.

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-Soon, they're in the mountains.

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-Bleddyn doesn't want

-to lose any hunting time.

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-He begins even before

-getting to the hotel.

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-Autumn's the time to collect seeds.

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-It can be difficult

-to recognize some plants.

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-But it's no problem for the expert.

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-You see that dark bit?

-Those are the seeds.

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-Monkshood.

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-I have to watch how I pick it,

-or all the seeds will spring out.

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-That's it.

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-Aconitum.

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-Those dark ones are seeds.

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-Each seed is labelled with its name

-and the altitude where it was found.

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-Altitude...

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-..3,060 metres.

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-Must be three times

-the height of Snowdon.

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-Oops!

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-Even the keenest hunters must eat.

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-Before going to the hotel,

-they visit the local supermarket.

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-3 for that.

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-Biscuits.

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-Oh!

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-Oh!

-

-The next day, back to work.

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-Over the years, Bleddyn has

-discovered that the climate...

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-..on mountains in warm countries

-can be similar to Wales's climate.

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-It's an evergreen tree, which

-we try to find in every country.

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-Many have never been

-grown in our country.

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-They're very valuable trees...

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-..for a gardener,

-as they're evergreen.

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-Although they're right by the road,

-it isn't easy to collect the seeds.

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-But Bleddyn and Sue

-are a natural team.

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-You don't want to get

-that bloomin' powder over you.

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-Bleddyn and I have been

-together now for 29 years.

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-We're used to being

-together every day.

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-So for us, it isn't a problem

-to travel together.

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-We know how the other one thinks,

-so it isn't a problem for us.

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-Tetrapanax papyrifer,

-rice paper plant.

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-They make rice paper out of the pith

-in the middle of the tree.

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-Paper?

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-You see this powder?

-It's called indumentum.

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-It's like small hairs,

-but star shaped.

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-If you breathe them, they're very

-itchy, a real irritant.

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-For the eyes too.

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-Yes. That's why we gave

-a woman's name to the plant we have.

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-Don't hold the leaves,

-or you'll get powder over you.

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-Hold this.

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-Both of us are completely different

-when we're out hunting.

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-It's the same with our work at home.

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-Sue looks more

-at the design of things.

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-I look more at the practicalities

-of growing plants.

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-I'll hold the tree, you just cut it.

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-I look for the plant, and Sue maybe

-looks at the plant's appearance.

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-So we'll collect something

-that looks better...

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-..than another collector,

-who might just want the plant.

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-Everyone back now, in case...

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-Move out of the way,

-or you'll get this stuff over you.

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-Right, it'll go like a catapult.

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-Another advantage

-of collecting in the wild...

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-..is that Bleddyn and Sue see

-the plants in their natural habitat.

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-This means that they succeed

-in growing the plants back home...

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-..where others have failed.

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-It is a good plant in the garden.

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-Very dramatic.

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-Architectural, as they say.

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-Architectural, as they say.

-

-Architectural!

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-What's that in Welsh?

0:23:370:23:39

-Mm?

0:23:430:23:43

-Mm?

-

-Don't know.

0:23:430:23:44

-888

0:23:490:23:51

-For the next month, Bleddyn

-and Sue travel throughout Taiwan.

0:24:070:24:11

-Sometimes they pick plants

-by the roadside...

0:24:120:24:14

-..other times at high altitudes.

0:24:150:24:17

-Whatever the weather,

-they must go out to hunt.

0:24:310:24:34

-It can take days

-to find a certain seed.

0:24:350:24:38

-People think that travelling

-for three months...

0:24:380:24:42

-..is a nice, glamorous holiday.

0:24:420:24:44

-But they don't see the other side

-of travelling, as we do.

0:24:450:24:49

-Ouch!

0:24:540:24:55

-Brambles.

0:24:560:24:57

-Don't complain! Come on.

0:24:590:25:01

-We're looking for Acer, maple seeds.

0:25:040:25:06

-This only grows in Taiwan.

-It grows very slowly.

0:25:080:25:11

-A tree like this

-is hundreds of years old.

0:25:120:25:16

-That's all we've found so far.

-I hope we'll find more.

0:25:180:25:22

-A hundred.

0:25:560:25:58

-A hundred.

-

-OK.

0:25:580:25:59

-A hundred and twenty.

0:26:000:26:02

-Even after getting back

-to the hotel, the work isn't over.

0:26:080:26:11

-I'm trying to work out the names

-of the plants we've collected.

0:26:120:26:17

-I've got this clump of seeds.

0:26:180:26:20

-And a few leaves.

0:26:200:26:21

-I'm trying to work out

-what its name is...

0:26:220:26:25

-..from these books we borrowed

-in Teroko, headquarters.

0:26:250:26:30

-I know it's a clematis.

0:26:320:26:34

-But there are more

-than fourteen varieties.

0:26:350:26:39

-Eighteen in Taiwan.

0:26:400:26:41

-It's quite a job to work out

-which one it is.

0:26:420:26:45

-I think I've got it now,

-with Sue's help.

0:26:450:26:48

-I'm cleaning the seeds

-we collected today.

0:26:510:26:54

-We must do this tonight.

0:26:550:26:57

-There's a load of things

-we must do before going to bed.

0:26:580:27:02

-You need a lot of patience

-to clean the seeds.

0:27:040:27:07

-Especially when you're tired...

0:27:080:27:10

-..and have been walking

-in cold rain all day!

0:27:100:27:13

-This is one aspect I don't enjoy.

0:27:140:27:16

-Nearing the end

-of their visit to Taiwan...

0:27:190:27:22

-..Bleddyn and Sue look for the seeds

-of a very special plant.

0:27:220:27:26

-The seeds of this plant were first

-collected ten years ago.

0:27:280:27:32

-It's taken this long

-to get the seed...

0:27:320:27:35

-..to grow into a plant in Wales.

0:27:360:27:38

-They're keen now

-to get a fresh stock of seeds.

0:27:380:27:42

-This is Schefflera taiwaniana.

0:27:420:27:44

-We're going to release

-this plant next year.

0:27:450:27:48

-It's going to be an excellent

-plant for us.

0:27:480:27:51

-We've grown it in the garden

-for ten years.

0:27:510:27:55

-We're going to release it during

-the Chelsea Show week next year.

0:27:550:28:00

-It's our Number One plant, I think.

0:28:010:28:03

-I hope it will bring us

-a bit of money!

0:28:050:28:08

-This is the hardest species

-we've grown so far...

0:28:080:28:13

-..of these Scheffleras.

0:28:150:28:17

-People are used to seeing

-Scheffleras in houses.

0:28:170:28:20

-This is hardy enough

-to grow outside.

0:28:210:28:24

-We're quite high here,

-just under 3,000 metres altitude.

0:28:240:28:29

-That's quite hardy enough to grow

-throughout most of Britain.

0:28:290:28:33

-Scheffleras are very fashionable.

0:28:340:28:36

-This is the plant gardener Diarmuid

-Gavin wants for the Chelsea Show.

0:28:360:28:40

-I'll throw more of the fruit down.

0:28:430:28:45

-Right?

0:28:460:28:46

-Right?

-

-Right.

0:28:460:28:47

-There's three of them. Catch!

0:28:480:28:50

-The hunting is over

-for another year.

0:29:010:29:03

-Before leaving, they visit Taiwan's

-Museum of Natural Science...

0:29:040:29:08

-..in Taichung, to discuss

-their work with the experts.

0:29:080:29:12

-Bleddyn has examples

-of dried plants to show them.

0:29:130:29:17

-You can put the specimens here.

0:29:180:29:20

-Right.

0:29:230:29:24

-We can also return plants

-that originally came from Taiwan.

0:29:250:29:29

-We came here to collect

-seeds years ago.

0:29:300:29:34

-After disasters like earthquakes...

0:29:350:29:39

-..they almost lost some plants.

-So we can return plants to them.

0:29:400:29:44

-Bleddyn's field work

-enables the museum...

0:29:500:29:53

-..to reintroduce some rare

-plants to the wild.

0:29:530:29:57

-This is an important

-personal incentive for him.

0:29:570:30:01

-Back in Wales, winter beckons.

0:30:200:30:22

-It's time to get things in order.

0:30:250:30:27

-Right, we've got some

-pressed specimens here.

0:30:310:30:35

-It's a record in a way,

-like pressed flowers.

0:30:360:30:41

-I dry them here,

-after returning home.

0:30:430:30:47

-Then we keep them

-as a reference.

0:30:470:30:51

-Things like this will last

-for hundreds of years.

0:30:510:30:55

-I've got another very important

-plant this year.

0:30:560:31:00

-I was looking for this.

0:31:000:31:02

-It's called Sarcococcus,

-or Christmas Box.

0:31:020:31:05

-I collected this twig

-with fruit on it...

0:31:060:31:09

-..another twig with flowers

-and another with buds.

0:31:090:31:14

-Bleddyn has collected dried

-specimens like these from the start.

0:31:150:31:19

-I found these in India last year.

0:31:200:31:22

-A complete, correct

-record is essential.

0:31:240:31:27

-A number of the plants haven't been

-described in scientific books.

0:31:280:31:33

-Poring through the books,

-Bleddyn often discovers mistakes...

0:31:330:31:37

-..and corrects them.

0:31:380:31:39

-That's the Latin name.

0:31:400:31:42

-A few days after returning

-from Taiwan...

0:31:500:31:53

-..the plants arrive in the post.

0:31:540:31:56

-Our second parcel

-from Vietnam has arrived.

0:31:570:32:00

-It's come quickly too, in 3 days.

0:32:000:32:02

-The only thing is,

-the wrapping has torn a little.

0:32:030:32:06

-I'm in rather a hurry to see

-if everything's still here.

0:32:060:32:10

-I'm not allowed to open it

-without taking it to our quarantine.

0:32:110:32:15

-It's under lock and key.

0:32:180:32:20

-They're very strict about this.

0:32:220:32:24

-I'll just open this.

0:32:260:32:28

-I must wear a white coat here

-and disinfect my shoes.

0:32:290:32:33

-It's got an awful smell.

0:32:360:32:37

-Right, the plants.

0:32:420:32:43

-That looks very fresh.

0:32:450:32:46

-Lovely.

0:32:460:32:47

-Each plant and seed

-must be carefully unpacked.

0:32:480:32:51

-The whole collection must stay

-in the quarantine room...

0:32:510:32:55

-..until the official from the Plant

-Health Authority releases them.

0:32:550:32:59

-Bleddyn has one particular plant

-he wants to develop...

0:32:590:33:03

-..for this year's market,

-Sarcococcus, the Christmas Box.

0:33:040:33:08

-This is top of the list.

0:33:090:33:11

-That's why I've gone

-to so much trouble.

0:33:110:33:15

-I've got cuttings - and seeds too.

0:33:150:33:18

-I did get some seeds eventually.

0:33:210:33:23

-But we had to search for four days.

0:33:240:33:27

-It costs thousands of pounds

-to maintain the quarantine room.

0:33:280:33:32

-It's very important to comply

-with the strict regulations...

0:33:320:33:35

-..so they can keep

-their valuable importing licence.

0:33:350:33:39

-Any spare old leaves

-which we remove from things...

0:33:400:33:43

-..must be put in these bags.

0:33:430:33:45

-They're frozen

-for a week, then burnt.

0:33:450:33:49

-Not even water goes out of here.

0:33:490:33:51

-Quarantine is necessary to protect

-plants in Britain from disease.

0:33:520:33:56

-But conditions in the quarantine

-room aren't ideal for plants.

0:33:580:34:02

-Our main problem

-is keeping them cold.

0:34:030:34:06

-We try to collect plants from

-mountain tops, where it is cold...

0:34:060:34:10

-..so they can grow outdoors here.

0:34:110:34:13

-Trying to get them used to

-the outdoors is the next hurdle...

0:34:130:34:18

-..after six months in here.

0:34:190:34:21

-I'll just lock it.

0:34:220:34:23

-That's it.

0:34:240:34:25

-A few weeks after

-returning from Taiwan...

0:34:300:34:33

-..the official from the Plant Health

-Authority, David Warren, calls.

0:34:330:34:37

-Hello, David, how are you today?

0:34:380:34:39

-Hello, David, how are you today?

-

-Not bad.

0:34:390:34:40

-He's here to check if there

-are any diseases or insects...

0:34:400:34:44

-..on the plants

-from Vietnam and Taiwan.

0:34:440:34:47

-It's an anxious time for Bleddyn.

0:34:480:34:50

-He can't release the plants

-without David's permission.

0:34:500:34:54

-Thank you.

0:34:570:34:58

-If he found something wrong,

-we'd have to burn the plant...

0:35:030:35:08

-..and everything with it,

-pot and soil.

0:35:080:35:12

-Then we'd have

-to start quarantine again.

0:35:120:35:16

-Or burn them all!

0:35:170:35:18

-Bleddyn can't do anything

-now but wait...

0:35:210:35:24

-..and hope.

0:35:250:35:26

-David comes out -

-there is a problem.

0:35:270:35:30

-He's found an insect...

0:35:310:35:33

-..on the leaf of Bleddyn's most

-important find...

0:35:330:35:36

-..the Christmas Box.

0:35:360:35:37

-This is disastrous news.

0:35:370:35:39

-These plants are from the other

-side of the world...

0:35:410:35:44

-..in similar climatic

-conditions to the United Kingdom.

0:35:440:35:48

-And so therefore

-there's a strong possibility...

0:35:480:35:50

-..that any pests and diseases they

-may be carrying could survive...

0:35:500:35:54

-..in this climate.

0:35:550:35:57

-Our worst fear is alien insects...

0:35:570:36:00

-..very similarly or closely related

-to our own native species...

0:36:010:36:04

-..because these are quickly spread.

0:36:040:36:06

-All that Bleddyn can do now is wait

-while the Plant Health Authority...

0:36:090:36:13

-..carry out their experiments.

0:36:140:36:16

-If there's an insect, or traces

-of insects, on the plants...

0:36:160:36:19

-..they'll all have to be destroyed.

0:36:190:36:21

-They'd lose years of sales

-of the Christmas Box.

0:36:220:36:25

-A great personal

-and financial loss.

0:36:250:36:29

-At last, the call comes.

0:36:300:36:32

-It's bad news.

0:36:330:36:34

-888

0:36:380:36:40

-The worst possible news came

-from the Plant Health Authority.

0:36:420:36:47

-There's a problem

-with Bleddyn's most important find.

0:36:470:36:50

-They've found a new insect

-they've never seen before.

0:36:510:36:55

-So we've got to burn everything now.

0:36:550:36:58

-Bleddyn doesn't only discover

-new plants for science.

0:36:580:37:02

-He's discovered a new insect too.

0:37:020:37:04

-Unfortunately,

-it's on his favourite plant.

0:37:050:37:08

-They all have to be burnt.

0:37:090:37:11

-Luckily, we collected seeds

-from this plant...

0:37:110:37:14

-..Christmas Box, Sarcococcus.

0:37:150:37:17

-That was the main plant

-we looked for in Taiwan.

0:37:170:37:21

-The plants have gone now.

0:37:230:37:25

-But we've got a few seeds.

-I hope we'll be lucky with those.

0:37:260:37:30

-We lose two or three years

-until we have enough plants...

0:37:360:37:41

-..to produce more of them.

0:37:420:37:45

-But the work must go on.

0:38:010:38:03

-With winter approaching,

-Bleddyn must be watchful.

0:38:030:38:06

-He must get up early

-every day to do the rounds.

0:38:070:38:10

-That was yesterday at nightfall.

0:38:120:38:14

-Temperature is important.

-Frost can kill young plants.

0:38:140:38:18

-Bleddyn isn't the only busy person.

0:38:220:38:24

-Everyone has important work

-this time of year.

0:38:240:38:27

-It's January now and it's cold.

0:38:290:38:32

-We're preparing for the new season.

0:38:340:38:37

-Today, we're repotting

-a lot of the stock plants.

0:38:390:38:43

-We try to do that once a year.

0:38:450:38:47

-Most of these plants have never

-been grown in a nursery before.

0:38:500:38:54

-So it's essential to get

-the conditions right.

0:38:550:38:59

-Only Bleddyn can do this,

-as he's seen the plants in the wild.

0:38:590:39:04

-They must have plenty of air.

0:39:090:39:11

-This time of year,

-that's the main thing they need.

0:39:110:39:15

-That's why we redid this tunnel,

-to raise it.

0:39:170:39:21

-Now air can circulate

-around these young plants.

0:39:210:39:25

-It seems to be working well.

0:39:260:39:28

-Everything looks

-healthier this year.

0:39:290:39:32

-There are thousands of plants here,

-each with its own needs.

0:39:330:39:37

-There are only three weeks before

-Crug reopens to the public.

0:39:450:39:49

-By then, this sales corner

-has to be full of new plants.

0:39:500:39:55

-But winter isn't quite over.

0:40:050:40:07

-In February,

-there's an unexpected snowfall.

0:40:080:40:11

-Great for the dogs,

-but not for the plants.

0:40:110:40:14

-Only a week before opening,

-it's impossible to work.

0:40:150:40:19

-Only one staff member

-could get to work.

0:40:200:40:23

-It's important that the roots

-of young plants don't freeze.

0:40:360:40:41

-That's what we look out for most.

0:40:430:40:45

-We'll use the brushes.

0:40:480:40:49

-In early spring,

-the effects of winter can be seen.

0:41:130:41:16

-We've had a very mild winter.

0:41:170:41:19

-Everything was beginning

-to come out very early.

0:41:190:41:23

-The new growth was very early

-and was hit by frost.

0:41:240:41:28

-Some of these have frozen.

0:41:300:41:32

-All these Hydrangea

-buds have frozen.

0:41:320:41:35

-It's quite possible that things

-like this won't bloom this year.

0:41:350:41:39

-Pity, but there we are.

-We have to learn to live with it.

0:41:390:41:43

-It's April, and a big day at Crug.

0:41:570:41:59

-It's the launch

-of Schefflera taiwaniana.

0:42:000:42:04

-People swarm to buy it -

-and at a price of 50 each.

0:42:050:42:09

-Bleddyn and Sue first collected

-its seeds ten years ago.

0:42:120:42:16

-It's taken since then

-to grow enough plants to sell.

0:42:160:42:19

-Now, there's great

-anticipation to see the plant.

0:42:200:42:22

-And the Schefflera

-can only be bought at Crug.

0:42:230:42:26

-If they found something

-like this in Holland...

0:42:290:42:32

-..they'd start producing

-thousands of them.

0:42:330:42:37

-They can grow plants

-from test tubes.

0:42:370:42:40

-It's called micropropagation.

0:42:410:42:43

-We can't do that.

0:42:430:42:45

-We have to grow things

-like this from cuttings.

0:42:450:42:48

-You can't get a lot of cuttings

-from a plant like this.

0:42:490:42:52

-Or you can grow it from seed.

0:42:520:42:54

-So we have to wait until

-the plant grows big enough...

0:42:540:42:57

-..to produce its own seeds.

-It's done that.

0:42:570:43:01

-You can see that people

-will like this very much.

0:43:010:43:05

-The way the leaves fall.

0:43:050:43:07

-It's one of the best plants

-we've brought to this country.

0:43:070:43:11

-I've been looking forward

-to this one for a while.

0:43:120:43:15

-The launch attracts

-people from near and far.

0:43:180:43:22

-Plants are Bleddyn's life,

-but one has to earn a living.

0:43:220:43:27

-It's been a very successful day.

0:43:410:43:44

-A week later, and Diarmuid's back

-to collect his plants.

0:43:530:43:57

-He knows exactly what he wants to

-see first - the Schefflera.

0:43:580:44:01

-That is very beautiful.

0:44:010:44:03

-That is very beautiful.

-

-It's the whole mood of the time.

0:44:030:44:06

-Yes.

0:44:070:44:08

-Can we dig this one up

-and show it in Chelsea?

0:44:080:44:12

-It's amazing, absolutely amazing.

0:44:120:44:14

-I love them.

0:44:150:44:16

-I love them.

-

-Should be hardy to minus fifteen.

0:44:160:44:17

-Wow. OK, well,

-London town's no problem.

0:44:170:44:21

-You're used to this one, Mellifera.

0:44:220:44:24

-Everywhere.

0:44:240:44:25

-The Chelsea Show

-is only six weeks away.

0:44:260:44:29

-So, down to the plastic tunnels

-to choose plants.

0:44:290:44:32

-You've got the foliage on these.

0:44:330:44:34

-You've got the foliage on these.

-

-Absolutely, yes.

0:44:340:44:35

-By next week I would hope

-they'd be coming down to us.

0:44:370:44:42

-It's nice for us that Diarmuid sees

-plants here for the first time.

0:44:470:44:52

-Plants he's never seen before.

0:44:530:44:55

-He hasn't got an idea what they are.

0:44:550:44:58

-He's very excited about them.

0:44:590:45:01

-That's Tilifolia. It's from a little

-island off the coast of Korea.

0:45:020:45:06

-They're fantastic!

0:45:060:45:07

-They're fantastic!

-

-Yes.

0:45:070:45:08

-Would you have ten of them?

0:45:080:45:10

-Probably more than that.

0:45:100:45:12

-They're very passionate

-about their plants...

0:45:120:45:14

-..and they have very unusual plants.

0:45:140:45:16

-It's not like going to an ordinary

-nursery. It's very, very different.

0:45:170:45:21

-It's exciting.

0:45:230:45:24

-It's contemporary plant hunters,

-and you don't find too many of them.

0:45:250:45:29

-Gardening style is changing.

0:45:300:45:32

-People want the plants we grow.

0:45:330:45:35

-People are looking for leaves now.

0:45:370:45:39

-Flowers aren't as important.

0:45:410:45:43

-People look at the shape of the

-leaves. They want structure now.

0:45:440:45:48

-It's quite good really,

-isn't it, to get from here...

0:45:500:45:52

-..a little place like this,

-to Chelsea.

0:45:520:45:55

-Don't you think so?

0:45:550:45:57

-How's that?

0:45:570:45:58

-After Diarmuid leaves, the staff

-sort out the plants he chose...

0:46:010:46:05

-..for his garden at the show

-in Chelsea.

0:46:060:46:09

-We have to look after the leaves

-as if they were flowers.

0:46:170:46:21

-It's a relief as well

-to get them out of the way...

0:46:220:46:25

-..so that somebody else

-can look after them for us.

0:46:250:46:28

-While loading,

-Sue gets some good news.

0:46:360:46:39

-We've been invited by the president

-of the RHS for drinks at Chelsea.

0:46:390:46:43

-Good lord!

0:46:430:46:44

-Have we? What for?

0:46:450:46:46

-I'm very excited!

0:46:480:46:50

-Brilliant, isn't it?

0:46:510:46:52

-Well, it is.

0:46:540:46:55

-Fabulous.

0:46:560:46:57

-When's that?

0:46:580:46:59

-When's that?

-

-The 25th.

0:46:590:47:00

-I'll have to get a new frock now!

0:47:010:47:03

-He's taking a dozen of these.

0:47:110:47:13

-At 75 for a large Schefflera...

0:47:160:47:18

-..a lot of money

-is going out of the doors.

0:47:180:47:22

-It's very special to receive

-an invitation like this...

0:47:440:47:48

-..to meet the president at Chelsea.

0:47:480:47:50

-It's something you can't buy.

0:47:520:47:54

-The big day has arrived.

-We're going to Chelsea tomorrow.

0:48:160:48:20

-I've decided to take

-the white linen skirt...

0:48:210:48:26

-..and a small white top.

0:48:290:48:31

-And this, if it's cold.

0:48:320:48:35

-But I've bought one new thing,

-a handbag.

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-I thought it was a bit of fun, to go

-to Chelsea with a handbag like this.

0:48:440:48:48

-I've got shoes to match.

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-A bit of fun, for Chelsea.

0:48:520:48:55

-Down at the big show...

0:48:560:48:58

-..Diarmuid is working on his garden

-until the last minute.

0:48:580:49:02

-But he's glad of one thing.

0:49:020:49:04

-Do you see the new plants?

0:49:040:49:06

-We only know them as house plants

-in this country, the Scheffleras.

0:49:070:49:10

-This is a Schefflera Taiwanese.

-Come here, have a look at it.

0:49:100:49:12

-You have to see this.

-It's never been seen.

0:49:120:49:15

-They're the bees knees,

-the big kahuna.

0:49:160:49:20

-Diarmuid gets a lot of attention

-at the Chelsea Show...

0:49:200:49:24

-..as much for the colourful balls

-as for the plants.

0:49:240:49:28

-Finally, the adjudication.

0:49:280:49:29

-The trees are exceptionally good.

0:49:300:49:32

-He wins the Silver-Gilt Medal.

0:49:330:49:35

-Sue and Bleddyn

-visit Diarmuid in his garden.

0:49:350:49:38

-We enjoyed Chelsea, didn't we?

0:49:390:49:40

-We enjoyed Chelsea, didn't we?

-

-Yes.

0:49:400:49:41

-A day out.

0:49:430:49:44

-We saw how the other half live!

0:49:470:49:49

-It's been a very busy

-and important year...

0:49:500:49:54

-..for Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones.

0:49:550:49:57

-The launch of the Schefflera

-was successful...

0:49:570:49:59

-..and the gardens look superb.

0:50:000:50:02

-Bleddyn and Sue have spent 13 years

-travelling around the world...

0:50:020:50:06

-..collecting plants.

0:50:060:50:08

-Now, people from all over the world

-travel to Wales to buy them.

0:50:080:50:12

-I'm sure we'll just carry on.

0:50:130:50:15

-Travel as much as we can,

-for as long as we can.

0:50:160:50:19

-For twenty more years, I hope.

-We'll see.

0:50:190:50:22

-If we have our health.

0:50:240:50:25

-If we have our health.

-

-Let's hope so.

0:50:250:50:26

-Or I'll go in a chair one day,

-to look for things!

0:50:270:50:31

-And send you to get them.

0:50:310:50:33

-And send you to get them.

-

-LAUGHTER

0:50:330:50:34

-We're very lucky.

0:50:340:50:35

-We're very lucky.

-

-Yes.

0:50:350:50:36

-We enjoy what we do.

0:50:370:50:37

-We enjoy what we do.

-

-Yes.

0:50:370:50:38

-It would be good to make more money.

-But we earn a living.

0:50:380:50:42

-Better than when we farmed,

-which is most important.

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-We're happy.

0:50:490:50:50

-We're happy.

-

-Yes.

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Portread o fywyd a gwaith cwpl o Gaernarfon sy'n teithio'r byd i chwilio am blanhigion a hadau prin. Fascinating story of a Welsh couple who travel the world in search of rare plants.