Show 2012 - Quality not Quantity!
With this year’s
erratic weather, it’s quite a triumph to have anything to show
at all and members should be congratulated on their entries, which were
certainly of good quality – there just weren’t as many as
usual ….. The torrential rain of the previous week had ruined
many flowers and most vegetables were not growing too well, with lack
of warmth and poor light levels.
For me the 2012
miracles were the stunning delphiniums (shown by Jim Stockwell and Brian
Fitzgerald among others) which had withstood the wind and rain. Ann
Higgins had also managed to produce perfect sweet peas to win the Lemmy
cup. Soft fruit had done surprisingly well, with Ian Cooper’s
redcurrants winning the Fruit Cup. Rita Pickett won a number of fuchsia
classes including the British Fuchsia Society award for the best exhibit,
a pot of ‘Lambada’ covered in flowers. Michael Elliott won
the Royal Horticultural Society Banksian medal having successfully shown
a range of vegetables, including splendid onions.
A new class, clematis
blooms floating in a bowl, was popular, with Brian Fitzgerald’s
lavender and deep purple combination proving a winner. Another new class
which first appeared in the Spring Show – garden flowers in a
jam jar – attracted more entries this time and looks as though
it will be here to stay. Floral art entries were few but there were
four for the Thornberry Trophy for an all round arrangement incorporating
flowers and foliage. This was awarded to Sue Stockwell for her attractive
arrangement with grasses. Julie Hewitt’s brilliant ‘take’
on the theme of ‘Take Five’ complete with vintage Dave Brubeck
records was the best floral art exhibit.
were down for cookery too – surely not due to the weather? –
but the judge decided Sue Stockwell’s pineapple upside down cake
was best in show. Excellent children’s entries included those
in the miniature allotments class. First prize winner Liam Jolly’s
had a very realistic shed, Emily Sutlow had growing veg in hers and
Matt Watson – whose rows of ‘veg’ were fruit and herbs
- won the cup for best exhibit from a junior not winning a first prize
in this or a previous show.
of all the cup and award winners is below.