one had high expectations of the first show of 2013 after the exceptionally
cold and wet weather we had experienced for months, with low light levels
just making things worse. But as usual, members were undaunted and while
the actual number of entries was down, the quality which has become
the hallmark of LHS shows was certainly evident.
As ever, all shapes and sizes of daffodils predominated. Jim Stockwell’s
collection of first prizes for his perfect specimens of a range of cultivars
earned him the Lea cup and also the Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for
the best bloom. The Fisk cup for collections in the open classes went
to Richard Hilson’s collections of equally perfect blooms. Michael
Elliott’s bowl of tete-a-tete was much admired in the miniatures
class. The special members’ class, this year for the daffodil
‘Rapture’ (a really pretty and delicate bloom) was won by
Sally McBirney, while Richard Watson won the Daffodil Cup (for members
who had not previously won a first prize for daffodils) with 2 bowls
of perfect miniatures.
As was to be expected there was little in the way of individual vegetables
apart from some excellent leeks, but it was good to see an attractive
selection of trugs being entered again.
Possibly the most noticeable sign of the late spring was the few entries
for flowering shrubs. However, pot plants figure well in the Spring
Show when there is less to show from the garden. Clare Wilson’s
glossy foliage plants won the ‘Mother and Child’ class,
Lorelei Hilson and Wendy Dumbleton had firsts for a superb fern and
and a very large African Violet respectively. The Humphreys’ giant
amaryllis Red Lion (a £5 bulb from Sainsbury’s!) was the
judge’s favourite for best pot plant and flower. The bowl of floating
hellebore blooms continues to prove popular (won by Margaret Carter)
as do the informal arrangements in a jam jar.
After several years with few entries, support for the flower-arranging
classes continues to grow and entries for the Chinese New Year theme
- the Year of the Snake - were particularly impressive with their red
and gold tones and imaginative takes on the ‘snake’. There
were 8 entries in the miniature egg cup arrangements, with Anne Skinner’s
compact creation winning first prize. Anne also had the best exhibit
with her Children’s Easter, comprising rabbits, chicks and eggs
galore, balanced on lovely pussy willows.
Entries are also up for the junior classes and the children really went
to town on their junk models, with everything from a fashion boutique
to impressive robots. Liam Jolly’s pretty butterfly-decorated
cake for Mother’s Day and perfect Rapture bloom helped to contribute
to his award of the Kieron James Toys Shield.
Helen Dunlop won a number of firsts for cookery ranging from Leek and
Potato Soup to Chocolate Mousse but the judge pronounced Margaret Wells’s
fatless sponge the best in show. Entries in the handicraft section ranged
from Pat Whetstone’s winning tapestry picture to Hugh Parkyn’s
watercolour, but Sue Stockwell’s silver initialled bookmark entry
in the Valentine keepsake class was best in show. There was a good range
of entries for the photographic section and as usual Tom Hughes entered
a number of wines to take the Dawson cup.