Despite reservations concerning the early development of the daffodils, flowers and shrubs followed by a deluge of rain the day before the show we were pleasantly surprised to receive such a wonderful array of good quality exhibits. A record at 189 in total which is 61 more than last year! There were 16 camellias (1 last year) and 10 vases of 9 assorted daffodils and 10 vases of cut tulips (1 last year).
Whilst judging was in progress the members took part in the annual gardening quiz and once again Mrs Daphne Frost was declared the winner with an amazing 43 out of 50 points. Afterwards the judge, Mark Ward congratulated the society on another excellent show and then spoke about some of the exhibits before presenting the prizes to the main winners.
Spring Show Prize winners: Jenny Hall won the Spring cup for the most points overall with George Dance as runner-up; George also won the ‘Best Daffodil in Show’ class; Sue Jordan won the ‘Best Other Exhibit’ with a pot of tulips and Tony Madeley won the Eric Cook cup for the ‘Best pot of Daffodils’ grown from bulbs provided by the Society last September. There were 21 exhibits in this class. Jim Stratton is the Show secretary.
Members were given fuchsia plugs to grow-on to exhibit in a special class in the summer show which takes place on Sunday 3rd August in the Triangle.
Members are now busy preparing for the Plant Sale which will be held on Saturday, 17th May at 9am in the car park at Whistle Stop public house in the centre of Liss.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, 6th May at 7.30pm in the Triangle Centre in Liss when Brian Kidd will give a talk and practical demonstration on simple pruning. We will be holding an additional meeting this year on 3rd of June, when Richard Withypitt from Withypitts Dahlias will come to talk about ‘How to Grow Dahlias’