Harrogate Spring Show 2018


Although this was generally a late season, by 26 April daffodils had caught up so the show was not the bumper one that had been expected a few weeks before the event. It had however been probably the worst season ever for those like Johnny Walkers who put on displays at shows like this. However as the above photo shows, where there’s a will there’s a way!
Frankie Charlton’s display attracted so many viewers to his stand that I was unable to get an uninterrupted photo, however one of the most interesting items on display was a bowl of John Blanchard’s miniature cultivar Peseta with siax florets on each stem. I have grown it for years and never managed more than three.
Ken Harrop, including his nom de plume of Denton C & D Society, won the Open 12 bloom and Society collection classes including in the former the Grand Chapion Bloom ‘Spoilt Choice’ and in the same class Frankie Charlton had the Best Seedling Bloom, a Brian Duncan 1Y=P seedling where apparently the seedling number and its parents have been lost. Keep looking Frankie. Full lists all the Show Results and Best Blooms can be seen by clicking the links.
Mention also should be made here of Eddie Crutchley’s ‘The Baltic’ which was the Reserve Grand Champion Bloom albeit being shown in the Transition Exhibitor’s Section, and Ivor an Barbara Fox’s success in gaining so many Best Bloom awards.
A few photos are shown below, click on the images to increase their size. One plea to the Groups Show organisers. Please provide an area to which flowers can be taken to be photographed so to be clear of other flowers.

‘Spoilt Choice’
Grand Champion
Ken Harrop

‘The Baltic’
Reserve Grand Champion
Eddie Crutchley

1Y-P seedling
Best Seedling
Frankie Charlton

‘Miss Lizzie;
Best Div 5
Daphne Hogg

‘Mary Plumstead’
Best Miniature
Ivor Fox

‘Clouded Yellow’
Best Vase of Three
Steve Ryan

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Belfast Spring Fair and Flower Show

This show was held on Saturday 21st April and Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Details and photographs will follow later.

To view the results of the main collection classes and Best Bloom awards click here

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Northern Ireland Daffodil Group Winter Show 25 February 2018

This show was held at Ballance House, the restored birthplace of John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand and was supported by exhibitors from Northern and Southern Ireland. The 8 sections in the schedule were for Miniature Narcissus, Galanthus, Crocus, Other Bulbous Plants, Hellebores, Other Non-bulbous Plants, Standard Daffodils, and last but not least, Foliage.

The daffodil content of the show was mainly for miniature daffodils with just two classes for standard cultivars. A complete list of the daffodil results may be found here.

The following photographs were provided by Anne Wright, click on them to expand.

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Elsecar Society 8 April 2018

It was nice to seea few more exhibitors arriving with flowers after the sparse start to the season, with almost all the divisions being represented. The new classes for miniatures being well supported.

The class calling for 12 cultivars from not less than 3 div was won by Alan Robinson as was the class  for 6 restricted, 2 vases of 3 and a vase of 6 of one cultivar.

The rest of the classes were shared out between S Vinden, J Akers, C Yeardley and E Crouchly

6 blooms
Banker
Alan Robinson

Best Bloom
Banker
Alan Robinson

12 bloom
Collection
Alan Robinson

 

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AGM and Early Show Sunday 18 March 2018

Please note that as a result of the snow this has been CANCELLED.

Please note that Anne Wright’s Daffodil Day which was cancelled due to the previous Beast from the East will now be held on Sunday 25 March 2018 from 1 to 4pm.

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Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018

The Schedule for the Dafodil Show at Harrogate can be seen here.

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Northern Group Late Show 2018

The Northern Group Late Show will be held on Saturday 12 May 2018 at Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley S75 3AP.

The schedule for the show can be seen here.

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Northern Group AGM 2018

The Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held on Sunday 18 March 2018 at Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley S75 3AP commencing at 2pm.

In conjunction with the AGM there will be the Northern Group Early Show. To see the schedule click here.

Time table for the day.
Staging 8.00am to 11.00am
Judging 11.30am
Lunch (not provided) 12.30 to 1.30pm
AGM 2.00pm to 3.00pm (approx)
Presentation of awards 3.30 to 4.00pm
Show Closed 4.00pm

The schedule for this show has been extended to include more classes for Miniature and Intermediate flowers. Spring flowering Daffodil species flower in the wild and in cultivation much earlier than the Society holds its shows. Many exhibitors therefore do not have the opportunity to see the flowers from which their exhibition cultivars have been hybridised. There has been a significant increase in interest and hybridisation of Miniatures and at the two RHS early shows at Rosemoor and Wisley there are a number of classes for seedlings. We have therefore included Assessment Classes for both Miniature and Intermediate flowers which are unregistered or not on the Daffodil Society Lists of approved cultivars.

Please attend the AGM and show.

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Autumn Flowering Daffodils 2017


Wendy and I made over 20 visits together to Spain, Portugal and France to see daffodils growing in the wild. These included two trips to see those that flowered in the autumn and two unsuccessful winter searches around Luarca in Northern Spain for ‘Cedric Morris’. It is therefore extremely strange to be making an autumn trip without her, though accompanied by eldest son Noel and his wife Anne and for the first time ever not having to do the driving the blow has been softened. Continue reading

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AGM 2017

Autumn Meeting   Sunday 8th October 2017

Dear Daff Enthusiasts

The season has come round once again and you are cordially invited to attend the autumn meeting and bulb auction to be held in Tankersley Village Hall, Pilley S75 3AP

The bulbs on offer are kindly donated by some of the top suppliers so come along and have a bid. There is also a lot to discus about for 2018 shows so please come a long.

I would also like to thank on behalf of the Northern Group all those who helped at the shows throughout the season and let’s keep it going so we can show the Daffodil.

The order of events will be as follows;

11.00am      Committee Meeting

12.30pm      Lunch

1.30pm        Meeting (To arrange things for 2018 season)

2.30pm        Tea & Biscuits

3.00pm        Bulb Auction

5.00pm        Meeting Closes

All times are approx

There will be the usual raffle & contributions would be appreciated

Yours in anticipation

Chris Bone.   Secretary N.G.

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