Wendy Akers

The non-religious funeral service to celebrate the life of Wendy Akers will take place on Friday 25 August 2017 at 2:20pm at Wakefield Crematorium, Standbridge Lane, Wakefield, WF4 3JA. All present are warmly invited by Wendy’s family to join them afterwards at Wrenthorpe Village Hall, 1 Wrenthorpe Lane, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield WF2 0NE.

No flowers please, but donations, in lieu of flowers will be given to Wakefield Hospice, Aberford Road, Wakefield WF1 4TS.

Please do not hesitate to wear colourful, particularly floral, items of clothing.

I would be grateful, if able to attend, if you could possibly let me know in advance, preferably by email to james@oleana.co.uk, so that I can make the catering arrangements.

Can I also take this opportunity to thank everyone for the many cards and other communications that I and the family have received since Wendy’s death.

James Akers

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Sad News

We are sad to report the death of our President, Wendy Akers on Sunday 5 August 2017.

Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted on this site when available.

James Akers

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Elsecar 9 April 2017

Most of the flowers which had been on the bench at Wakefield the previous day (or at the the shows the weekend before) made an appearance at Elsecar. One exception were those belonging to Steve Ryan  who judged, however they were compensated for by the appearance of Mr and Mrs Crutchley, Barry Hogg, Chris Bone and members from the Elsecar Society. There were four good entries in the twelve bloom collection class and three in the six.

Alan Robinson won the twelve, Christine Yeardley and Eddie Crutchley second and Third repectively. The same three exhitors were also successful in the six, Alan winning again withe second and third places reversed

12 Bloom Collection
First
Alan Robinson

12 Bloom Collection
Second
Christine Yeardley

12 Bloom Collection
Third
E & D Crutchley

6 Bloom Collection
Winner in centre
2nd LH, 3rd RH

Best Bloom
Banker
Alan Robinson

3 Div 1Y
Ombersley
E&D Crutchley

Misty Glen
2 Merlin
J Linney

Three
Ombersley
Barry Hogg

Div1,2,3 Ombersley
Banker Cool Crystal
Barry Hogg

3 Div 2
High Society
Wendy Akers

3 Div 2
Banker
Alan Robinson

3 Div 2
Pacific Rim
E&D Crutchley

3 Div 3 Merlin Park Springs Hartlebury
Christine Yeardley

3 Div 4
Crowndale
E&D Crutchley

3 Div 7
Kokopelli
Daphne Hogg

3 Div 11
Changing Colors
Chris Bone

Xit N. x intemedius
Yellow Xit
Christine Yeardley

Division 1
Ombersley
E&D Crutchley

Division 2
Lakeland Fair
Barry Hogg

Mowser

Division 7
Mowser
Wendy Akers

Division 13
Jantje
Chris Bone

3 Division 5
Thalia
R Lister

Members
Strines
R Lister

Members
Unnamed
R Lister

 

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Wakefield Paxton Show 8 April 2017

This was a sad day at Wakefield when after 140 years the Paxton Society held its final show. Founded in 1877 it wasn’t the lack of money or exhibitors but the inability to attract enough members to carry out the task of providing the support required to organise and man the two Annual shows which the Society provided. Wendy had been showing daffodils here for nearly 30 years and my father for a similar time prior to that. For Auricula exhibitors it has ended an even longer period since the first ever recorded show for that flower was in April 1807 when the Wakefield Florists Society held its first show and the Paxton Society continued the tradition when the former Society decided to concentrate solely on tulips.
This show was well supported and there were some good flowers, particularly from Steve Ryan and Alan Robinson but several other exhibitors played their part.
there were five entries in the six cultivar collection class won by Steve Ryan who also had the second placed entry and Alan Robinson was third. I have commented in previous years about allowing two entries in collection classes. I don’t think it should be allowed. The first prize entry is second from the right, second  and third on its right and left respectively. Below are photographs of most of the winning entries. Click on them to expand.

Best Bloom
Alan Robinson
Impeccable

Six Collection
Winner
Alan Robinson

3 Div 1 Steve Ryan
Chobe River Sergeants Caye Lighthouse Reef

3 Div 2 Steve Ryan Goldhanger Pol Crocan Rebecca’s Fire

3 Div 3 Steve Ryan
Jenna Dr Hugh Carole Lombard

3 Div 4 A. Robinson Sherborne Crackington Gay Kybo

3 Div 11
Ron Crabtree
Marion Pearce

Div1,2,3 Wendy Akers
Gold Convention Pebble Mill Badbury Rings

Div 1
Steve Ryan
Chobe River

Div 2
Wendy Akers
Gold Convention

Div 3
Steve Ryan
Carole Lombard

Div 4
Ivor Fox
Jack Daniel

Div 5
Ivor Fox
My Belle

Div 6
Ivor Fox
The Foxtrott

Div 7
Ivor Fox
Silver Dollar

Div 8
E&J Kendall
Avalanche

Div 9
Ivor Fox
Blisland

Div 11
Iver Fox
Jabber Wocky

3 Intermediates
E&J Kendall
Little Alice

Six Blooms
Alan Robinson
Banker

Div 13
?
N. triandrus

3 x 3 Miniatures
Wendy Akers Xit China Gold Clare

Six Miniatures
Christine Yeardley
see photo

3 Miniatures
E&J Kendall
Yellow Xit

One Miniature
Ivor Fox
N. poeticus hellenicus

Members 3 blooms
J Warwick
Gay Kybo?

Members 1 Bloom
J Warwick
Gay Kybo?

Impeccable was the Best Bloom in the show exhibited by Alan Robinson. A few general pictures below including the Society President Norman Hazell making the presentations. If you can help me out with a few names please do so using the reply form below.

John Kendall

Photos of past shows

Margaret Shield

Steve Ryan

Alan Robinson

Ian Robinson

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Sad News

I learned last night, of the recent death of Richard Brook.

Richard could only be described as eccentric. Never a great exhibitor, his main interest in daffodils was as a hybridiser and in some ways way ahead of his time. More than thirty years ago he was raising wonderful miniature cyclamineus hybrids including several reversed bicolours which unfortunately were never seen outside his garden near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. He will however be remembered for one flower which did escape, his only registration, Tripartite (April Tears x Baccarat) which caused a minor sensation when it was registered in 1980. It is still successfully shown today, and has received both an RHS AGM and Wister Award.

Richard never married. The funeral will be held on 8 May.

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Ancient Society of York Florists 8 April 2017

The Daffodil Show of this Society has for a number of years struggled with its show date and the location at which it was held. Often it clashed with the Daffodil Society Annual Show and more recently, as this year, with the weekend of the Wakefield and Elsecar shows. Askham Bryan was a good location however the need to have the show open while judging was taking place was far from ideal, but the move this year to the Recreation Hall was a great success. As the Wakefield show in 2017 was the last to be held, after 140 years since the formation of the Paxton Society, there is the potential for York to grasp the opportunity of extending its schedule and greatly increasing the scope of its show.

There were three exhibits in the six cultivar class won by Ken Bowser, with John Freer second and Simon Wilson (Scruton and Wilson) third. There was only one point between first and second and the same margin between second and third, though to be blunt, Ken’s flowers stood out over the others but he was let down by his staging and presentation.

Ken also won the class for three blooms of three different cultivars, with the entry being judged as the Best Exhibit in the show.

Following are photographs of all the winning Daffodil entries, click on them to increase the size of the image. I apologise for the quality as the lack of a dark backcloth and the flowery curtains caused a few problems.

Three vases of 3
Winner (centre)
Ken Bowser

Thee Div 1
Ombersley
Simon Wilson

Three Div 2
?
John Freer

Div1, 2 and 3 (LH)
Goldhanger Cristobel Badenloch Simon Wilson

Three Div 3
Best Friend
Ken Bowser

Three Div 4
?
Simon Wilson

Three Div 6
Lilac Charm
Sue Vinden

Div 1
Ombersley
Ken Bowser

Div 2 & Best Bloom
Banker
Ken Bowser

Div 3
?
Ken Bowser

Div 4
Jersey Roundabout
John Freer

Div 6
Sugar Rose
Sue Vinden

Three Div 8
Falconet
Sue Vinden

Div 11
Cool Evening
Sue Vinden

3 Miniatures
Segovia
John Freer

?
?
?

 

 

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Leeds Paxton show 1 April 2017


I have often heard exhibitors say “if it wasn’t for us there wouldn’t be a show”. They are wrong! If it wasn’t for the people who organise and support a show it wouldn’t continue as has happened  at Denton, Colton and Whitkirk, and at Wakefield Paxton Society this year. So a great vote of thanks to Graham Wheatley and the team of helpers who continue to make this show such a success. It was great to relax after the wonderful lunch provided by the Society, while Judge Steve Ryan deliberated, and reminisce about former shows. All that was missing was the ability to share a pint pulled by the late John Emmett, a facility unfortunately no longer available.

It was an early season this year so this, the first serious show for most exhibitors, was well supported with three entries in the ‘twelve’ and six entries in the ‘six’. Alan Robinson won both, he usually does, with Christine Yeardley second in the ‘twelve’ and Mr and Mrs Kendall third. In the ‘six’ the runner up was Wendy Akers with Christine third.

The following photographs cover virtually all the winners of the classes, click on them to get a larger view. The Best Bloom was Ombersley shown by one of the area’s newer and younger exhibitors Simon Wilson although Ivor Fox’s four-headed Kokopelli ran it close.

It was a great show. Long may it continue!

Twelve Bloom
Collection – winner
Alan Robinson

Six Bloom
Collection – winner
Alan Robinson

Div 1 & Best Bloom
Ombersley
Simon Wilson

Three Div 1
Midas Touch
John Freer

3 blooms – English Caye
Entente Brindabella
Alan Robinson

Div 2
Saxonbury
Alan Robinson

Three Div 2
Gold Convention
Alan Robinson

Div 3
Badbury Rings
Wendy Akers

Three Div 3
Segovia
John Freer

Div 4
Jack Daniel
Ivor Fox

Three Div 4
Heamoor
Christine Yeardley

Div 5
Quick Bells
Ivor Fox

Div 6
Lemon Silk
Sue Vinden

Three Div 6
Snipe
Mr & Mrs Kendall

Div 7
Kokopelli
Ivor Fox

Three Div 7
Penny Perowne
Ron Crabtree

Div 8
Minnow
Sue Vinden

Three Div 8
Falconet
Sue Vinden

Div 9
Capability Brown
Ivor Fox

Three Div 9
Capability Brown
Ivor Fox

Div 11
Saxby
Ivor Fox

Three Div 11
Marion Pearce
Ron Crabtree

One Miniature
N. rupicola
Ivor Fox

Three Miniatures
N. poeticus hellenicus
Ivor Fox

Members Div 1
Ombersley
Graham Wheatley

Members Div 2
Broomhil
Graham Wheatley

Members Div 3
Carole Lombard
Graham Wheatley

Members Div 4
Brindabella
John Freer

Members Div 6
Surfside
Mr & Mrs Kendall

Sargeant’s Caye, American Dream Athol Palace (Kendalls)

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Wrenthorpe Show 2 April 2017


To see the list of prizewinners and trophy winners click here

Hot on the heels of Leeds’ show the followig day is Wrenthorpe G C Show. Carefully transporting any particularly good flowers overnight to show them again at Wrenthorpe is usually possible, unfortunately in this much too warm spring, some didn’t make it. Nevertheless the daffodils were looking good, as were the rest of the show. The support that the members contribute, not just in exhibiting in all the various classes but the preparaion of the stands, refreshments and everything it takes to put on a successful show and achieve a full hall of visitors doesn’t hppen by acident. Peter Trickett, new broom chairman and his wife Judy put in a lot of effort, backed up by a wonderrful team of helpers.  There are plenty of opportunities for anyone who wishes to exhibit, either in the open classes for members or generally. A general view of the show before the visitors arrive gives an idea of the entries in the various classes.

Just a note to exhibitors and organisers. As can be seen from the photograph of the 3 Division 11 flowers, exhibitors should try and ensure that their flowers do not stand above the back cloth of the staging. However the current staging back cloth is rather low and a further six inches of height would make a significant improvement.

To expand any of the photographs below click on it.

The Judges
From all
the sections

One side of
the Daffodil
Competition

6 Cultivar
Collection Class
7 entries

Three Cultivars
3 blooms of each
Alan Robinson

One bloom from
divisions 1 ,2 and 3
Christine Yeardley

3 division 2
Banker
Jeff English

3 Division 3
Park Springs
Christine Yeardley

3 Division 4
Heamoor
Christine Yeardley

3 Division 6
Rapture
E&J Kendall

3 Division 7
Kokopelli
Mrs D K Hogg

3 Division 11
Bosbigal
Ian Robinson

1 Division 1
Ombersley
S Wilson

1 Division 2
Altun Ha
S Wilson

1 Division 3
Perdreda
S Wilson

1 Division 4
Heamoor
S Wilson

1 Division 6
Lemon Silk
Sue Vinden

1 Division 7
Kokopelli
Ivor Fox

1 Division 11
Saxsby
Ivor Fox

3 Miniature Blooms
Pacific Coast
Linda English

1 Miniature Bloom
Snipe
Linda English

Carr Gate Garden
Centre Trophy
Alan Robinson

Dinsley Trophy
Winner
Margaret Shield

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RHS Early Daffodil Competition 28-29 March 2017


It is a long walk from the entrance at Wisley to the show venue in the large glasshouses, but a pleasant one nevertheless. Gone are the days when many of the beds were mainly bare earth and inadequate labeling was the norm. Now the beds are inviting, and although larger than most modern gardens could provide, hint at what might be achieved on a smaller scale. Tulips are my main interest, and to be honest (and a little boastful), provide a much better display than daffodils planted in the same way, with foliage which dies down far more quickly. I remember on our several trips to Holland to assess tulips for the Award of Garden Merit it being stressed that the height should be uniform and the flowers stand above the foliage, so what could be better than the ones in the bed in the above picture. Even blowing up its size I can’t read the name. Cees Breed who sadly died two days before this show began would have told me straight away, having won Holland’s annual competition for naming unlabeled tulips for so many years. I am missing him already.

Where daffodils win out over tulips is their ability to grow in grass, particularly the species both here at Wisley and at Rosemoor, as noted in that report, which quite conveniently leads me on to the Miniatures in the competition. People say that I am obsessed with miniatures; I am! Both here and two weeks ago at Rosemoor their presence was magnificent.
The three photographs of classes above are those for miniature flowers. Unfortunately the light in the glasshouses made it very difficult to get good results and therefore I apologise for the quality of the few that are shown below. John Blanchard, the inspiration for most people in the UK who admire miniatures, has always been critical of photographs which portray miniatures in close-up without giving any indication of their actual size. He is quite right and the picture below of Roundita is a perfect example as it could easily be mistaken for a photograph of standard 1Y-Y daffodils. I haven’t got an easy solution to the problem, holding a tape measure in one hand against the flower and photographing with the other just isn’t on. I do however always try to show a general photograph of the miniature flowers which if you blow it up allows you to locate an individual vase and get some indication of the relative size.

Cameo Joy
Best Bloom
Len Olive

Best Bloom
Selection
team

BD3241
Best Seedling/Miniature
Brian Duncan

Dorneywood
1W-Y
Richard Gillings

Three vases
3 blooms div 6
Richard Hilson

3 vases
3 blooms
Frankie Charlton

6 Cultivars (raised)
One entry 1st
Brian Duncan

09-13-04
Single Bloom (raised)
Exhibitor (?)

Churchfield Bells
Winner Div 5
Richard Tabor

Birky
Winner 2W-P
Richard Gillings

^ Bloom Collection
Winner
Dave Spencer

 

Flammea
Winner 2Y-YYO
Frankie Charlton

Gipsy Vale
Single miniature (raised)
Brian Duncan

3 Miniatures (raised)
1 Anne Wright (LH)
2 James Akers (RH)

6 Miniatures (raised)
1 Brian Duncan (LH)
2 Anne Wright (RH)

Roundita
3 Miniatures
Frankie Charlton

Hummingbird
Three miniatures
Robin Crouchman

3 vases Species
3 blooms each
Brian Duncan

3 Miniature Cultivars
3 Blooms each
Brian Duncan

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RHS Rosemoor 11-12 March 2017


The garden at Rosemoor is in a wonderful setting and the Narcissus cyclamineus and Narcissus bulbocodium which are naturalised in the grass were at their best as the photo above shows. Unfortunately high winds damaged the intended location of the show a couple of days before resulting in its relocation into the lecture room and educational centre. Georgina and the Rosemoor staff are to be congratulated for the way in which they coped so well with the situation.
Adrian Scamp put on a fine ‘trade stand’ and Christine Skelmersdale and Jackie Petherbridge made good use of the limited space available to mount a small educational display. The serious lack of space prevented Carlos van der Veek from displaying the wonderful pots of daffodils and hyacinths that he had brought from Holland until much later in the day (hence no photograph), however his generosity in allowing them to be raffled off resulted in a good donation to the Marie Curie Charity.Within the same hall was the camellia show for the flower which grows so well in that part of the world. In addition there were a number of classes for alpines and bulbs in pots which also added to overall splendour of the show.
In the classes for for standard daffodils, Ivor Clark had a field day winning virtually all the classes. Three of his best vases are shown below. Ombersley; Arleston (3 blooms); Impeccable, Banker, Heamoor, Honeybourne, Silent Valley.

Two of the classes that Ivor did not win were those for blooms from division 10 and division 5. These were won by the youngest exhibitor Edwin Lanyon from Truro (shown here with mentor Christine Skelmersdale) with Oxford Gold and Angel’s Whisper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are only two Best Bloom awards at this show, the chosen flowers being Best Standard Daffodil, Seedling F41 shown by Carlos van der Veek for which there are two photographs below and Best Miniature Narcissus cyclamineus shown by Brian Duncan.

 

 

 

For many years after daffodil exhibiting began in the 1800s there was little interest in miniature daffodils in the United Kingdom. Alec Gray in the middle of the 20th century changed that with the introduction of the flowers that are those which are the ones mainly shown in competition today. John Blanchard then took over the reins as the main hybridiser but there was so little interest in small flowers that several of his raisings crossed the Atlantic to the USA to find a home. Ron Scamp, Anne Wright, John Gibson and Brian Duncan, among the Commercial Growers and an increasing number of amateur exhibitors have now taken up the cudgels to support what is now a very popular section. It is interesting to see at this show and also at the Early Competition at Wisley that members of the general public show much greater interest in miniature flowers than in the standard daffodils. Unfortunately because many of the species narcissus, and hybrids from them, flower much earlier than standard daffodils it is only at those two shows that the full range of what is now available or about to be released can be seen and enjoyed. At Daffodil Society shows exhibited miniatures must come from a list whose concept was agreed at a time of low miniature popularity and where seedling flowers and those not in commerce are not allowed in most classes.

Brian Duncan has long complained that he got very little competition in the miniature classes at the RHS shows. Here he got his wish fulfilled with four entries in the collection class for nine flowers. In first place (the RH entry) was Brian Duncan with John Gibson (next to Brian’s entry) in second place, and Anne Wright (LH entry) in third. The unplaced entry consisting of nine species narcissus (a feat to achieve in itself) was James Akers whose hybridisation of miniatures has only recently begun. What is also remarkable about the entries in this class is that of the 36 flowers in the class, 32 of them were different, N. cyclamineus with three flowers and N. cantabricus and Cheekie Chappie the only repeated blooms.
A number of flowers were suggested as possible candidates for the Ralph B White Trophy including two of Brian’s ‘coloured’ miniature seedlings 3814 Maria X N. triandrus concolor and 3243 Candlepower X My Word.

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