The location for this show is the Somerset village of Henton, close to Wookey, famous for its Hole and witches. If the one on the right at the entrance to their hotel was there to frighten off the judges it wasn’t successful although as they say in Yorkshire “Nob’t just!”. It is over ten years since Wendy and I last judged this show and it was nice to spend more time with the nice set of people whom like ships who pass in the night we see very fleetingly at other daffodil shows. Once again we were impressed by the high quality of the flowers on display. The report of the show is brief, but supported with more detail by the photographs of Chris Yates and my own.
My steward on this occasion was Ivor Clark who was due to take the judges examination at Coughton Court. His knowledge of the flowers was if anything at least as good as mine so we spent a great deal of time on the the methodology of judging the Wessex Championship, a class for six cultivars from four divisions; the aim being to get the right result, but in addition reducing the time taken and leaving a written record of individual points scored by each flower for the information of both exhibitor and visitor to the show. This class had seven good entries, won by Derek Phillips by half a point from Chris Yates in second, with Angela Purnell a further half point away in third.
Derek Phillips was the winner of the ADS Ribbon for cultivars raised in the USA and Chris Yates showed a number of promising seedlings. Shirley Angelinetta was the Local Society Winner with a vase of three Rainbow.
These are pictured in the following photos together with other class winners and exhibitors. Click on the photograph to expand it.