The group’s autumn meeting and bulb sale was held at Denton, west of the Pennines on Sunday 2 October.
After a short open meeting, we were entertained by an excellent talk by Ian Tyler entitled American Adventures.
He entertained the audience with a comprehensive breakdown of the whole experience from getting on the plane in the United Kingdom.
Anyone who has read the Daffodil Society publications will know that Ian is an excellent photographer and this was well demonstrated with photographs taken from the plane (the one below he considers one of the best he has ever taken).
The opportunity for his audience to put a face to people who they had read about in daffodil publications was greatly appreciated.
The minor difference between the judging arrangements in the USA and UK was explained and the contrast between the staging methods in the two countries was well illustrated.
All in all, a humorous talk, very well presented, for which those present from the Northern Group showed their appreciation.
The remainder of the meeting was taken up with the annual bulb auction. The group would like to thank the donors, Rae Beckwith, Frankie Charlton of Choice Bulbs, Brian Duncan, Ivor Fox of Miniature Bulbs, Jan Pennings, Nial Watson of Ringhaddy, Ron Scamp Daffodils and Johnnie Walkers of Taylors Bulbs for their generosity.
In addition all attendees were offered free of charge as a donation from Ivor and Barbara Fox of Miniature Bulbs UK three bulbs of ‘Jamage’, a raising of George Tarry former President of both the Daffodil Society and the Northern Group who died recently. A special class for one bloom of this cultivar will be included in the schedule of the Harrogate Spring Show 2012 in George’s honour. We are reliably informed that this cultivar is the most northerly raised tazetta hybrid to be registered.