The Early Competition was held in the glasshouse complex and was full of families enjoying the experience, the Easter holidays had started and the Wisley gardeners were transforming the landscape into a wonderful scented dreamlike scene. They had grown many scented lilies in pots, plus pots of heliotrope and enormous scented freesias. There are permanent plantings of citrus plus the jungly plants and the waterfall, all interspersed with lazily flapping butterflies, and the excited screams of small children as they realised that a butterfly had landed on them, a truly unforgettable memory. All this was in contrast to the weather outside, which had created massive problems due to high winds, which at one point had threatened to cause the cancellation of the event. Happily it was judged that it was safe to continue. At one end of the calm space where the judging was taking place was a display of amaryllis from a trial held at Wisley, which is continuing in order to assess how easy it is to grow the bulbs for the successive year. I adore perfume and took away the memory of the many layers of exquisite scent pouring from the flowers. Heavenly.
Wendy Akers – exhibitor
The Daffodil Competition was very good with seventeen exhibitors. It would have been eighteen if Peter Wilkins had managed to get there in time to stage his flowers having spent three hours in his car because of the chaos caused by the closure of the Dartford Bridge. It was disappointing that so few of the Southern exhibitors failed once again to make an appearance bearing in mind that at least six exhibitors had traveled over 200 miles to get there; three had flown from Northern Ireland and three driven from Yorkshire. However Richard Hilson, Robin Crouchman and John Goddard the “ever faithfuls” were present as usual.
The three Best Blooms in show were all exhibited by Nial Watson from Northern Ireland and are pictured below (click on the picture to expand it).
The two multiple vase classes were both won by Wendy Akers from West Yorkshire.
Her entry for the three vases of standard daffodils was ‘Gold Velvet’, ‘Pops Legacy’ and ‘Demmo’ and in the three vases of Division 6, ‘Trena’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘Perky’. Wendy also won the single bloom class for a white perianth Division 6 with ‘Trena’
For a number of years Brian Duncan has bemoaned the fact that he faced little opposition in the classes for miniature cultivars bred and raised by the exhibitor. Last year he persuaded the North Yorkshire hybridiser Anne Wright to enter at this competition and also at Rosemoor. Anne has for a number of years been very successful at Alpine Garden Society (AGS) and Scottish Rock Garden Club (SRGC) shows but reluctant to put the scissors to the flowers. This year although Brian still won the class for six cultivars, Anne won the class for three cultivars and also the class for a single miniature cultivar with ‘Andy Blanchard’; no relation, Blanchard is Anne’s maiden name. Anne’s website is Dryad Nurseries.
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Once again the show was well organised by Georgina and the RHS staff and well supported by Bulb Committee members.