Over twenty years ago I was labelled “the casual Akers’ by the late David Lloyd when writing my first review of this show for the RHS Daffodil and Tulip Yearbook. My offence was failing to report a double flower (Dorchester?) winning Best Bloom for the first time; later reversed when Don Barnes located a previous occasion. Nevertheless it is a rare occasion but Len Olive’s ‘Goyt Valley’, raised by Clive Postles well deserved its honour.
Our northern supremo Ken Harrop won both of the 12 bloom collections, the Open and the Richardson Trophy for Amateurs. Although he failed to halt Richard Gillings’ fifth consecutive win of the Bowles Cup for 15 vases of 3 cultivars, it must have been close. There were three entries for The Engleheart Cup, won again by Brian Duncan with John Gibson second and first time entrant Carlos van der Veek third.
Brian was successful in all the bred and raised miniature classes, including the Alec Gray Trophy for six raisings. Paul Payne, who is building up a nice number of seedlings had the Best Seedling Bloom, and must be aiming for an Engleheart entry soon.
Several photos of good flowers follow. Click on them to expand.