Wakefield Paxton Society 14 April 2012

Another good show at Wakefield Paxton Society, with two general views below.

There were seven entries in the collection class for six cultivars, any division. Once again Ken Bacon’s two entries were placed first and second (see above).

Christine Yeardley won the class for three blooms Division 1 (above left) with ‘Goldfinger’ (incorrectly posted originally as ‘Goldfinder’)  and Ken Bacon the one for three blooms Division 2 (above right) with ‘Online’, ‘Lakeland Fair’ and ‘Birky’.

The same two competitors won the Division 3 and 4 classes, Christine with ‘Doctor Hugh’ (above left) and Ken with ‘Seagrave’ and two ‘Dorchester’.
Christine’s vase of ‘Park Springs’, ‘Lennymore’ and ‘Goldfinger’ was the best vase of divisions 1, 2 and 3 while Sue Vinden had three immaculate ‘Rapture’ to win the Division 6 class (both vases above). Sue completed the three bloom section by winning the split coronas (see below).

Wendy Akers, for the second year running at this show had Best Bloom in show. ‘Bob Spotts’ (see above) is an immaculate 2W-W but is not too often seen on the show-bench because many exhibitors consider it rather small. Their loss!

Other blooms that caught the eye were Ron Crabtree’s ‘Miss Lizzie’, above left which it is predicted could take over from ‘Ice wings’ as the Division 5 to grow when it is registered. Seven florets open and one still to come, it must have been considered for Best Bloom in show. ‘Sheer Joy’ is one that has slipped under the radar but is surely the best all white Division 6, shown here by Sue Vinden (above right).
To complete the other division single blooms, what better than John Cosway’s Poeticus ‘Blisland’ and Wendy Akers’ split-corona ‘Lady Eve’

Don Boocock and Fred Jackson both did well in the member’s classes, with Don’s three doubles ‘Gay Kybo’ and two ‘Tahiti’ and Fred’s ‘Merlin’ probably their best exhibits (see above).

8 thoughts on “Wakefield Paxton Society 14 April 2012”

  1. Dear Wendy
    Many congratulations on your superlative ‘Bob Spotts’.
    Kind regards

  2. James:

    This is such a pleasant and informative way to see show results! I’m very impressed, and glad that you post your links to Daffnet so I become aware of them. Hearty congratulations to Wendy for her great success!

    I wasn’t familiar with “Goldfinder”, and thought it looked a lot like Goldfinger. I don’t find an entry for Goldfinder on Daffseek. Is it possible it is indeed Goldfinger?

    Sorry to have missed seeing you all this season. It looks like I’ll miss the ADS convention this weekend in Baltimore as well; the doctor says my bad cough is actually pneumonia, and it doesn’t make sense to spread that around!


    1. You are quite right it is ‘Goldfinger’ and I have corrected it. Thank you for spotting it. Goldfinder is a Florists’ tulip (my real love).

      Hope the pneumonia clears up soon.


  3. Hi Wendy and James.

    Very good posting – congratualtions Wendy! An excellent flower named for one of the great daffodil enthusiasts in the world.


    Peter and Lesley

  4. Well done, Wendy, with that lovely bloom on ‘Bob Spotts’. And James, thanks for showing us ‘Miss Lizzie’ and ‘Sheer Joy’. ‘Miss Lizzie’ is surely one to be on the lookout for in due time; and I haven’t seen ‘Sheer Joy’ for years–maybe not since 1991 when it won the award for best named standard Division 6, and best Div. 5-9 in the National Show in Indianapolis.

  5. Hello Melissa, well spotted the ‘Goldfinder’, James obviously had his tulip hat on. I always sit nearby when he gives talks so that I can give him a nudge when he says daffodil and means tulip and vice versa. I was very sorry to hear you are ill and hope you spring back to good health as quickly as possible.
    Thanks to everyone who commented on my ‘Bob Spotts’, it’s one of John Pearson’s elegant white daffodils, some ‘Panache’ and lots of Irish. We should also thank Bob who ‘spotted’ it. (sorry, I couldn’t resist)!

  6. What a lovely flower of ‘Bob Spotts’. My congratulations to Wendy. It must be an especially good year for the cultivar because I have two rows of it with all the flowers just as immaculate. But then that is why I selected it in the first place. It is a sister of ‘Sheelagh Rowan’. The fact that it is a bit small is something one has to put up with because of the quality of the flower. It was named after Bob because he fell in love with it when he visited us in 2004. Unfortunately he has terrible trouble keeping it alive in California, but it has won him many prizes in the California shows.. The climate there is too hot for it I presume. I am pleased you put it up on the Northern Group website. Perhaps more people will grow it for show now.

    Regards, John

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