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AGS Shows: AGS Summer South Show 26th May 2012

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Contribution from Jon Evans 29 May 2012, 22:04top / bottom of page

It looks as though there are problems with posting the results (and photos of award plants) to the website (this is hardly surprising when Jim and Christine have probably only just got back from an exhausting, but I hope successful, week at Chelsea). In the absence of the formal results, and making the somewhat implausible assumption that there are lots of people out there waiting to see the best plants, here are some photos.

The show this year was in the same location as previous years, but the school hall it is in has been completely rebuilt, and the facilities are now absolutely ideal for a show. The large entrance hall had room for all the sales tables, and a wide flight of stairs descended to the refreshments area.

The show photography was conducted next to a pair of open fire doors, which was the best way of getting decent light for the pictures, but also provided access for a constant breeze, gusting to gale force, which was essential for the health of plants and exhibitors in the heat of Saturday, but made photography a bit of a trial. So if some of the images seem to lack their usual crispness, that is why; I was using all the tricks I know, higher ISO (hence noise in some of the backgrounds), larger apertures and faster exposures (hence less depth of field), and ended up waiting, with the mirror locked up, for a lull in the wind. This meant that every image took a lot longer than normal, and some needed to be re-taken several times.

When I first got the camera out, the table next to me still contained the plants which had been awarded Certificates of Merit, so let's start with those.

Salvia cyanescens

Exhibited by David Richards, winning a Certificate of Merit.

Salvia cyanescens
Dionysia involucrata alba Gothenburg White

Another Certificate of Merit for Paul and Gill Ranson.

Dionysia involucrata alba Gothenburg White
Tropaeolum sessiliflorum JCA12337

A Certificate of Merit for Joy Bishop. And to think I just said the open fire doors provided good light; look at the heavy blue shadow on the right, despite my best efforts with the reflector. When it came to the photos, this plant just didn't seem to have a good side.

Tropaeolum sessiliflorum JCA12337
Iris acutiloba var. lineolata

After the three Certificates of Merit, I turned my attention to the Novice Section for a little while. This nice iris was exhibited by Andrew Ward.

Iris acutiloba var. lineolata
Lewisia rediviva

Exhibited by Rick Lambert

Lewisia rediviva

There may only be two flowers on this lewisia, but they were huge.

Ranunculus parnassifolius

Exhibited by Rick Lambert. By the time I had finished photographing it in the wind tunnel, half the petals had blown off - sorry Rick. Fortunately it was after judging.

Ranunculus parnassifolius
Sempervivum tectorum

Winner of the Downland Trophy for the best plant in the Novice Section for Andrew Ward.

Sempervivum tectorum
Iris paradoxa

Exhibited by Audrey Dart. Another plant which took a battering from the wind; I was going to take one from the other side, but when I turned it round, one of the falls was drooping.

Iris paradoxa
Ledebouria socialis

Exhibited by local member Russell Beeson

Ledebouria socialis
Saxifraga Southside Seedling

Exhibited by Tony Bennett, and winning the New Forest Trophy for the best plant in Intermediate and Novice Sections from a local group member.

Saxifraga Southside Seedling
Iris barnumae fm urmiensis x. paradoxa ssp. mirabilis

A lovely new Onco iris hybrid from Director of Shows, Ray Drew.

Iris barnumae fm urmiensis x. paradoxa ssp. mirabi
Ornithogalum dubium

We may be familiar with it as a cut flower, and see the bulbs regularly at garden centres, but it isn't that easy to get such a good display as this, so congratulations to Russell Beeson.

Ornithogalum dubium

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