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AGS Shows: Midland Show 2016

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Contribution from Jon Evans 21 April 2016, 21:50top / bottom of page
Primula Coolock Violet

George Elder is known mainly as a bulb grower, and I think grows just one primula, but what a fine plant it is.

Primula Coolock Violet
Primula Coolock Snowball

George's Coolock Violet was raised originally by Jim Almond, as was this neat white hybrid exhibited by Ian Kidman.

Primula Coolock Snowball
Primula Mylene

On the other hand P. Mylene is a plant raised by David Philbey.  We tend to think of him as focused primarily on yellow hybrids, but many of his most successful cultivars have been other colours, including this which is a fabulous deep, rich purple.  This plant was exhibited by Pauline Carless who won the Albury Trophy for the Intermediate Section.

Primula Mylene
Primula albenensis hybrid BB 10-21-1

Most eye-catching of all were two seedlings whose parentage included Primula albenensis, raised and exhibited by Brian Burrow.

Primula albenensis hybrid BB 10-21-1
Primula albenensis hybrid BB 10-21-6

A second Primula seedling from the same cross involving P. albenensis raised and exhibited by Brian Burrow.

Primula albenensis hybrid BB 10-21-6
Silene californica

A very striking silene, much admired by visitors to the show, exhibited by Brian Burrow as part of a 3-pan (plants raised from seed ?), which also included...

Silene californica
Viola douglasii

Again exhibited by Brian Burrow

Viola douglasii
Tulipa australis

Finally, Brian Burrow exhibited this lovely yellow tulip, whose buds deigned to open after lunch, long after judging had finished.

Tulipa australis
Tulipa whittallii

T. whittallii is one of my favourite photographic subjects, because of the patterns on the back of the petals; this pot was exhibited by Ivor Betteridge.

Tulipa whittallii
Narcissus jonquilla var minor

A neat pan of daffodils, also from Ivor Betteridge.

Narcissus jonquilla var minor
Fritillaria hermonis amana

Ivor Betteridge also exhibited this attractive yellow form of F. hermonis amana.  I understand that it has been the subject of some debate at recent shows, and is probably the cultivar which has been given the name Goksun Gold.

Fritillaria hermonis amana

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