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AGS Shows: Pershore Show 1st July

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Contribution from Jon Evans 05 July 2017, 10:20top / bottom of page

The last week has been a little problematic for me.  My car started to make an intermittent clatter, which on Wednesday suddenly developed into a burst auxiliary belt and a busted alternator.  A mobile mechanic visited, diagnosed, ordered parts, and promised to come back on Friday to fit them.  

Since I had agreed to do the show photography at Pershore, I sought a backup plan, then started to clean 18 pans of Rhodohypoxis for the show.  So when, at 8pm on Friday evening, the mechanic decided that the new alternator was identical in all respects except the electrical connection, and a different replacement would have to be procured, I was very glad to be able to invoke plan B.  

I am hugely endebted to Mike Morton and Janet Pepper for arriving here just after 6.30 on Saturday morning to give me a lift to Pershore, with space for all my photographic gear, and able to find room for three of the pans of Rhodohypoxis.

We drove up to Pershore through clearing drizzle and low cloud.  It was a bit of a surprise to find that the show had reverted to its original location at Pershore - a gloomy windowless hall with murky orange toned lighting.  Fortunately, I had been show photographer here several times before, before the show was moved to Tewkesbury, and I knew just where to set up a studio to be able to photograph the plants in good light.

After a bacon butty and a cup of tea, having staged my three plants, I set to work.  Of course, finding a good location outside one of the fire exits to take the plant portraits doesn't help with recording the six pans, so let us start with those.

Large 6 pans of Rock Plants

There was only one entry in the large six pan, from Lee and Julie Martin.  Four cracking plants with two that were perhaps slightly weaker; I'm sure that Lee and Julie were disappointed when the judges decided not to award a first.

Large 6 pans of Rock Plants
Small 6 pans of Rock Plants

In the small six pan class there was no such problem for Lee and Julie Martin, and the first and the AGS Medal was awarded, though to my eye this was a very similar entry; again four very strong plants were supported by two slightly weaker members.  This first provided a big boost for Lee and Julie towards the Hilliard Cup for the Open Section aggregate.

Small 6 pans of Rock Plants
6 pans of Rock Plants from seed

In the class for six pans of plants grown from seed by the exhibitor, there was a single entry from Pauline Carless.  Again this was deemed not to be of sufficient quality for a first to be awarded.

6 pans of Rock Plants from seed
Campanula pulla

The six pan entries have already demonstrated that, as so often, this was very much a campanula show, so I would like to move on to a small selection of those on the benches.  First is Campanula pulla, exhibited by Lawrence Peet.

Campanula pulla
Campanula Joe Elliott

Campanula Joe Elliott, also exhibited by Lawrence Peet, who went on to win the Florence Baker Memorial Trophy for the Intermediate Section aggregate.

Campanula Joe Elliott
Campanula cochlearifolia Tubby

Also in the Intermediate Section, a fine pan of Campanula cochlearifolia Tubby exhibited by Lesley Travis.

Campanula cochlearifolia Tubby
Campanula Blue Pearl

Lesley Travis also exhibited this campanula.  This was an interesting plant and one I would like to know more about.  An internet search under this name only throws up forms of C. carpatica, so it is clearly not well established in the trade, and it would be interesting to know its parentage, which appeared to be similar to that of the following plant.

Campanula Blue Pearl
Campanula myrtifolia x asperuloides

In the Open section Martin and Anna Sheader exhibited this lovely (self-made ?) hybrid between two tricky species.

Campanula myrtifolia x asperuloides
Campanula Margaret Brine

David Richards exhibited this campanula hybrid, which I first remember seeing at the same show in 2011, when it was exhibited by Graham Nicholls.

Campanula Margaret Brine
Campanula Joan Beeston

Now a new cultivar, which looks like it has C. raineri in its ancestry, named in honour of the late Joan Beeston, raised by Aberconwy Nursery and exhibited by Lee and Julie Martin as part of their large six pan entry.  This plant was given an Award of Merit by the Joint Rock Garden Committee.

Campanula Joan Beeston
Campanula asperuloides

The class for one pan of campanula was hotly contested, arguably containing the two best plants in the show, and caused considerable debate among the judges, but in the end the runner-up was deemed to be this fabulous plant exhibited by Paul and Gill Ranson, which was nevertheless awarded a Certificate of Merit.

Campanula asperuloides
Campanula fragilis

The winner of the campanula class, and of the Farrer medal, was this perfect blue ball of Campanula fragilis, exhibited by Edward Spencer, a thoroughly likeable exhibitor from Derbyshire I haven't previously had the opportunity to talk to.

Campanula fragilis

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