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AGS Shows: Pershore Show 11th July 2009

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Contribution from Jon Evans 12 July 2009, 13:46top / bottom of page

The Show at Pershore was another success, featuring as always some unusual plants which you might never see unless you come to a show at this time of year (hence there is an award for the Wierdest plant in the show, often won by an Allium, but also in recent years by an Androcymbium, a Eucomis, a fern (Ophioglossum vulgatum) and a puzzling plant which might have been a distorted foxglove). In fact you have to go back to 2004 to find the last year it was won by an allium.

There were as usual some superb heavyweight contenders for best in show. Jim has used my images of the award-winning plants in the official Photo Gallery for the show, so I'll skip over those, and focus on some of the other plants, which otherwise you might not get to see.

Campanula raineri x pulla

As you walked in the door of the show, Class 1 (six pans of rock plants) was directly in front of you, won for the fourth time in the last seven shows by Lee and Julie Martin (plus Class 1 at the Summer North, 3 pans of rock plants), who seem to be focusing on this class this summer. Their entry was dominated by a huge pan of Campanula raineri x pulla, a narrow runner-up for best plant in the show (photo in the official gallery).

Eucomis schijffii

Next to this was the class for 3 pans of rock plants, won by Cecilia Coller with an entry including this unusual Eucomis.

Eucomis schijffii
Velotzia elegans

Winner of the single rock plant class for Derek and Peggy Monk, this unusual exhibit (South African ? Liliaceae ?) was also awarded the unofficial photographer's award for the heaviest pot. When you pick them up from the back of the bench there are some pots you are expecting to be heavy, and others which come as a sometimes uncomfortable surprise. Experience has now taught me to move the Monks' exhibits, en masse, into the first category.

Velotzia elegans
Saxifraga vayredana

Moving on, this beautiful dome won the Saxifragaceae class for Peter Summers.

Saxifraga vayredana
Astilbe crispa Perkeo

Harry Roberts was second in the Saxifragaceae class with this lovely plant, which was a pleasure to photograph.

Astilbe crispa Perkeo
Campanula fragilis

After this, the visitor to the show was in Campanula territory. Runner-up to Ivan Pinnick's Campanula raineri Gothenburg form, which was adjudged best plant in show, was this campanula from Edward Spencer, which would have been a worthy class winner another day.

Campanula fragilis
Micromeria croatica

David Richards was second in the class for Lamiaceae with this Micromeria. Presumably, in the greenhouse David doesn't have trouble with cats rolling on it; it always seems to be irresistible to them when planted in the garden.

Micromeria croatica
Gladiolus papilio

Winner of the large pan bulbous plant, and a Certificate of Merit was George Elder's Androcymbium striatum. This gladiolus from Ann and Mike Morton wasn't placed, perhaps considered too large to be an 'alpine'. However, it was very striking, and would make a good garden plant if hardy. Other less desirable forms of G. papilio have certainly seemed hardy in Surrey in the past, though somewhat invasive if well-suited.

Gladiolus papilio
Brunsvigia ? natalensis

In the adjoining class Joy Bishop staged this South African bulb, seldom seen in flower in this country. The umbel of flowers was about 10in across.

Brunsvigia ? natalensis
Nierembergia pulchella

Cecilia Coller won the small six pan class (36). Her exhibit included this delicate South American plant. Plenty of buds for later in the summer.

Nierembergia pulchella
Digitalis minor

Also in Cecilia's small six-pan entry, this little foxglove also had plenty of flower to come.

Digitalis minor

Just to demonstrate that we all make mistakes; I managed to take a close up of the foxglove with all the flowers facing the other way! Why didn't I notice that at the time ?!

Albuca shawii

Clare Dower was third in the small three-pan rock plants class. This pot of Albuca shawii was not packed as full of bulbs as others on display, and retained more delicacy as a result.

Albuca shawii
Campanula Molly Pinsent

The small pan campanula classes were also busy; Graham Nicholls' C. hercegovina nana was the pick of these, and won the 80th Anniversary Award for the best plant in a 19cm pot. In the same three-pan entry Graham exhibited this recent cultivar.

Campanula Molly Pinsent
Campanula fragilis ssp cavolinii

Cecilia Coller was third in the three-pan Campanulaceae class; her entry included this subspecies of C. fragilis.

Campanula fragilis ssp cavolinii
Campanula Samantha

Mavis and Sam Lloyd were third in the single campanula class with this plant, one of my personal favourites.

Campanula Samantha

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