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AGS Shows: Plant images from Blackpool Show, 16th March 2013

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Contribution from Jim Almond 21 March 2013, 19:52top / bottom of page

Thought I'd try uploading a few images from the show. I'll be economic with he words and let the images do the talking! Entries were down on the norm, not at all surprising considering the recent weather conditions but a good range of impressive plants were present ......

For anyone interested, the 'alpines for the enthusiast' blog is again up and running - although more than a little bit behind :-). I'll normally add additional images from various shows and my travels etc at

http://alpineenthusiast.blogspot.co.uk/

View of the show

Show secretary Lionel Clarkson surveys the scene as judging commences.

View of the show
Judging in progress

A picture of concentration :-)

 Judging in progress
Cyclamen alpinum forma leucanthum

Best in Show and worthy winner of a Forrest medal grown by Dave Riley. A wonderful flat topped floriferous acheivement!

Cyclamen alpinum forma leucanthum
Fritillaria aurea

The Duncan Lowe award went to Robert Rolfe, this was judged the best exhibit in a 19cm pot.

Fritillaria aurea
Narcissus jacetanus

Stella and David Rankin won the Narcissus Salver with this fine panful.

 Narcissus jecetanus
Androsace ochotensis

The 'smallest' trophy winner on view.... from Geoff Rollinson

Androsace ochotensis
Helichrysum pagophilum

Voted the best foliage plant (Kirby cup) and exhibited by Frank and Barbara Hoyle

Helichrysum pagophilum
Callianthemum kernerianum

shown by Lionel Clarkson

 Callianthemum kernerianum
Primula 'Joan Hughes'

Primulas were much in evidence as ever. A superb large pan of this slow growing 'favourite' grown by Martin Rogerson and worthy Certificate of Merit winner!

Primula 'Joan Hughes'
Primula marginata 'Mrs Carter Walmsley'

Another large Primula, this one grown by Mala James

Primula marginata  'Mrs Carter Walmsley'
Primula allionii BB 01/5/1

Brian Burrow brought a lovely range of seed raised P. allionii. This form was particularly eye-catching shade of deep pink.

Primula allionii BB 01/5/1
Primula 'Arduaine'

Quite a number of petiolarid Primulas were on show, this one grown by Don Peace

Primula 'Arduaine'
Primula sessilis

Exhibited by Margaret and Henry Taylor

Primula sessilis
Primula nana x sessilis

Another fine pan from the Taylors

Primula nana x sessilis
Primula 'Tantallon'

One of Alan Oatway's red sticker plants helping him to achieve the Novice section aggregate

 Primula 'Tantallon'
Iris rosenbachiana 'Harangon'

A large long tom ensured this showy juno stood head and shoulders above other exhibits. The judges were impressed too and ensured Sam Sutherland received a certificate of merit.

 Iris rosenbachiana 'Harangon'
Iris aucheri 'Olof'

A closer look at the flowers of this former 'Shooting Star' with the darkest of dark purple flowers - exhibited by Fred and Pat Bundy.

Iris aucheri 'Olof'
Iris svetlanae

Another fine pan of junos from Ivor Betteridge

 Iris svetlanae
Iris reticulata 'White Caucasus'

A nice potful from Robert Rolfe

 Iris reticulata 'White Caucasus'
Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North'

The cold weather meant snowdrops were still very much in evidence.

Don Peace would normally have taken this to South Wales a month earlier in a 'normal' year.

Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North'

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