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AGS Shows: Summer Show South 2010

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Contribution from Jon Evans 07 June 2010, 08:55top / bottom of page

Well it seems a long time since I last did this. The early morning drive down through the New Forest was lovely, with ponies and one herd of deer among the mist and heather, the pleasure in it tempered somewhat by the previous enforced 40 minute detour through the backstreets of Southampton because part of the M27 was closed. I wish the temperature and humidity had stayed as they were at 8 in the morning ? by the end of the day some of the plants, and the photographer, were suffering from the heat.

Initial impressions of the show were that the number of entries was down and the benches looked a little sparse; several exhibitors found that the hot weather running up to the show meant that prospective entries had gone over, and they had nothing to bring. Nevertheless, once you started looking at what was on the benches, there were some lovely and interesting plants to photograph.

Sempervivum Silberspitz

This entry from Michael Dyer was awarded the Downland Trophy for the best plant in the Novice Section.

Sempervivum Silberspitz
Lewisia rediviva

Peter Summers exhibited seedlings of Lewisia rediviva in both the Intermediate section and the Open Section; it is always a favourite with me for the large cactus-like flowers, but is not a plant I can keep for very long.

Lewisia rediviva
Cacti

As well as the Lewisias, two cacti were exhibited in flower, both winning their classes. These were Rebutia sp. exhibited by Clive Dart (similar to R. muscula), and Maihueniopsis minuta exhibited by Dot Sample (formerly Opuntia).

Cacti
Petromarula pinnata

Russell Beeson brought a number of interesting plants, including this Petromarula, and Aeonium tabuliforme. He had another, larger Aeonium in the Open Section, with a well developed flower bud, which spoiled the perfect pattern so attractive to photographers. When someone sympathized with him that a plant grown for so long (how long to get it to 10 inches across ?) was going to flower and die, he replied ? ?Ah, but think of the seedlings I shall get?.

Petromarula pinnata
Antirrhinum pulverulentum

Vera Buck brought several good looking plants for the Intermediate Section, including Silene hookeri and this Anthirrhinum, runner up in class 66.

Antirrhinum pulverulentum
Verbascum Letitia

The winner in class 66 (flowering shrub) was this Verbascum shown by Anne Vale, who also brought the lovely white Allium maximowiczii. These helped her to the Wessex Trophy for the most first prize points in the Intermediate Section.

Verbascum Letitia
Ledebouria socialis

The award for the best plant in the Novice or Intermediate Section grown by a Dorset or Hampshire Group member went again to Tony Bennett for this curious South African bulb.

Ledebouria socialis

That?s all for now ? I will post pictures of more plants from the Open Section this evening, but first I need to get some work done !

Contribution from Jon Evans 07 June 2010, 18:32top / bottom of page
Dot Sample

Right, back to the Open Section of the Show. Dot Sample from Parham Bungalow Plants entered some interesting plants (we have already seen her Maihuenopsis). Here are Oxalis Ridgeway Jewel, the result of attempts to breed a hybrid South American oxalis with the depth of colour seen in the best forms of O. laciniata, and Gladiolus imbricatus. Best of all though was this lovely flower arrangement in shades of blue and white, for once beating Lee and Julie Martin into second place.

Dot Sample

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