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AGS Shows: Summer South Show - Wimborne 2014

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Contribution from Jon Evans 06 June 2014, 15:19top / bottom of page

Hi Everyone
Sorry it has taken so long to post these pictures - I have had a busy time since the show last weekend.  Normally the trip to Wimborne is a joy, crossing the New Forest in early morning sunshine; this year it was overcast and threatening to rain.  But the rain held off, we had sustained periods of sunshine, and the breeze was sufficiently low that we were able to do the show photography outside the fire escape from the hall, in the gentle shade of the building, but with much better light than inside the hall.  There remained enough breeze to be annoying with some of the more delicate plants, particularly the shrubs, and others with long thin stems, entailing a patient wait before the flowers were still enough for my normal small aperture, slow exposures.

Sideritis glacialis

The first plant I photographed after helping to judge the photography section was this interesting member of the Lamiaceae, closely related to Stachys.  As always with the first plant, I was checking my camera settings, and the best way of managing the lovely soft light.  With open sky behind me on both sides, there was very little strong shadow, unless the plant was right back against the background card, and I barely used a reflector or auxiliary lighting all day.

Sideritis glacialis
Viola skottsbergiana

My second plant was this rosulate viola exhibited by Martin and Anna Sheader, which attracted a lot of attention during staging.  Martin had already warned me that the pot topping was not terribly stable, so I was extremely careful with it, and didn't even try to tip the pot towards me on the photography table.  The topping material is volcanic pumice and cinders, though where Martin got it I don't know, but to all appearances it could equally well have been decaying asphalt, discovered while the road was being mended.
The whole plant was about 2 inches across, with two tiny viola flowers; the close up was the best I could do in the circumstances.  There were plenty more buds, so it is possible we will see it with more flowers open at the next show.

Viola skottsbergiana
Oxalis laciniata Miradores de Darwin

Also exhibited by Martin and Anna Sheader in the New and Rare classes was this form of Oxalis laciniata (not the same plant as the one we saw at earlier shows, and a slightly different pink).  The flower was fully open, so I took the opportunity to capture it properly.

Oxalis laciniata Miradores de Darwin
Sphaeralcea caespitosa

Another winner from the New and Rare classes was this American mallow from Graham Nicholls.

Sphaeralcea caespitosa
Leptospermum scoparium Nana

Anne Vale had two or three plants of this little Leptospermum on the benches, cuttings from one she exhibited here a few years previously.

Leptospermum scoparium Nana
Saxifraga longifolia

James Lintott from my local group in Woking brought two plants to put into the Novice section, and went home with the Downland Trophy for the best plant in the section - this elegant saxifrage.

Saxifraga longifolia
Petrocosmea cryptica

The John Blanchard Cup for the points aggregate in the Novice section went to Igor Bronstein.  I think his plants were mainly Petrocosmeas - certainly they included this attractive P. cryptica.

Petrocosmea cryptica
Hostas

The Wessex Trophy for the points aggregate in the Intermediate section went to Jackie Street.  Her plants included this 3-pan exhibit of hostas in the class for foliage effect.

Hostas
Saxifraga Southside Seedling

There isn't an award for the best plant in the Intermediate Section, but there is the New Forest Trophy for the best plant in the Novice or Intermediate Section from a member of the Hampshire or Dorset groups.  This went to Russell Beeson for Saxifraga Southside Seedling.

Saxifraga Southside Seedling
Ornithogalum dubium

Russell Beeson brought many other plants, including this pan of ornithogalum which will be familiar to regular visitors to the show.

Ornithogalum dubium

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