AGS Summer Show Mid West - July 2011
AGS Summer Show Mid West - Tewkesbury July 2011
After Eric’s trauma in having to find a new venue at the last minute the show went off well in somewhat unusual surroundings. Which ironically pleased practically everyone.
The Farrer Medal went to a splendid Cyclamen purpurascens. Unfortunately, flower this year was in shorter supply generally with a number of empty classes. However, there is always something unusual to see. For me, a beautiful Gentian saxosa was better than the usual Trachelim asperuloides (has there ever been a late show without several of these?)
Bulbs were in very short supply. The best was Androcymbium striatum grown from seed. Otherwise virtually every entrant was a regular.
Shrubs had fallen casualty to the winter, so to see Mitraria coccinea (from Chile) was a surprise as this cannot take too much frost. Less of a surprise was Robin White’s gorgeous Daphne ‘Beanworth’.
As usual there was a good display of Campanula. Campanula ‘Covadonga’ has become a lot less common of late – why? I also noted Campanula fragilis and a very attractive dark form of the ordinary Campanula cochlearfolia. Also new to me Companula myrtifolia a tiny fragile thing.
There are always new things. Goodenia heteromera comes from Australia (is it really an Alpine?) and oddest of all Pelargonium auritum ssp. carneum, which I would never have been able to identify.
Finally it was worth examining the very clever miniature gardens – just two entries, but both excellent.