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Cotswold and Malvern Group Show - April 2011

Cotswold and Malvern Group Show - April 2011
Our own show, relocated to Maisemore Village Hall proved a great success – not least financially.  For some years at Pershore we had put in a lot of effort for little, if any, return.  Hopefully the new venue will keep the subscriptions down. 

In spite of the usual complaints about the weather (cold winter warm spring this year), the benches were full. The best in show was Eric Jarrett’s Androsace studionorum ‘Doksa’, but A & J Cook’s Lewisia, a superb ‘Dodecatheon dentatum’ and ‘Rhododendron ‘Wagtail’ were not far behind.  Nowadays unusual on the bench was ‘Boykinia jamesii’ (or it is now Telesonix J?) in flower – not that easy to do.   Alan Keay produced ‘Raffenaldia primuloides’, a yellow cruicifer from the Atlas Mountains on Morocco and ‘Primula Ioessa’, which it was good to see after many years. 

More unusual was Richard Clement’s ‘Arenaria lithops’ – unkown to me and at least one judge.  Grown as a cushion plant I imagine its flowers will be tiny and insignificant, like most of its genus, but attractive foliage.  Also different was ‘Linum olympicum’.  Flowers and leaves are the same as the ordinary border plant ‘Linum perenne’, but totally different in arrangement – completely prostrate with the flowers as a fringe.  Will it grow outside?  Hostas are appearing as foliage plants nowadays and ‘Cracker Crumbs’ was very attractive. 

Best in Section B was Pleione Berapi ‘Purple Sandpiper’.  It does seem that cultivar names become ever more exotic.   While in the Novice Section ‘Helichrysum selago’ was a worthy winner. 

For me the most interesting plant was Oxalis ‘Ridgeway Jewel’ a nearly stemless blue hybrid of Oxalis laevigata ‘Seven Bells’ x Oxalis ‘Hennswell Knight’ newly produced by Parham Nursery.  I have my name down for one!

Finally a plea – we cannot leave the Artistic Section to Sam and Mavis Lloyd.   While Sam’s photo of Geum reptans and Mavis’s drawing of Lupinus ornatus were worthy winners we ought to give them some competition!

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