I was a little late getting there, due to circumstances beyond my
control, and when I entered the tent, I was confronted by a sea of
beautiful, well-grown fuchsia plants. Uh. oh... I thought, looks as though
we have a real competition here today.
The fuchsia section was pretty well full up and I had to ask the stewards
to move some entries to make space for my large plants. I helped them move
some along the staging into new positions and carried mine in from the van.
I knew they would have to be well presented to stand any chance of winning
against this high caliber opposition, so I took my time making sure that
every flower, every twig and every leaf was showing to it's best advantage.
At 1.30pm we were asked to leave the marquee so that the judges could begin
The presentation and viewing evening started at 7.30pm and I again
arrived a little late. I was so pleased to see the red card against my
entries. I had been awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd in class 84 for my three
standard fuchsias, and 1st prize in the prestigious class 84 for my large
plant of Star of Pink. I'd taken five plants to the show and won prizes with
four of them, that can't be bad, can it?
The first picture is of me
standing against my winning standards in class 84 'One Standard in a pot',
and the second is of my winning plant in class 80, 'One fuchsia in any size