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Here are a couple of shots, taken on the afternoon of the
Wednesday 22nd August 2001, of one of the fuchsia plants that I will be
taking to the Moorgreen Show on this coming Saturday, the 25th
August. This first one is of the large plant of Star Of Pink
standing on the ground before me. I firmly believe this fuchsia could be a
prizewinner. You can see that it's an extremely large plant and is
just coming into full flower for the first time this season. This first
flush of flower is always the best one, the flowers tend to last much
longer and look much healthier than they do on the second and third
The second photo is of me lifting the same plant. I've
been suffering with a bad back recently and wanted to see if I could lift
it without too much strain. Looks like I can, so unless the pain in my
back gets any worse, I'll be able to carry it out to the van. Mind you,
there are other hurdles to overcome before we can do that. I have to carry
the fuchsia through two gateways to get it out onto the street and they
are both narrower than the plant. The only way I can get it out will be by
lifting it over the gateposts (quite a task). I will have to ask Andy the
van driver to help with that. We just have to make sure that we get it to
the show without any damage. I won the trophy for best plant in show with
this plant in 2000. I'd like a repeat performance this year. :)
Bit of an anti-climax here in Kirkby on the 25th August.
I did not get my plants to the Moorgreen Show due to a transport mix-up.
The van that was going to take my plants to the show is used by both the
father and the son-in-law. This morning the father took the van out on
another job, not knowing that the son-in-law had arranged to take my
plants. When the father returned with the van it was too late to for us to
get to the show in time to enter the plants. These people are friends of
mine and have done me many favours, so I bear them no grudges. Looking on
the brighter side, all is not lost and I've actually salvaged the
situation. I will now be taking them to the Mansfield Town Council Show,
which is held tomorrow. Staging is today and I am taking the plants down
there at 4.00pm. Judging will be in the morning and the show will be open
to the public from 12.00 noon on Sunday. Mansfield Show is an
equally prestigious show to Moorgreen and in fact the prize money is much
better. I don't have a schedule till I get down there, so I don't know
whether there are any trophies to be won besides the cash. So, all in all
it hasn't worked out too badly.
The two photos on the left are of my entries in the
Mansfield Show. I took this photo after staging them. The top photo shows
my three entries in Class 101, which is for a fuchsia in a pot over 5
inches in size. The second one is of my three entries in Class 99, which
is for a standard in any size pot. Judging takes place in the morning
between 9.00am and 12.00 noon. I'll be going down tomorrow in the late
afternoon to see if I've had any success with these plants.
Here is a shot taken after the entries had been judged,
taken from near to the marquee entrance looking towards the fuchsia
section. I was a little disappointed in the number of entries, but the
plants that were entered were of a good quality. From talking to other
exhibitors I learned that most had problems with the adverse growing
conditions we had this year. We've suffered from a lot of rain and high
winds throughout the growing season in this area and most of us have had
lots of plants setback by this.
Another shot of the fuchsia section, this one taken from
the other side of the plants looking up towards the entrance. I like this
particular photograph because it shows the plants at their best. They
always seem to look better with a white background and white staging. No
matter how good you think your plants look at home, they always seem to
look that bit better when they're staged correctly in a good situation.
Here is a shot of the three standard fuchsias that I
entered. There was not a lot of competition I'm afraid. There were only
two other small standards entered. It's nice to win, but it gives much
more satisfaction when you succeed against a lot of other competitors.You
can just see the prize cards in the pots. Red cards denote a 1st place,
blue denote a 2nd and green a 3rd place. There was no award at this show
for the best plant in the show.
Here is the first prize card for class 101. This was a
class for a fuchsia in a pot above 5 inches. I was awarded 1st, for my
very large plant of Star of Pink. 2nd, for my nice plant of Gorden Thorley
and 3rd for a good looking plant of Phyllis. If you refer to the picture
at the top of this page you can see me lifting the winning plant of Star
of Pink in my garden the week before the show.
Here is the prize card for class 99. This was a class for
a standard fuchsia in any size pot. I was awarded 1st, for my plant of
Star of Pink, the center plant in the photo. 2nd for my plant of Waveney
Sunrise, the plant on the left and 3rd for my plant of Star of Pink on the
right. I was so pleased to win this class with my plant of Star of Pink.
This is one of the standards that I started from cuttings in April of
2000. In the 18 months since then it has made a really nice plant, I'm
somewhat surprised at the amount of growth it's made in that time. A lady
at the show offered me 20 UK pounds for it, but I had to refuse her kind
Just so that you can share in the atmosphere of an
English flower show. Here are a couple of photos of the marquee interior.
This shot is of Dahlias on the left and mixed flower vases on the right.
The two girls on the right are enjoying a stunning display of tuberous
This was taken from the other end of the marquee. There a
carnations on the near left of the picture, beyond them can be seen the
spikes of the gladioli towering up from the staging. On the right are two
or three guys admiring a collection of giant vegetables. There were some
very large cabbage and onions at this show, they were a real credit to
those who grew them.
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