Sunday, 10 July 2011

A different scale of flower show


After leaving Caterham yesterday I went a little further west in Surrey to Pyrford, the next village to Wisley, where my brother Tom and his wife Caroline were exhibiting at the Pyrford and Wisley Flower Show.  It's a classic village flower show, with stalls and entertainments on the cricket field, tea, cakes and a threat of rain.  The horticultural show is held in a large marquee, but exhibits were sadly sparse, as is so often the case. I know it's early in the season for produce, but many more people could enter a vase of flowers or a cut rose or two and fill up the benches.

The horticultural marquee
Tom and Caroline had done what they could to remedy this, entering both produce and floral sections from their immaculate garden, and gained a selection of  awards. Their triumph came from the award of the George Chick Memorial Cup for an exhibit of six Fuchsia flowers - 'Rufus' in this case, displayed embedded in sand. It's a strange way of showing a pendulous flower, but that's how it's done and the judges approved.

Tom receives the cup

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