Wednesday, 12 August (otherwise known as yesterday) saw the annual Summer Show in the village hall, and it was still spectacular in defiance of one of the most peculiar growing seasons in recent years. But it didn’t seem to have bothered the local gardeners overmuch, judging by the display they put on – even in the first section, that devoted to vegetables and fruit, the one where there should have been a distinct lack of entries.
We’ve all been complaining about poor potatoes, rotting onions and courgettes, and tomatoes which are failing to ripen, but you would never have guessed that there had been problems. In fact, the judge for this section specifically commented on it – he said how wonderful the selection was, and that other shows had been very poor in comparison!
We had more entries for flower arranging than we usually do, as well – and the arrangements looked quite spectacular (especially the one with the biggest leaf in the world – no comment).
And, of course, there’s the bear. He’s not a prop; he was a competition – guess the name of the bear and take him home. We can say ‘he’ now with confidence, because his name was revealed as Sydney, and the person who named him confirmed that he was, indeed, a boy Sydney and not a girl of the same name (just in case anyone wasn’t there for the draw).
But it’s not just about veg, guessing the name of a teddy and transporting unfeasibly huge leaves to the hall without damaging them. It’s also about flowers, produce, cookery and crafts. The flowers were stunning, especially the beautiful fuchsia which won best in that section and which, unfortunately, was impossible to photograph. That’s a shame, because the judge described it as ‘pretty much perfect’ – huge congratulations. And the produce and the rest – aaaaappetizing. And that includes the crafts (lovely sewing, as you’d expect from a village with not just one quilting group but two).
First, since they were particularly impressive given the conditions, here’s a selection of the vegetables. Just click on an image for a slideshow.
rhubarb – all described as ‘beautiful’ by the judge
Now for the flowers and, something we’ve not concentrated on particularly in the past (apologies), the flower arranging.
More mixed flowers
name the main flower (please!)
The ‘mixed flowers’ display
Admiring and explaining
Boophone disticha. Now you know!
What a lovely day, and a huge thank you to everyone who helped – and especially to Bryan and Anita, who are the show organisers and who do such a fantastic job. Thank you to the judges, the stewards, the competition and raffle organisers, the committee, all the exhibitors and all our appreciative visitors. Thank you!
(And if you’re wondering about entering next year – please do. In the next post there’ll be some extremely useful tips and hints, wheedled out of the judges as they enjoyed their lunch. Interestingly there was a common theme… wait and see what it was!)