Catforth Show is the now the first daffodil show in the North West since Kirkham finished. With the spring being mild, Tom and I were hoping for a good number of blooms and we weren’t disappointed! In total 330 blooms were exhibited by 13 exhibitors and the village hall was awash with daffs! The show was well supported by locals and also a number of new people who are associated with Preston Gardening Club. Altogether £335 was raised for Cancer research.
It was great to have exhibitors from in and around the Preston area but also some from further afield: Cumbria, Bolton and even Rotherham!
Margaret Capper, whose husband Keith judged the show, penned a report on the Northern Daffodil Group website
I didn’t have a great cut, but took about 20 blooms in total. The majority of my daffs were still well in bud. These 20 were made up of divisions 1,2, 6 and 11a and all mainly yellow cultivars. I was hoping to be able to take some whites for the Eileen Alty class but had to put in what I had got. A lot of my daffodils had nicks on the petal segments – it may be because they came out quickly in the greenhouse because of the warmth? They sometimes get caught in the trumpet as they open.
This was my exhibit in the premier class (the Eileen Alty Memorial Class). It calls for six different cultivars which cover at least 3 divisions. I entered ‘Corbiere’ (1Y-O), ‘Pink Silk’ (1W-P), ‘Beaulieu’ (1Y-Y), ‘Uncle Duncan’ (1Y-O), ‘Boslowick’ (11aY-O) and ‘Golden Joy’ (2Y-Y). I was rightly knock down in to 3rd place.
Alan Robinson, who came all the way from Rotherham, had some excellent blooms in the show and his exhibit came first in the class. Out of it came the best bloom in show, which was ‘Ombersley’ (1Y-Y).
There were a number of 11a (split-corona) daffodils show as you can see from the picture below. Therefore, next year we have decided that we will have a class for them. They seem to be increasing in popularity.
I was hoping to go round the show and take some pictures of each class winner, but alas didn’t get chance with all the hustle and bustle.
Here are some other pictures from around the show.