I always look forward to Southport Flower show due to the vast array of different exhibits and the high quality of them. I was hoping to have a team of gladioli to show, but unfortunately only staged 1! The season has been slow and I have struggled with the timing. I was able to stage a nice prim ‘Laura Jay’ which got me a second. The standard of other glade was good considering the season and weather.
The sweet pea section was well supported with a very good number of entries staged compared with last year. I managed to stage an entry in the three vase class which requires 3 distinct varieties with 9 stems in each vase. I just about managed to scrap 9 stems of ‘Just Julia’ but found that it has marked very badly this year. ‘Mary Priestley’, the white, has done well for me and I will certainly be growing it next year. The third variety was ‘Gwendoline’ which always seems to do well and looks vibrant in the vase.
Class 1 is the championship class requiring nine gladioli in at least three distant varieties. Four entries were staged.
Class 2 was the single primulinus class with seven entires.