April 1st was the first daffodil show in these parts. Tottington Horticultural Society (founded in 1935) hold both a spring and summer show catering for a wide range of plants, but also include classes for handicrafts, baking and eggs!
There were a number of exhibitors in attendance which created some strongly contested classes. I was pleased to be able to put an entry in class 1, the championship class, which calls for six distinct cultivars from at least 2 divisions. Ken Harrop won the class, I came second and Alan Brierley in third. Ken’s six also contained the best bloom in show, a lovely example of ‘Evesham’.
Class 3 calls for 3 vases of daffodils, each with 3 daffodils of distinct varieties. It had a number of good entries and Ken Harrop again scooped first with Tony Bracegirdle, of rose-showing fame, coming second. Tony’s vase of three ‘Ombersley’ was of particular note and judge, Keith Capper, awarded it one of the Daffodil Society diplomas. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of third place nor did I note down whose it was.