DAFFODILS provided a colourful welcome to visitors to Yapton’s first flower show of the year.
The notably brilliant display was in contrast to the dismal floral offering at last year’s Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society’s spring show when the extended cold weather took its toll on the blooms.
The 2014 display saw generally good support for all the classes, with high quality of blooms and the variety bringing pleasure to all who viewed them.
David Donovan, of the society, said: “The schedule continued with more general cut flowers from the garden, mostly other bulbs and woody plants.
“Also included were pot plants grown for flower or foliage, succulents, with leeks, sprouting brocciolo and rhubarb representing the seasonal vegetables from allotment and garden.”
The superb flower arrangements lived up to the tradition of Yapton’s shows. Men and women competed in the cookery classes. Men won the most prizes.
The show was the first in the spring to include handicraft classes, while three children chose to compete in the section for younger exhibitors.
The photographic entries had some remarkable interpretations of the class titles and generated much interest among visitors.
The society drew considerable support from the general public. About 100 people paid to look round the show with its 217 entries by 29 participants.
Vice-president Eileen Johnson-Thorne presented the trophies. Show secretary David Donovan retained the Harry March trophy for most points in the horticultural classes.
He added the Pratt trophy as the most successful exhibitor in the cookery section.
Five-year-old Cerys Hier, one of two first time participants, took the Junior Spring Cup with her four first prizes.