SENSATIONAL roses ensured Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Society’s rose and sweet pea show lived up to its name.
The latest of the annual events featured an eye-catching mass of the flowers.
Chairman Rhonda Ball said the show had been one of the best of its kind the society had held.
A spokesman for the society said: “The variety of strong, vibrant colours, the dense mass of petals and beautiful aromas combined to make the hall feel and smell stunning.
“As visitors entered the hall, the wonderful aromas bombarded their senses.
“The judges were very complimentary about the exhibits and staging, both of which reached a very high standard.”
Sweet pea numbers, in contrast, were lacking compared to previous years. This was due to a decline in the number of exhibitors and the weather being against the flowers.
“However, one of our exhibitors has offered to pass on her knowledge and work with members to help and encourage them to grow better sweet peas to exhibit in our shows,” said the spokesman.
A good variety of pot plants was also on display at the show last Saturday in St Mary’s Centre in Felpham.
They included hostas, fuchsia, pelargoniums and some unusual cacti, some of which were in flower.
The mixed foliage section did well. A good variety of shrubs displayed leaves with different shapes, sizes and textures.
The floral art section was dominated by blue iris in a variety of unusual containers.
This theme continued into the petite section where one exhibitor had used half a scooped-out melon. The winner used miniature RHS wellington boots.
The society’s next meeting will be at 7.30pm on July 22 at St Mary’s Centre when Peter Frogatt will talk about Chichester Parks and Gardens.