THE FIRST rose and sweetpea show for two years was a success for Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Society.
The society was forced to cancel its 2012 show because of the floods which affected the area in the preceding days.
The weather also ruled last Saturday’s show. The late spring, between two and four weeks behind, cut the number of roses on display.
But those that had flowered had beautiful scents to delight the visitors to last Saturday’s (June 15) show at St Mary’s Centre in Felpham.
Gillian Haughey, of the society, said: “The hall looked colourful, yet restrained. The number of entries in some classes was down but pansies and violas were not affected.
“The flower heads were displayed in palettes, making it easy to see the detail in each one.
“There were not many entries in the sweet pea section. Several classes had no exhibits at all.
“However, the exhibitor who won with her pink sweet peas had grown them on her allotment locally. So, it is possible with enough skill.”
The vases of mixed flowers contained allium, lillies, foxgloves, iris, alstromeria, lupins and poppies.
These were arranged along one wall of the hall and made a striking display. The flowering shrub section consisted mainly of weigela, some pink and some red.
The vases of mixed foliage were many and varied. The leaves showed contrasts in colour, size, texture and shape.
Pot plants, which had been nurtured indoors, were very colourful and – once again – consisted of orchids with the addition of streptocarpus and cacti, some of which were flowering.
Hosta leaves were a popular entry. Exhibitors had gone to a great deal of trouble to keep slugs and snails away from their plants, so each leaf was perfect.
Some unusual herbs complemented the usual mint, thyme, parsley and sage.
The vegetable section consisted of rhubarb, gooseberries, lettuce, potatoes, broad beans and radishes a few dedicated growers had managed to produce. No soft fruit was ready this year.
Floral art fared better than other section, because the flowers could be bought from warmer climes.
The entries into the mini market section showed very imaginative interpretations of the subject and were beautifully done.