BUMPER entries and excellent quality ensured a flower show was blooming marvellous.
Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Society held its annual show last Saturday, and organisers have heralded it as a great success.
A total of 387 exhibits, up by a third on last year, across the 129 classes, saw the show back in line with the level previously experienced and made a great spectacle that was enjoyed by almost 200 visitors.
But it was the quality of the exhibits which caught the judges’ attention.
It seemed exhibitors had mastered the difficult growing conditions experienced this year.
Peter Mazillius, who judged the flower classes, noted all entrants in classes including mixed foliage, mixed hardy perennials and large mixed flowers and foliage would have merited a first, second or third prize.
He said it had been a long time since he had seen such a high standard.
Strong competition was seen in the fuchsia and mixed foliage classes but it was the hydrangeas that attracted the highest level of entries.
The dahlia classes were strikingly colourful and majestic too.
The vegetable classes were also well supported with competition in the tomato, onion and rhubarb being particularly popular.
The high quality was not confined to the horticultural classes; excellent exhibits were also on display in the floral art, preserves, cookery, handicrafts and photographic sections.
Chris Burstow, judging the photographs, said he would have been proud to take any of the winning photographs in the four classes home.
Rhona Ball, the society’s chairman, was very pleased with the entries overall, in particular the number of new entrants – some of which had been encouraged to take part following two workshops the committee had organised to help raise the level of understanding of what is involved in preparing exhibits.
Although she praised the standard of the children’s classes, she was keen to encourage more to give it a go.
The society meets again at the St Mary’s Centre in Grassmere Close on September 24.
The meeting will feature a talk by Tom Brown, the head gardener at Parham House.