The South Coast Show -
I prayed for a bit of sunshine to help me out, 2 days at 30 & 2 at
29 28°c respectively. Without it I would have been left counting the
days till next year, many of my plants didn't make the day and could
still have done with another week. The sun saved the day for me to get a
few blooms on the bench.
Morning of the show started with a lay in, I was out of bed at 4
am, it was hard to find enough blooms to take that were up to size
(A) All the blooms looked even
smaller than the day before, the blooms were all tucked up still asleep.
Hopefully they would awaken on the journey down to the coast. The sat
nav was set and I was on the road at 7am straight to the venue - no mess
ups, Havant Garden Centre, I arrived at 8-20. A quick walk through to
see where to go and there was the normal stalwarts Brian & Chrissie
Simmons, Dave Coates & Norman Burgess. Soon found out that Pauline
Coates had to stay and wait for a plumber, Dave was on his own so had
to make sure he remembered where he put everything himself. Blooms were
soon staged on the 6, 3 & 1 cut blooms boards.
Bill Squibb was the last to arrive as usual. Roy the soft
southerner had already staged his exhibit.
With free tea & coffee laid on by the centre for the exhibitors I must
say we were all made to feel very welcome by all the staff at the
centre. Once all the exhibits were up and ready first panic set in - I
had left my camera at home on our green garden waste bin in the garden,
a quick phone call to the wife camera saved. Our judge for the day was
Alan Harris, judging started on time ably assisted by 2 stewards Dave
Coats & myself. It soon became apparent that the man Brian calls king
was still going to keep his crown. Once the judging was over the in day
was saved by the arrival of 3 or 4 cameras with lots of photos taken and
2 that I have never seen before at any show. Me personally managed to
get a second with 1 bloom (B) & third in the 6 cut bloom classes
(C), happy just to
get blooms on the bench let alone any cards. Dave Coates took top
honours with Brian Simmons second in the 6 cut blooms, I'll let Brian give
the rest of the results. On the
The Show page there are 2 special pictures
one of all the
exhibitors and the 2nd of the 5 entries in the 6 cut blooms
with all the
growers standing behind their blooms. Again many thanks to Havant Garden
Centre, it was nice to see people's faces & asking the question "are
I would certainly like to go back again.
On arrival home it was out with the old & in with the new
(D), 2 weeks to the National.
Many thanks for your enthusiasm and dedication Phil,
our Society could do with many more like you.