Difficult season hampers growers for spring show

Carol Killick wins the Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for the best vase in show

Carol Killick wins the Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for the best vase in show

  • Good turnout for Steyning Horticultural Society’s spring show
  • Difficult season affects quality of blooms
  • Children impress with their entries
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BEAUTIFUL blooms brought a touch of colour to a dull day for Steyning Horticultural Society’s spring show.

Carol Killick came within a few points of sweeping the board, winning the Daffodil Society’s Bronze Medal for the first time, for the best vase of flowers in the show.

Elsie Stevens wins first prize for her chocolate crispy nests for Easter

Elsie Stevens wins first prize for her chocolate crispy nests for Easter

Not only did Carol do well in the flower competition, she also won a first prize in the cookery section, sharing the top spot with Helen Cosham in the class for best decorated cake on an Easter theme.

Society chairman Charles Ashby said: “The judge could not separate them on points and as their standard was so high, she awarded both first prize.”

He said there had been a good turnout at the Steyning Centre on Saturday, despite the late season and awful weather on the day.

Mr Ashby took home several prizes himself, as did another regular exhibitor, Lynne Broome.

The society gave all the youngsters who entered the show an Easter egg and free sunflower seeds to grow, encouraging them to enter the largest sunflower head competition in the autumn show

Charles Ashby, society chairman

Both admitted the difficult season had held back flowering and the blooms that were available were not of the best quality.

In the children’s section, Elsie Stevens was a little star and her chocolate crispy nests particularly impressed the judges.

Mr Ashby said: “The society gave all the youngsters who entered the show an Easter egg and free sunflower seeds to grow, encouraging them to enter the largest sunflower head competition in the autumn show.

“Steyning Flower Club and Steyning Camera Club exhibited examples of their recent work and refreshments were served throughout the afternoon, all of which contributed to make it a very interesting and entertaining afternoon for the many visitors.”

Five-year-old Alfie Mercanton's first flower arrangement, with photographs showing how he did it

Five-year-old Alfie Mercanton's first flower arrangement, with photographs showing how he did it

RESULTS

Trophies:

The R.H. HOW Cup, Charles Ashby. Miss K Heryett Cup, Charles Ashby. Daffodil Society Bronze Medal, Carol Killick. Daffodil Society Diploma, Charles Ashby

Daffodils and narcissi:

Helen Cosham wins first prize for her round cake, decorated on an Easter theme

Helen Cosham wins first prize for her round cake, decorated on an Easter theme

Five blooms any variety, 1 Carol Killick, 2 Ted Banks, 3 Lynne Broome. Three blooms any variety, 1 Lynne Broome, 2 Ted Banks, 3 Mike Warren. One specimen bloom, 1 Charles Ashby, 2 Carol Killick, 3 Monique Cummings. Three double blooms any variety, 1 Carol Killick, 2 Charles Ashby, 3 Lynne Broome. One double bloom, 1 Charles Ashby, 2 Carol Killick, 3 Lynne Broome. Three blooms all different, 1 Charles Ashby, 2 Ted Banks, 3 Robert Stark. Three miniature single or multi-headed narcissi in own vase, 1 Lynne Broome, 2 Monique Cummings, 3 Val Stringer.

Other flower classes:

Three sprays, one variety flowering shrub, 1 Jenny O’Hagan, 2 Stella Lindfield, 3 Val Stringer. One pot plant, 1 Annie Magrath. Six spring flower stems, 1 Val Stringer, 2 Lynne Broome, 3 Susan Howley.

Cookery:

One 12oz or 1lb glass jar of marmalade, 1 Mike Warren, 2 Michelle Leigh-Pollitt, 3 Jo Fowler. Rhubarb scones, 1 Jo Fowler, 2 Michelle Leigh-Pollitt, 3 Val Stark. Victoria sandwich, 1 Helen Cosham, 2 Michelle Leigh Pollitt. Round cake decorated on an Easter Theme, 1, joint, Carol Killick, Helen Cosham. Hot cross buns, 1 Carol Killick

Children’s classes:

Carol Killick's 20cm chocolate cake won first prize

Carol Killick's 20cm chocolate cake won first prize

Design a seed packet, under-six, Elsie Stevens; six to eight, Scarlet Armstrong; 12 to 15, 1 Jamie Lamb, 2 Abe Albright. Chocolate crispy nests for Easter, five and under, 1, joint, Elsie and Martha Stevens.