The Show Bench
|Two weeks before the show and after a very cool spell of weather the blooms are beginning to proliferate.|
Quite a lot of 3-headers and a bit of bud drop but later shoots are showing mostly 4-headers so here's hoping for a decent spell of weather for the next few days.
Encouraging picks just a few days before the show. Hope the weather holds.
What are the judges looking for?
3-5 (preferably 4) large, fresh,-looking, well-formed blooms on strong straight stems.
Colours true to type.
Neatly displayed in the vase.
Hopefully little or no weather damage.
|The week leading up to the show brought cold north easterly winds force 5/6 for 4 days non-stop followed by torrential thunderstorms.|
Fortunately I started picking a couple of days before the rain and finished on the morning of the show.
After all the tension the flowers are finally loaded ready for transporting to the show area.
|Very lucky with the weather to get such a pleasing display.|
6 vases, 6 different varieties, 6 flowers in each vase.
Let's see what the judges make of them.
|This is a display vase made up with all the blooms which were rejected when selecting for the main display.|
A bit of weather damage but overall a lovely display.
|Hmmmm ... not bad|