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DAFFODIL SOCIETY – Wessex Group
The Wessex area covers the traditional county boundaries of: Gloucestershire; Somerset; Dorset; Wiltshire; and Hampshire.
The annual show at Henton Village Hall, Henton, Somerset, will be held on Sunday 14 April 2019. The show schedule can be downloaded Here
Wessex Group Newsletter – Download the latest copy Here
The Daffodil Society – Wessex group report January 2018 submitted to the DS Committee Jan 2018
Annual General Meeting 2017
The AGM was held in October 2017. 26 people attended, only a few short of the total group membership. As well as a chance to socialise, the much anticipated and convivial bulb lottery and bulb auction provided valuable funds for the continuation and development of the group and the annual show. We look forward to seeing some splendid blooms and friendly competition on the showbench. Thanks to group members, Bramcote bulbs and Scamp quality daffodils for donations to the auction and lottery.
Three new members have joined in 2017 including Zara Evans who has relocated to Somerset. Zara is a DS accredited judge.The Wessex group can now boast 12 judges amongst the membership.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER 2018
@ 2.30 p.m.
Venue: Jack Crease Room, Yatton Village Hall,
The Causeway, Yatton, Somerset BS49 4HL
THE DAFFODIL SOCIETY WESSEX GROUP – SHOW REPORT
SUNDAY 8TH APRIL 2018
Last year I was reporting on summer temperatures, but this year as we all well know it was more like Arctic ones in the run up to the 30th Wessex Group Show. Held at its usual venue in Henton, Somerset, exhibitors had been reporting that they ‘didn’t have much’. Fearing the worst and having visions of empty benches, I even scoured the garden for entries in the more obscure classes, and took the most serious step ever taken in the history of the show, by reducing the bacon roll order. As usual however such claims should have been taken with a pinch of salt as 27 exhibitors produced a great display of blooms. It may have been a bit thinner in the Div3 and multi head classes, but otherwise as good a show as ever. A bit of economy with the bacon and all was well. We even had six new exhibitors in the open classes, which bodes well for the future.
Seven exhibits in the Wessex Championship class requiring 6 vases covering all Divisions 1-4, gave our senior judge this year Janine Doulton from Folkstone, plenty to deliberate on. Ivor Clark took the Championship this year together with the Society Gilt Medal his six cultivars being: Ombersley 1Y-Y; Cherrygardens 2W-GPP; Touchdown 2W-P; Crowndale 4Y-O; Online 2Y-Y; and White Tea 2W-GWW. Second place went to Ray Hayward, and Third was Derek Phillips.
Once again however none of the Best Bloom awards were to be found in the top exhibit.
Best Div.1 bloom and Best Bloom in the show was an Ombersley 1Y-Y in Chris Yates’ entry. Best Div.2 bloom was Ray Hayward’s Banker 2Y-O. Best Div.3 bloom was my Truculent 3W-WWY although it was just the best of a poor number of Div 3s and was already drawing its pension.
The Society Bronze Medal for the Best Exhibit in Championship classes 2-5, also went to Ivor Clark for his 3×3 Alan Purnell Memorial Class entry of: Snowboard 2W-GWW; Tycoon 3W-WWY; and Queen’s Guard 1W-Y. Second in this class was new Wessex exhibitor Rodney Veale, and Third Eric Pickard.
The Frank Calcraft Memorial Class for 6 vases from Divs.5-13 was won this year by Evelyn Jane with Boslowick 11aY-O; Avalanche 8W-Y; Quail 7Y-Y; Abbey Road 5WYY-W; Rapture 6Y-Y; and Tracy 6W-W. Second was Jennifer Phillips whose Rapture 6Y-Y in this exhibit was Best Div: 5-13 bloom: and Third was Frank Newbery.
The ladies continue to dominate Class 4 for 3×3 Divs. 5-13, Darlene Hayward was awarded Best 5-13 collection winning with: Pipit 7YYW-Y; Abbey Road 5WYY-W; and Quail 7Y-Y. Second was Jennifer Phillips whose vase of 3x Rapture 6Y-Y was awarded Best Vase of three blooms in the show. Third was another new Wessex exhibitor Roz Mizen.
Class 5 for 3×3 miniatures was won by Ivor Clark, with Yellow Xit; N.Intermedius; and Angel’s Whisper. Evelyn Jane was Second and no Third awarded.
There were only two entries in the American Daffodil Society Ribbon class this year, but both excellent. Chris Yates won this once again with a stunning vase of: Pink Silk 1W-P; Phaonician 2W-W; Trumpet Warrior 1YYW-WWY; Oregon Pioneer 2Y-P; and Miss Primm 2Y-Y. Second was Evelyn Jane.
Chris Yates also won the Society Silvered Medal for most points in the show for another great contribution of entries. However Evelyn Jane and Ted Perren were right on his tail in terms of points.
There were multiple entries in most of the remaining 46 classes, mostly for single blooms. Amazingly there were over a dozen entries in several of them including classes for 1Y-Y; 1W-W; 2Y-Y; 2Y-O; 2W-P. A couple of Best Blooms were found in this section: Derek Phillip’s Tasgem 4Y-Y Best Div.4 bloom; and a Xit from a vase of three, shown by Ivor Clark and awarded Best Miniature and Reserve Best Bloom in show.
Chris Yates picked up three of the Section Winners rosettes for most wins in:- Div:2, Div:3, and the misc. section. Evelyn Jane for Div.1. Derek Phillips for Div: 4. Terry Miller for Divs:5-13. and Ivor Clark for the miniatures.
Our dear friends from Henton GC were there early in the morning and provided the much appreciated Bacon Rolls during staging. The club also provide tea and cakes for visitors to the show, something which our group members do not have the resource to do. Thank you Henton GC and congratulations to Diana Wagstaff winner of Best Exhibit in the Local Classes.
Thanks too, to Janine for travelling so far to judge the show, to Gwynne Davies who once again covered as Show Secretary, and to all my friends, family and exhibitors who unfailingly turn up to put the show up and then clear the hall afterwards. I am truly grateful to you all, and especially to the non exhibitors who troubled to come to Henton only to help. Thank you all.
Congratulations to Ivor Clarke for winning a crystal trophy at the Rosemoor Daffodil Competition on 11 March 2017.
The early date of the second weekend in March didn’t faze Ivor Clarke of Alveston, South Gloucestershire.
All his entries at the RHS Daffodil competition at Rosemoor won first prizes and an immaculately grown and presented set of six blooms, Ombersley 1Y-Y and Honeybourne 2W-Y, Silent Valley 1W-W and Cameo Joy 2Y-R, with Arleston 2Y-Y and Queens Guard 1|W-Y deservedly won him the Crystal trophy.
The 2016 AGM of the Daffodil Society’s Wessex Group took place on
Thursday 20th October 2016 at 2.30pm
The venue : The Jack Crease Room, Yatton Village Hall, The Causeway, Yatton, Somerset.
The AGM agenda can be downloaded here
Ivor Clark exhibited at the Rosemoor show on Sat 12 April and had a wonderful Honeybourne that won Best Bloom in the show. He was just pipped to first place in the 6 singles class by Allen Brierley.
Eric Pickard was elected to the DS committee at the 2016 AGM in March.
Two New Wessex Judges on the DS List.
Two of the three candidates taking the Society judging test in April 2015 came from the Wessex region. Congratulations to Ivor Clark and Eric Pickard who are now accredited Society judges. Well known bulb supplier Frankie Charlton from Miniature Bulbs, Choice bulbs was the third successful candidate.
West Moors HS Show Report – Saturday 26th March
West Moors Spring Show is always well supported especially by the local community who provide a membership base any village would be proud of. It is a friendly show which, as far as daffodils are concerned caters both for top class competition attracting exhibitors from other counties; but also importantly for the novice grower and local gardeners in what they term members ‘small growers’ classes. In fact there are as many classes for daffodil small growers as there are in the main competition, with special classes for garden favourites such as ‘Ice Follies’, ‘Tahiti’, ‘St.Keverne’, and ‘Rainbow’; to a trophy class for an all yellow daffodil, won this year by Miss Erica Pickard with a very nice Impeccable 2Y-Y; and even their own small growers championship class for four vases, won this year by Master Ken Pickard. There seemed to be no shortage of first time exhibitors in these small growers classes which is good to see.In the open daffodil classes there were four exhibitors in the West Moors Championship Class:
Derek Phillips is this years winner with: Gympie 1Y-Y; Dorneywood 1W-Y; Pink Silk
1W-P; Lennymore 2Y-R; Banker 2Y-O; and Latchley Meadows 2W-Y.
Dave Manston was runner up, and Ray Hayward third.
Derek’s Banker was also judged to be Best Bloom in Show, and the entry was awarded Best Exhibit in the Daffodil classes.Dave Manston came good in the Div:1 classes winning all three with: Midas Touch 1Y-Y;
3X St.Budock; and 3X Swanvale 1W-W. ‘That’s nice’ were my thoughts when Dave put up his vase of three Swanvale, which quite rightly was awarded Best Vase in Show.The remaining multi stem vases in Divs:1-4 were won by Derek Phillips with:
3X Impeccable 2Y-Y; 3X Demo 2Y-O; and 3X Heamoor 4Y-Y. There were no entries for 3X Div:3.The two multi head classes were both won by Tony Beard with Ice Wings 5W-W.
The homemade cakes for sale with a cup of tea in the afternoon also deserve a mention, absolutely scrummy.
North Somerset Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society
Show Report – Sunday 20th March 2016
Class 1. The Daffodil Championship Cup calls for 9 distinct cultivars, from divisions 1 – 4,
1 bloom per vase and was won by David Bryant showing Harvington, Lennymore, Pink Silk, Midas Touch, Tutankhamun, Loch Hope, Truculent, Sherborne and Bravoure. Derek Phillips 2nd, with Demmo, Pink Silk, Lennymore, Dorneywood, Cameo Frills, Queen’s Guard, Gympie, Latchley Meadows and Impeccable. Ivor Clark 3rd showing Arleston, Honeybourne, Ombersley, Queen’s Guard, Crowndale, Pink Silk, Banker, Pop’s Legacy and Cape Cornwall.
Class 2. Division 1, 6 blooms, 1 bloom per vase, not less then 2 and no more then 3 of the same cultivar.
1st Derek Phillips, two Pink Silk, two Gympie and two Queen’s Guard. 2nd Frank Newbery, two Corbiere, two Goldfinger, two English Caye. Richard Patrick 3rd showing, Dorneywood, Corbiere, Beaulieu and three unnamed blooms.
Class 3. Rose Bowl Trophy. Div.2 and/or Div:3, 6 blooms, 1 bloom per vase, not less then 2 and no more then 3 of the same cultivar. 1st David Bryant, Demmo, two Happy Valley, two Tutankhamun and Resplendent. 2nd Richard Patrick, Banker, Sea Legend four unnamed blooms. 3rd Derek Phillips, two Demmo, two Punter and two Lennymore.
Class 5. G.V.Patrick Trophy. Division 1 – 4, 3 vases, 3 distinct cultivars, 1 cultivar per vase.
1st Nick Toogood, unnamed blooms. 2nd I.Clark, showing, Arleston, Pop’s Legacy and Ombersley. 3rd Richard Patrick, with Banker, Sea Legend and Impeccable.
Class 10 Division 4 1 vase 3 blooms. 1st David Bryant, showing Sherborne which won a DS Diploma.
with Ivor Clark 2nd and John Chinn 3rd.
Two entries in Class 18 G.L.J.Perpetual Trophy. Division 1 – 4, 3 vases, 3 distinct cultivars, 1 cultivar per vase. 1st David Bryant, showing Drayton, Pink Silk and Midas Touch, also winning a DS Diploma. 2nd Richard Patrick, with, Fiona McKillop, Pink Silk and Pop’s Legacy.
David Bryant winning every award apart from the G.V.Patrick Trophy, he had best bloom in show with “Harvington” and also won the Jim Kerton Cup for Highest Points in Show with 44 points, and Richard Patrick came in next with 18. Other exhibitors who won cards in the Daffodil classes at the show are Keith and Loraine Pursey, Russell Dare and Frank Newbery. With the early season and 13 more entries, and 3 extra exhibitors, it turned out to be a good show, congratulations and thanks to all the exhibitors who exhibited, and thank you all for your loyalty and support.
The Daffodil Society- Wessex Group – Show Report
Sunday 10th April 2016
The 28th Wessex Group Show at its usual venue at Henton in Somerset, was an event that everyone seemed to enjoy even more than usual this year. Our senior judge, James Akers MBE, had his work cut out in the six championship classes though, which contained 141 vases between them, most of which James patiently pointed. 28 exhibitors in total which, without looking at old results, I believe was a record number of exhibitors.
The quality of all the exhibits was very high, especially in the Wessex Championship class requiring 6 vases covering all Divisions 1-4.
We have a new Champion this year (About time, I can hear you thinking !), winner of the Society Gilt Medal was a really excellent exhibit put up by Ivor Clark, with: Sun Bronze 2Y-O; Moon Shadow 3W-GWW; Cool Crystal 3W-GWW; Disquiet 1Y-Y; Tasgem 4Y-Y; and Touchdown 2W-P. Ivor’s Cool Crystal was Best Div.3 bloom and also Reserve Best Bloom in show.
Erica Pickard was Second, which out of 9 entries was a commendable result for a novice exhibitor. Derek Phillips scraped a Third Place, although his exhibit did contain the Best Div.1 bloom Ombersley 1Y-Y, and Best Div.2 bloom Banker 2Y-O. This Banker was also the Best Bloom in the show.
The Society Bronze Medal for the Best Exhibit in Championship classes 2-5, also went to Ivor for his 3×3 vases of: Samsara 3Y-YRR; Touchdown 2W-P; and Fireblade 2Y-YYO.
The Touchdown in this class were also awarded Best Vase of three blooms in the show. Second in the 3×3 Divs.1-4 was Derek Phillips; Third was Ken Pickard another novice exhibitor, fast leaving father Eric Pickard behind. Also in this class was Best Div.4 bloom Gay Kybo 4W-O from a vase of three shown by Richard Patrick. 7 Entries.
The Frank Calcraft Memorial Class for 6 vases from Divs.5-13 was won by Angela Purnell with an exhibit also awarded Best 5-13 collection. Dan du Plessis 8Y-O; Trignometry 11W-P; Silver Chimes 8W-W; Rapture 6Y-Y; Penny Perowne 7Y-Y; and Ice Wings 5W-W.
Second was Basil Billinger, and Third was Jennifer Dean. Jennifer’s entry did contain another of her nice Avalanches awarded Best Div: 5-13 bloom in show. 7 Entries.
Class 4 for 3×3 Divs. 5-13 was won by Angela Purnell once again with: Dan du Plessis 8Y-O; Silver Chimes 8W-W; and Penny Perowne 7Y-Y. Second Evelyn Jane, Third Jennifer Dean. 4 Entries.
Class 5 for 3×3 miniatures was won by Ivor Clark with: Minnow 8W-Y; Yellow Xit 3W-Y; and Pacific Coast 8Y-Y. Second Evelyn Jane, Third Jennifer Dean. 3 Entries.
The American Daffodil Society Ribbon was won once again by Derek Phillips with: River Queen 2W-W; American Dream 1Y-P; Rose Lake 2W-P; Trigonometry 11W-P; and Oregon Pioneer 2Y-P. Second Chris Yates, Third Jennifer Dean. Three very nice Entries.
The Society Silvered Medal for most points in the show was won by Chris Yates for a terrific contribution in terms of number of entries in the show including of course a selection of his wonderful seedlings.
There were multiple entries in 44 of the remaining 46 classes, mostly for single blooms. Chris Yates picked up four of the Section Winners rosettes for most wins in:- Div:1, Div:2, Div:3, and the Misc classes. Derek Phillips picked up two rosettes, for Div: 4, and the Miniature classes (Yes miniatures, you did read that correctly). Evelyn Jane won the Divs:5-13 section. Also in these classes was to be found the Best Miniature Pixie’s Sister 7Y-Y shown by Basil Billinger.
A new team from Henton GC provided the much loved Bacon Rolls in the morning, and the support from the garden Club Members generally is as ever appreciated. The Best Exhibit in the Local Classes went to an unnamed double exhibited by David Heath.
Thanks too, to James and Wendy for travelling so far to judge the show, to Gwynne Davies for taking on the often thankless task of Show Secretary, and to all my friends, family and exhibitors who unfailingly turn up to put the show up and then clear the hall afterwards. Without your support the show couldn’t happen.
Photographs Courtesy of James Akers & Derek Phillips
Nailsea and District Horticultural Society Spring Show, Saturday 2nd April 2016
A few photographs from this years Nailsea Show Courtesy of John Hamblin.
Click on the images to enlarge.
NEWSLETTER The Wessex Group produces a Newsletter outlining its activities. Recent copies are downloadable here;
Newsletter Jan 2015 Newsletter July 2015 Newsletter Jan 2016
Newsletter September 2016 Newsletter Jan 2017 Newsletter May 2017
Newsletter July 2018 Newsletter Feb 2019
Daffodil items of interest for the Wessex area should be sent to Basil Billinger.
For other enquiries about the Daffodil Society-Wessex Group please contact the Secretary, Basil Billinger
- Mr Basil Billinger
- 19 Sunnymede Road
- Nailsea, Bristol
- North Somerset
- BS48 2NF
- Telephone: 01275 855675