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DAFFODIL SOCIETY – Wessex Group
The Wessex area covers the traditional county boundaries of: Gloucestershire; Somerset; Dorset; Wiltshire; and Hampshire.
Wessex AGM 21 Oct 2017
Storm Brian failed to deter 28 members of the Daffodil Society: Wessex group from attending the AGM.
Thanks to Bramcote bulbs, Scamp Quality Daffodils and Keith Boxall for donating bulbs to the bulb lottery and auction.
There were some stunning collections of bulbs and everyone attending won a lottery prize.
May 2017 Wessex Group Newsletter
The May 2017 Wessex Group Newsletter can be downloaded here
THE DAFFODIL SOCIETY WESSEX GROUP – SHOW REPORT
SUNDAY 9th APRIL 2017
The 29th Wessex Group Show at its usual venue at Henton in Somerset, was held at the end of a week of summer temperatures. There was some apprehension about how many blooms would make it, due to the hot weather. Fears were unfounded however, and as usual our Wessex exhibitors came good, 28 of them in fact equalling last year’s record. It was a splendid show, perhaps one of our best, giving our senior judge this year Janine Doulton from Folkstone, plenty to deliberate on.
The quality of all the exhibits was very high, especially in the Wessex Championship class requiring 6 vases covering all Divisions 1-4. Derek Phillips regained the Championship this year, together with the Society Gilt Medal his six cultivars being: Crowndale 4Y-O; River Queen 2W-W; Moon Shadow 3W-GWW; Banker 2Y-O; Disquiet 1Y-Y; and White Tea 2W-W. Second place went to Chris Yates, and Third was Ivor Clark.
Unusually none of the Best Bloom awards were to be found in the top three exhibits of the championship, such was the high standard of blooms across the whole show. Best Div.3 bloom however was residing in the unplaced championship exhibit of Evelyn Jane: a very nice Stanway 3Y-ORR.
The Society Bronze Medal for the Best Exhibit in Championship classes 2-5, went to Evelyn Jane for her 3×3 Alan Purnell Memorial Class entry of: Best Friend 3Y-YYO; Cameo King 2W-W; and Lemon Haze 2Y-GWY. Second in the 3×3 Divs.1-4 was Ivor Clark, and Third Derek Phillips. As if once again to underline the overall standard: the Best Vase of three blooms in the show; the Best Div.1 bloom; and Reserve Best Bloom in show all came from a vase of Ombersley 1Y-Y in Derek Phillips Third placed exhibit. As it is me that’s writing this report, I’m allowed to say what you must be thinking, that his other two vases couldn’t have been much of it! True.
The Frank Calcraft Memorial Class for 6 vases from Divs.5-13 was won once again by Angela Purnell with an exhibit also awarded Best 5-13 collection. Trignometry 11W-P;
Silver Chimes 8W-W; Ice Wings 5W-W; Crill 7Y-R; Kokopelli 7Y-Y; and Blisland 9W-YYR.
Second was Jennifer Phillips and Third Frank Newbery.
Class 4 for 3×3 Divs. 5-13 was won this year by Jennifer Phillips with: Kilstar 6W-P; Penny Perowne 7Y-Y; and Jamage 8W-Y. Second Angella Purnell, and Third Evelyn Jane. The ladies are monopolising this class chaps.
Class 5 for 3×3 miniatures was won by Angella Purnell, with Baby Boomer 7Y-Y; Hawera 5Y-Y; and Golden Bells 10Y-Y. Ivor Clark was Second and no Third awarded.
The American Daffodil Society Ribbon was where Chris Yates took his revenge on Derek and won with a lovely vase of: Emerald Empire 2W-GWW; Cool Crystal 3W-GWW; Spun Honey 4Y-Y; Phaonician 2W-W; and Culmination 2W-P. Second Derek Phillips, Third Evelyn Jane. Three very nice Entries.
The Society Silvered Medal for most points in the show was won by Chris Yates for a terrific contribution once again 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, and as mentioned earlier the majority of our Best Blooms came from the single vase classes. Best Div.2 bloom and Best Bloom in the show was a Fire-blade 2Y-YYO shown by Ivor Clark. Best Div.4 bloom for a second year running was Gay Kybo 4W-O this time shown by Chris Yates. Best Div: 5-13 bloom in show was Churchfield Bells 5Y-Y shown by Eric Pickard; and Best Miniature was Ted Perren’s species N. Intermedius .
Interestingly the cultivars awarded Best Blooms in Divisions 1, 2 & 3 as well as Best Bloom and Reserve Best Bloom (Ombersley; Fire-Blade; and Stanway) were all bred by Clive Postles. A fitting tribute.
Chris Yates picked up four of the Section Winners rosettes for most wins in:- Div:1, Div:2, Div:3, and Div: 4. Jennifer Phillips for Divs:5-13. Ivor Clark for the miniatures. The misc. section was a tie but awarded to Gwynne Davies on a technicality (that being that Chris Yates had won too much already).
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 Hilary Tinsley winner of Best Exhibit in the Local Classes.
Thanks too, to Janine for travelling so far to judge the show, to Gwynne Davies who having thought he’d got shot of the job stood in again at short notice 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.
BROADWEY, UPWEY & DISTRICT HS SHOW REPORT – SATURDAY 18th MARCH 2016
One of the earliest shows in the Wessex area, BUDS show near Weymouth nonetheless attracted 7 daffodil exhibitors and 51 entries.
The championship class for 3 vases of 3 blooms, 3 cultivars, had a new winner this year.
Mark Read won with three nicely uniform vases albeit all with yellow perianths. His vase of 3 x Viking 1Y-Y was awarded ‘Best Vase’, and the exhibit also contained 3 x Uncle Duncan 1Y-O, and an unknown 2Y-O. Other awards in the championship were Ray Hayward 2nd, and Eric Pickard 3rd.
A class for two vases of 3 blooms was won by Darlene Hayward with Lennymore 2Y-R and Olly’s Medal 1W-Y.
Ray Hayward won the 6 vase collection class with a Banker 2Y-O which was awarded ‘Best Bloom’, along with Misquote 1Y-Y; Pops Legacy 1W-Y; Latchley Meadows 2W-Y; Lennymore 2Y-R; and Truculent 3W-WWY. 2nd was Mark Read, 3rd Eric Pickard.
It was the 3 vase collection class though that was awarded ‘Best Exhibit’ and a Daffodil Society Medal. Three lovely flowers exhibited by Darlene Hayward: Beaulieu 1Y-Y; Tycoon 3W-WWY; and Eastbrook Sunrise 1Y-O. 2nd was Eric Pickard, 3rd Mark Read.
A Daffodil Society Diploma was awarded at the judges discretion to a smashing vase of three miniatures: Little Becky 12Y-Y. This was exhibited by Eric Pickard.
Finally the 18 single vase classes were bolstered by the exhibits of the one-man show that is the indomitable Bill Howarth, who of course very deservedly had most points.
WEST MOORS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SHOW REPORT – SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2017
The early season was in evidence at West Moors in Dorset with a bumper show of daffodils. Dave Manston had a good day, particularly in the classes for vases of 3 blooms and was a worthy winner of the Glory of Spring Challenge cup for most points in the daffodil classes.
The Daffodil Society Medal is awarded to the winner of the West Moors Daffodil Championship class. This is for a collection of 6 single bloom vases each a different cultivar and as ever was once again hotly contested. This years winner was Derek Phillips, with Ray Hayward 2nd , and Dave Manston 3rd.
The winning blooms were: Honeybourne 2W-Y; Seedling 38-25 4Y-Y; Misquote 1Y-Y; Latchley Meadows 2W-Y; Truculent 3W-WWY; and Banker 2Y-O.
The entry itself was awarded ‘Best Exhibit in Show’, and the Honeybourne from this set was judged to be the ‘Best Bloom in show’. The seedling double 38-25 was also a cracking flower for a Division 4 and is one to look out for if it is ever registered.
Dave Manston was winner of both of the Div.1 ‘vase of 3’ classes with: Viking 1Y-Y and Pops Legacy 1W-Y. Darlene Hayward won the single bloom class with a very nice Eastbrook Sunrise 1Y-O. John Gillingham dominated Div.2 with awards in all three classes. His vase of 3x Ashmore 2W-GWW was the ‘Best Vase in show’; he also won the single bloom class with Celestial Fire 2Y-O and continued his wins in Div.3 with 3x Cool Crystal 3W-GWW. Ray Hayward was also a winner with 3x Cape Cornwall 2Y-YYO.
Winners of the remaining open classes were as follows: Dave Manston took the single blooms with Badbury Rings 3Y-YYR and Dorchester 4W-P. Derek Phillips won with his old favourite 3x Heamoor 4Y-Y. Tony Beard took both the multi-headed bloom classes with Castanets 8Y-O, and finally the class for a vase of 3 blooms not otherwise covered in the schedule was won by John Manston with 3x Rapture 6Y-Y.
There is also a trophy class for a single all yellow daffodil from any division; won this year by Darlene Hayward with a beauty of an Ombersley 1Y-Y.
West Moors Horticultural Society has a very large village membership and novice growers are encouraged and well catered for in what they term members ‘small growers’ classes. In fact there are as many classes for daffodil ‘small growers’ as there are in the open competition, with special classes for garden favourites such as ‘Ice Follies’, ‘Tahiti’, ‘St.Keverne’, and ‘Rainbow’. Small growers also have their own championship class for four vases, won this year by Lyn Mathews. All of these small growers classes are very well supported and interest in the daffodil in this very lovely part of the world is clearly alive and well.
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
Wessex Area Show Dates 2016 are listed in the Jan 2016 Newsletter
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
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