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First class blooms at the flower show
THIS year’s Bothenhampton flower show was very successful despite entries being slightly down, particularly in the vegetable section.
The consensus among gardeners was it had been a difficult year, with the wettest April-to-June period on record.
One of the organisers Renee Gibbs said the floral exhibits had some first class blooms and pot plants and the cakes and pastries exhibits were up on last year with some very mouth-watering entries.
The children’s entries were down but Grace Lawson more than made up for that by producing a stunning decorated cake, she added.
Results Floral Best arrangement of cut flowers: Val Newman. Miniature arrangement, Val Roshier. One specimen bloom, Harry Black. Vase of six flowers (single variety), Barbara Patten. Three stems of flowering or decorative shrub, Geoff Matthews. Any pot plant, Margaret Barnes.
Vegetables Five potatoes, Fiona Graham-Flynn. Three onions, Fiona Graham-Flynn. Three tomatoes, Ray Gibbs. Five runner beans, Geoff Matthews. Pair of cucumbers, Betty Williams. One each of five different vegetables, Val Newman. Three beetroot, no entries. Three courgettes, Fiona Graham-Flynn. Four kinds of named herbs, Sylvia Bailey.
Fruit Three desert apples, Harry Black. Three culinary apples, Kevin Hillier. Dish of soft fruit, Ray Gibbs. Display of fruit of own choice, Fiona Graham-Flynn.
Preserves Homemade soft fruit jam, Geoff Matthews. Homemade chutney, Sylvia Bailey. Homemade marmalade, Fiona Graham-Flynn.
Cakes and Pastries Fruit loaf, Val Black. Lemon drizzle cake, Barbara Redwood. Dorset apple cake, Sue Hillier. A white loaf made in bread maker or handmade, Val Black. A wholemeal loaf made in breadmaker or handmade, Ray Gibbs. Victoria sandwich, Lois Harvey. Six cheese scones, Barbara Redwood.
Fruit pie, Betty Williams.
Handiwork Knitted teddy, Val Roshier. Article made from recycled material, Catherine Denney. Homemade greetings card/invitation, Heather Harvey. Any craft item, Val Roshier. Amateur artists, Lois Harvey.
Amateur Photography Coloured print of Bridport market, Chris Dobbs. Coloured print of a sunset, Heather Harvey. Coloured print of a celebration, Chris Dobbs. Coloured print of an animal, Heather Harvey. Coloured print of a sporting theme, Ashley Jones.
Children’s Exhibits – under 16 A model in any medium, Rita Villas-Boas. A homemade food item, Grace Lawson.