MARCH may have been the coldest since modern records began, but it didn’t stop keen gardeners in Steyning.
They produced an amazing array of colourful exhibits for Steyning Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show at The Steyning Centre on Saturday.
Society chairman Charles Ashby said: “Four long rows of daffodils, spring flowers and flowering shrubs filled the hall with colour and wonderful scent from hyacinths and the shrubs.”
Alistair MacCulloch scooped the major prizes for the second year running, winning the Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for the best vase, the R. How Cup for the best vase of nine blooms, the K. Heryett Cup for most points in the flower classes and a certificate for the best bloom in show.
The judge, Eric Norrell, described Alistair’s vase of nine daffodils to be “as good as you can get”.
The children’s classes had 16 youngsters of all ages in the competition and each one was presented with an Easter egg.
Several new people put entries into the show, with some winning prizes.
The cookery section was well supported, with 14 pots of home-made marmalade in one class and as many as 10 cakes in another class.
First-time exhibitor Barbara Bennett won second prize for her marmalade, which was described by the judge as very tangy and almost a first.
Steyning Flower Club displayed 10 magnificent arrangements of spring flowers and Steyning Camera Club exhibited prints of recent work.
Charles added: “Home-made tea and cake, along with a large plant sale contributed to a very successful afternoon.”
The R.H. How Cup for best vase of nine blooms of any narcissi (one variety): 1 Alistair MacCulloch, 2 Lynne Broome.
Miss K Heryett Cup for most points in classes 2 to 8: Alistair MacCulloch.
Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for best vase of daffodils / narcissi: Alistair MacCulloch.
Daffodil Society Diploma for Best Individual Bloom in the Show: Alistair MacCulloch.
Five blooms daffodils / narcissi, any variety: Alistair MacCulloch.
Three blooms daffodils / narcissi, any variety: 1 Alistair MacCulloch, 2 Mike Warren, 3 Brian Day.
One specimen bloom daffodil / narcissi, any variety: 1 Alistair MacCulloch, 2 Mike Warren, 3 Val Stringer.
Three double blooms daffodils / narcissi, any variety: 1 Alistair MacCulloch, 2 Jane Oxley, 3 Jayne Pumfrey.
One double bloom daffodil / narcissi, any variety: 1 Alistair MacCulloch, 2 Mike Kelly, 3 Jane Oxley.
Three specimen blooms daffodils / narcissi, all different: 1 Alistair MacCulloch, 2 Lynne Broome, 3 Mike Kelly.
Three miniature single or multi-headed narcissi in own vase: 1 Carol Killick, 2 Jane Pumfrey, 3 Lynne Broome.
Three sprays, one variety, flowering shrub: 1 Brian Day, 2 Val Stringer, 3 Lynne Broome.
One pot plant: 1 Brian Day, 2 Julie MacCulloch.
One pot or bowl of bulbs, three of any variety: 1 Julie MacCulloch, 2 Val Stringer, 3 Jayne Pumfrey.
Six stems of any spring flower, excluding narcissi: 1 Val Stringer, 2 Julie MacCulloch, 3 Lynne Broome.
One glass jar of marmalade: 1 Liz Carter, 2 Barbara Bennett, 3 Stella Lindfield.
Five fruit scones: 1 Liz Carter, 2 Gillian Woodrow, 3 Stella Lindfield.
Victoria sandwich: 1 Liz Carter, 2 Helen Cosham, 3 Lexie Hamilton.
Madiera cake: 1 Helen Cosham, 2 Gillian Woodrow, 3 Mary Apsimon.
Five cinnamon shortbread: 1 Helen Cosham, 2 Joy Woodrow, 3 Liz Carter.
Birthday card, under six years: 1 Martha Stevens, 2 Elise Stevens; six to eight years: 1 Maisie Lander, 2 Kayla Ruston, 3 Analyn Luther; 12 to 15 years: 1 Oliver Hamilton.
Decorated flower pot, five years and under: 1 Elise Stevens, 2 Martha Stevens; age 12 to 15 years: 1 Oliver Hamilton.
Arrangement of spring flowers in an egg cup: five years and under: 1 Martha Stevens; age 12 to 15 years: 1 Oliver Hamilton.
Five butterfly cakes, five years and under: 1 Martha Stevens; age 12 to 15 years: 1 Oliver Hamilton.
FROM BULBS GIVEN BY STEYNING HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Three blooms, comprising the same or mixed varieties from free daffodils donated to members by the society: 1 Monique Cummings.