This page contains results and pictures from a number of Early Shows in Scotland. It is based on the shows where I exhibited or visited in 1999, supplemented by show reports received from other exhibitors and enthusiasts. It is focussed largely on the North and East of Scotland. In the lists of shows below the society name is also a bookmark to enable you to quickly locate show details. Each of the photos is shown in thumbnail form, just click on the small image to see the full size picture.
This page will be updated regularly as results and pictures become available.
1999 has been quite a good year for chrysanthemum growers in North East Scotland. High temperatures during July and August caused some problems for developing blooms, later blooms seem to have avoided this problem. In sharp contrast to last year many growers had blooms and sprays available for shows from mid August onwards, and were still going strong at the final shows at the end of September.
This year there is a summary of the most popular cultivars exhibited at the shows reported here. This link will take you to this new page: Most Popular Cultivars.
One of the earliest shows in the chrysanthemum calendar, in an early year we usually see some good blooms and sprays at this show. Two entries in the class for three vases of three blooms, Dennis Morrice, Fraserburgh, won the class with Oyster, Salmon and Apricot Chessington. Paul Barlow was second with Fred Brocklehurst, Shirley McMinn and Lorna Wood. Notable single vase entries came from Donald Buchan with 5 Vision On.
In the spray classes Doug Stewart was successful with a tremendous vase of Pennine Whistle.
The RHS show is one the highlights in the Aberdeen calendar. A number of marquees are erected in the city's Duthie Park, these house the many horticultural exhibits during the two days of the show. In the chrysanthemum section the main class for three vases of large disbudded blooms was won by Tom Buchan, Fraserburgh. Tom exhibited Riley's Dynasty, Pearl Celebration and Lynn Johnson. Second in this class was last year's winner Dennis Morrice, Dennis exhibited White Rachel Knowles, Salmon Chessington and Yellow Courtier. This year there were four entries in the class for three vases of three medium blooms, Dennis was placed first using John Harrison, Woolley Pride and Lorna Wood, second and third were Ian Gerrie, Stuartfield, and David Tait, Dundee.
In the three vase Natural Spray class Doug Stewart, Aberdeen, exhibited Enbee Frill, Peach Frill and Salmon Frill to win the class, Donald Buchan, Aberdeen, was second using Enbee Frill, Amber Enbee Wedding and Southway Celebration. Last years winner, Terry Stott was placed third.
In the Novice classes Ray Barclay, Aberdeen, exhibited some fine Bronze Matlock.
The Best vase in Show award and the National Chrysanthemum Society Silver Medal went to Paul Barlow for his vase of Lorna Wood. Paul also collected the NCS Bronze medal for his vase of New Stylist.
The following pictures are available:
The 1999 Dundee Flower Show was held at Camperdown Park from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th September. The chrysanthemum classes were very well supported, filling the staging to capacity, the quality of blooms and sprays was excellent throughout the show.
The premier class is the Tayside Championship for 3 vases of 5 blooms. This year there were five entries. The winner this year was Tom Buchan (Fraserburgh). Tom used a very weighty set that included Apricot Courtier, Dorridge Crystal, and Pearl Celebration. Second in the class was Paul Barlow (Aberdeen). Paul used all medium cultivars Woolley Pride, Woolley Globe and John Harrison. In third place, local Dundee grower David Tait with vases of Colossus, Ed Hodgson and Apricot Courtier.
The Cream of the Barley Trophy calls for 6 vases of 3 large cultivars. Tom Buchan used Emily Peace, Riley's Dynasty, Salmon Chessington (2), and Windermere (2) to take first place. Ally Donald ( Brechin) was second in this class with vases of Dorridge Crystal, Colossus (2), Oyster Chessington, Salmon Chessington, Deva Glow.
The next class for large cultivars is the Haggart Cup class requiring 3 vases of 3 large cultivars. This was well supported with four entries. In first place was Ian Gray (Forfar) with Dorridge Crystal, Lynn Johnson, and Primrose Dorridge Crystal. In second and third positions were Bryan Calder (Forfar), Pearl Celebration, Ed Hodgson and Deva Glow, and David Tait (Dundee) Dorridge Crystal, White Pearl Celebration and Pearl celebration.
Moving on to the classes for medium cultivars the Brothers Cup class calls for 6 vases of 3 blooms. Three good entries this year with Roddy McFarland (Perth) taking the red card. Roddy showed Carlene Welby (2), Cornetto, Darlington Jubilee, and Yellow John Wingfield (2). In second place Bill Murray (Perth) with vases of Primrose Muriel Vipas, Woolley Globe, Carlene Welby, Cornetto, Yellow Gingernut and Lorna Wood. In third pace was Dorothy Spencer (Broughty Ferry). Dorothy's entry consisted of Lorna Wood, Matlock, Amber Matlock, Bronze Matlock (2), Carlene Welby.
The class for 3 vases of 5 blooms of mediums and the T D Duncan Trophy was won by Paul Barlow. His entry included Cornetto, New Stylist, and Woolley Globe. In second place was Alistair Cameron (Perth), with vases of Amber Matlock, Cornetto, and John Wingfield. Davit Tait was third with Bronze Matlock, Amber Matlock, Swallwell.
In a well contested class for three vases of three blooms (the D P How Trophy class) Paul Barlow took the red card with Carlene Welby, Cornetto, and Lorna Wood. Dorothy Spencer was second with Amber Matlock, Wine Carlene Welby and Lorna Wood. Alistair Cameron was third with Pink John Wingfield, Vision On and Cornetto. In the single vase classes Dorridge Crystal shown by Alec Black of Bridge of Earn was the best vase from this section.
The Forsyth Challenge cup for 6 vases of 5 exhibition sprays had 2 excellent entries. The winner was Jim Cathcart from Anstruther after being very closely challenged by Eric Wilson of Penpont. Jim used four of the Enbee cultivars, Honey, Peach, Primrose, and Ruby, as well as Pennine Oriel and Primrose Pennine Oriel. Eric used Candlewick Limelight, Enbee wedding, Rose Enbee, Pennine Swan, White Enbee, Primrose Enbee.
In the three vase class (The Wallace Cup) Walter Little of Dumfries was placed first with an entry consisting of Myss Goldie, Peach Enbee Wedding, and Yellow Heide. K Findlay (Forfar) was second with Yellow Oriel, Enbee Wedding and Bronze Enbee, and Ed Mitchell (Montrose) was third with Enbee Wedding, Primrose Enbee and Peach Enbee
The NCS Silver Medal for best vase in Show went to Tom Buchan for Pearl Celebration. The Best Exhibit in Show was Jim Cathcart's six vases of Exhibition Sprays
The following pictures of winning exhibits are available
The Scottish National Chrysanthemum and Dahlia show is held at the Albert Hall in Stirling. This mid-week show relied again this year on the travelling chrysanthemum fraternity for the success or failure of the chrysanthemum sections. The organisers were not let down! The number and quality of chrysanthemum exhibits was excellent - maintaining the standard of previous years. The chrysanthemum results were as follows:
Large Disbud Classes
Jack Kevan (Dumfries) won the class for 3 vases of 5 blooms. Jack included Primrose Chessington, Salmon Chessington and Chessington in his entry.
The class for 6 vases of 3 blooms was also won by Jack Kevan using Dorridge Crystal, Yellow Courtier, Apricot Courtier, Apricot Chessington, Lilac Chessington and Emily Peace.
The class for 3 vases of 3 blooms was also won by Tom Buchan using Windemere, Apricot Chessington and Dorridge Crystal.
There were numerous entries in the single vases classes, with one entry worthy of specific mention. Jim Innes (Fraserburgh) brought along just one vase of blooms to enter in the class for 5 blooms of large incurved. The cultivar he brought is a first year novelty called Clapham Delight. This vase not only won the class but was selected by the judges as Best Vase in Show and was awarded the Gold Medal!
Medium Disbud Classes
In the class for 3 vases of 5 blooms there were two entries this year. Dave Macfarlane (Fraserburgh) was placed second using Carlene Welby, Yellow John Wingfield and Lorna Wood. Paul Barlow (Aberdeen) won the class using Woolley Globe, Woolley Pride and John Wingfield. This last vase was selected as best vase of medium blooms in show.
In the class for 6 vases of 3 blooms there were two excellent entries. The winner was R. Crellin using Yellow John Wingfield, Pink John Wingfield (2), John Wingfield (2) and Cornetto. Just ahead of Dennis Morrice (Fraserburgh), Dennis used Carlene Welby, Wembley, Pink John Wingfield, Yellow John Wingfield (2) and Lorna Wood.
The class for 3 vases of 3 blooms was keenly contested with three excellent entries. The winner was R. Thirwell with vases of Pink John Wingfield, Cornetto and Max Riley.In second place was R Jackson with Ian Whitelaw placed third.
In the class for 3 vases of exhibition sprays J Dempster was first from two entries using vases of White, Primrose and Peach Enbee Wedding. Walter Little (Dumfries) was second.
A selection of photographs of winning entries.
The Mechanics Hall in Brechin Town Centre is the venue for this show. The first class calls for six vases of three large blooms in at least four cultivars. Just one entry in the class this year from local grower Ally Donald. Ally's entry consisted of three vases of Lynn Johnson, Apricot Chessington, Primrose Chessington and Colossus. One of the vases of Lynn Johnson was selected as best vase in show and this exhibit was awarded the NCS Silver Medal for best Chrysanthemum exhibit in Show.
The next class requires three vases of five blooms in three different cultivars. Again, two entries in this class. Paul Barlow was the winner using all medium cultivars - Woolley Pride, Woolley Globe and Cornetto. Alistair Patullo was second in the class using all large cultivars - Dorridge Crystal, Primrose Dorridge Crystal and White Pearl Celebration.
There are several classes in the schedule for three vases of three blooms. The first of these is an open class for large blooms in three cultivars. Just one entry this year from Ally Donald, the cultivars used were Lynn Johnson, Dorridge Crystal, Salmon Chessington.
The next class is for growers residing within the burgh of Brechin. Entries this year from Ally Donald and Bryan Calder. Ally used Lynn Johnson, Colossus and Salmon Chessington to take the red ticket with Bryan in second place using Dorridge Crystal, Pearl Celebration, Deva Glow.
In the three vases of mediums, Dorothy Spencer (Dundee) used Swallwell, Pink John Wingfield, Yellow John Wingfield to take the red card, Paul Barlow was second with John Harrison, Carlene Welby, Yellow Gingernut.
A good bench of sprays this year with Ally Donald putting up the only entry in the class for six vases of exhibition sprays, five stems per vase. Ally's entry consisted of Enbee Wedding, Rose Enbee Wedding, Ruby Enbee Wedding, Peach Enbee Wedding, Honey Enbee Wedding and Primrose Enbee Wedding.
The class for three vases of five stems, exhibition sprays was won by Ed Mitchell (Montrose), unfortunately no details of cultivars used for this entry. In second place Ally Donald (who else?) with vases of Primrose Enbee Wedding, Enbee Wedding and Ruby Enbee Wedding. Donald Buchan was placed third with his entry consisting of Rose Enbee Wedding, Honey Enbee Wedding and Enbee Wedding.
Finally in the sprays, the class for three vases, five stems per vase of natural sprays was won by Donald Buchan; cultivars used were Salmon Enbee Wedding, Ruby Enbee Wedding and Cherry Enbee Wedding.
In the class for 3 vases of five blooms, large flowered, Tom Buchan was placed first, Tom's entry consisted of Yellow Courtier, Emily Peace and Oyster Chessington. Dennis Morrice was second with vases of White Sally Duchess, Salmon Chessington and Primrose Rachel Knowles.
In the mediums the class for 3 vases , 5 blooms per vase was won by Paul Barlow. Paul used Woolley Pride, John Wingfield and Yellow John Wingfield. In second place was George Grant with another Wingfield fullhouse - Yellow, Pink and the parent. In third position Dennis Morrice with Yellow John Wingfield, Pink John Wingfield and Darlington Jubilee.
The class for 6 vases, 3 blooms per vase was well contested. The local Fraserburgh growers completing a 1-2-3 . In first place Dave Macfarlane used Carlene Welby (2), Yellow Courtier(2), Yellow John Wingfield, and Pink John Wingfield. Second was Tom Buchan with Apricot Chessington (2), Chessington (2), Salmon Chessington and Lilac Chessington. In third place Dennis Morrice with vases of John Harrison, Emily Peace, Yellow Courtier, Salmon, Oyster and Lilac Chessington,
The class for three vases of three blooms was again closely well supported. Tom Buchan took the red ticket with Yellow Courtier, Lynn Johnson and Salmon Chessington. In second place Paul Barlow, using all medium intermediate cultivars Carlene Welby, Cornetto and Woolley Globe. In third place Dave Macfarlane,
With John Harrison, Pink John Wingfield and Woolley Globe.
The class for three vases of five stems, exhibition sprays was won by Arthur Fisher, Sandhaven. Arthur's entry consisted of Peach Enbee Wedding, Enbee Wedding and Pennine Swing.
The Best Vase Large was Yellow Courtier shown by T. Buchan. The Best Vase of Mediums and overall Best vase in Show was Woolley Pride from Paul Barlow.
The NCS Silver Medal for best exhibit went to Tom Buchan for his 3 x 5 Large and the Bronze Medal to Paul Barlow for his 3 x 5 mediums. (Information provided by Maureen Buchan, Fraserburgh).
The Town Hall in Perth makes an excellent setting for this show. Once again the exhibitors put on a fine display of chrysanthemums. Details of the winners of chrysanthemum classes follow.
The main class calls for six vases of five blooms in at least 4 different cultivars. Two entries in the class this year. Taking the red ticket was Paul Barlow (Aberdeen) using all medium cultivars - Woolley Globe, John Harrison, Carlene Welby, Pink John Wingfield, John Wingfield and Cornetto. This exhibit was judged to be the Best Exhibit in the show and the vase of John Wingfield was awarded the National Society Silver Medal for Best Vase in Show.
In second place was David Tait, David used Colossus (2), Ed Hodgson (2), Yellow Courtier and Apricot Courtier.
In the class for three vases of five blooms large cultivars Jack Kevan (Collin) provided an excellent entry consisting of the Chessington family: Apricot, Primrose and Oyster to take the red card.
Class no 7 calls for three vases of 3 blooms. Jack Kevan again using Chessington family to good effect in winning the class with Lilac, Apricot and Primrose sports. In second place Alastair Cameron (Matlock, Pink John Wingfield and John Harrison) and in third place A Lambert, Cowdenbeath, (Vision On, John Harrison and Cornetto).
Class 12 calls for three vases of five blooms mediums. A closely contested class with five entries this year. Paul Barlow won the class with an entry consisting of Lorna Wood, Carlene Welby and Yellow Gingernut, In second place last years winner Wallace Murray with Lorna Wood, Cornetto and Woolley Globe, and in third place Alastair Cameron with his entry consisting of John Wingfield, Lorna Wood and Cornetto.
In the Exhibition Spray classes the 1998 result in the six vase class was reversed, Jim Cathcart (Anstruther) coming out ahead of Eric Wilson on this occasion. Jim's entry consisted of Honey, Ruby, Peach and Primrose Enbee Wedding (2) and a vase of Pennine Oriel to complete the six. Eric used Primrose, White, Honey and Peach Enbee Wedding along with vases of Hillsway Billy and Myss Goldie. In the class for three vases of exhibition sprays K. Findlay was successful using Rose Enbee Wedding, Primrose Oriel and Oriel.
A special class in the schedule is for new growers under tuition. The class required three vases of three blooms and there were seven entries. W. Daley (Dundee) was the successful new grower with an excellent entry consisting of Pink John Wingfield, Cornetto and John Wingfield.
A selection of pictures of winning entries from the Perth show.
This year the Aberdeen Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society show was held in a new venue. After many years in the Townhall, Stonehaven, the Society decided to bring the show back into Aberdeen city. This move also coincided with changing the show day from Saturday to Sunday. The new venue is The Scout Halls, South Avenue, Cults. The halls proved to be well suited to our needs and will give us something to build on in future years. Most of our local chrysanthemum growers were able to support the show although some regular exhibitors were missing on this occasion.
The Aberdeen Championship for Large blooms requires three vases of five blooms in three cultivars. This year only one entry from Ally Donald (Brechin). Ally was one of several growers who managed to 'double up', also showing at the Fife Garden Festival in Glenrothes on the same weekend. Ally's entry consisted of a fine set of large intermediate blooms including Lynn Johnson, Primrose Chessington and White Sally Duchess.
The Aberdeen Champion of Mediums class requires three vases of five blooms in 3 cultivars. This year the class was again very well supported with four excellent entries. First was Paul Barlow (Aberdeen) with Carlene Welby, Pink John Wingfield and John Wingfield. The vase of John Wingfield was judged to be the Best Vase of Chrysanthemums in the show and was awarded the National Society silver medal.This exhibit was judged as Best Exhibit in Show and awarded the Canadian Trophy. In second, third and fourth places respectively were Ian Gerrie, Stuartfield (John Harrison, Carlene Welby and John Harrison), Dave Macfarlane, Fraserburgh, (Carlene Welby, Pink John Wingfield and John Wingfield) and George Grant, Stuartfield, (Yellow John Wingfield, Pink John Wingfield and John Wingfield).
The Press and Journal Trophy class requires six vases of three blooms in at least four cultivars. Four entries this year with Paul Barlow awarded first place with his entry of Woolley Globe, Woolley Pride, John Harrison, Pink John Wingfield, Carlene Welby and John Wingfield. This last vase also collecting the NCS Bronze Medal for Best vase of three blooms in Show. In second place Werner Ley (Inverallochy) using John Wingfield (2), Yellow John Wingfield (2) Carlene Welby and John Harrison. Ally Donald was third, his entry consisted of Lynn Johnson, White Sally Duchess, Apricot Chessington and Salmon Chessington (3).
The Class for two vases of five blooms, one vase a large variety and one vase a medium variety, was won by Paul Barlow using Lynn Johnson and Yellow Gingernut. The vase of Lynn Johnson was awarded the trophy for the best vase outside the Championship classes.
In the spray classes Arthur Fisher (Sandhaven) won the class for three vases of Exhibition Sprays, Arthur used Primrose, Ruby and White Enbee Wedding. Donald Buchan (Aberdeen) was second with Enbee Wedding and Rose sport accompanied by a vase of Southway Strontium.
The multivase class for natural sprays was well supported with five entries, in first place Donald Buchan (Primrose, Salmon and Enbee Wedding, followed by Doug Stewart (Aberdeen) and Frank Boyne (Aberdeen) in second and third places.
In the local Growers class for three vases of three blooms Frank Boyne was successful with Carlene Welby, Woolley Globe and John Harrison. The Open class for three vases of three blooms was also won by Frank Boyne with Carlene Welby, Cornetto and Colossus. It's good to see Frank continuing his many years exhibiting despite failing eyesight.
A selection of photographs from the show:
The final show in the North East show calendar and a little down on entries this year. On the three vase class for mediums Ian Grant (Stuartfield) put up another set of Wingfields (white, yellow and pink) to take the red ticket. In the six vase class Werner Leye (Inverallochy) was successful, again with Wingfields. In the sprays Arthur Fisher (Sandhaven) used all Enbees ( peach. Bronze and Cherry) to win the class.
The NCS Silver Medal for Best vase was awarded to Arthur
Fisher for Peach Enbee wedding.
This is the second year for the Fife Garden Festival at the Rothes Halls, Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes, Fife. As mentioned last year this is a marvellous venture bringing together many local societies within one grand show. Societies include: The Fife & Kinross Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, Dunfermline Horticultural Society, East of Scotland Begonia Society, Fife and Dunfermline Fuschia Society, The National Vegetable Society, The Scottish Amateur Winemakers Society and many, many others. After the initial success last year the organisers and contributing societies made some notable improvements - particularly the creation of a separate staging area for exhibitors with a covered walkway into the exhibition hall, and in the hall itself more space between the tiered staging made a big difference.
Coming back to the Chrysanthemum results:
The Fife and Kinross Chrysanthemum Championship calls for three vases of five blooms in distinct cultivars, the winner of this class is awarded the J. Miller Trophy. In first place was last years runner up Tom Buchan from Fraserburgh, Tom's entry consisted of Emily Peace, Lynn Johnson and Primrose Chessington. Tom's vase of Emily Peace was judged to be Best Vase of Chrysanthemums in Show and received the NCS Bronze Medal. Runner up this year was last years winner Paul Barlow, with vases of John Wingfield, Yellow John Wingfield and Pink John Wingfield. Other entries in this class came from W. Martin (Primrose Chessington, Lynn Johnson, White Rachel Knowles) and Ally Donald (Lynn Johnson, White Sally Duchess and Sally Duchess).
Class 2 in the schedule is for six vases of five large blooms. Tom Buchan again taking the honours and the Barclay Shield with a fine exhibit that was also awarded the Best Chrysanthemum Exhibit in Show and received the NCS Silver Medal. The winner of the three vase class was Alex Black (Bridge of Earn) with vases of Fred Brocklehurst, Primrose Chessington, Primrose Rachel Knowles. David Tait (Dundee) was second.
In the class for six vases of five medium blooms Paul Barlow won the Centennial Shield for his entry of Pink John Wingfield, Carlene Welby(2), John Harrison (2) and Woolley Globe. In runner up spot in this class A Robertson (Leven) with an entry consisting of John Wingfield (2), Cornetto (2), Pink John Wingfield and Lorna Wood.
The class for three vases of five blooms, medium, was won by Hugh Barnett with a Wingfield set consisting of John Wingfield, Yellow John Wingfield, Pink John Wingfield. A Robertson was second in this class and placed first for his entry in the class for three vases of three blooms.
In the major class for six vases of five stems of Exhibition Sprays Hugh Barnett (Anstruther) was victorious, Hugh's entry contained vases of Primrose Enbee (2), Peach Enbee, Enbee Wedding, Yellow Oriel and Primrose Oriel. Other entries came from from J Pitcaithly (Grangemouth) using a full set of Enbee Wedding sports - White, Rose, Ruby, Primrose, Bronze and Peach.
In the three vase class for sprays Hugh Barnett completed a very successful show, winning the class with vases of Peach Enbee, Bronze Enbee and Yellow Oriel. I MacTavish came second in this class.
Another excellent show. Congratulations again to the organisers (Margaret Anderson and her excellent team of helpers) and the contributing societies.
A selection of pictures from the show:
A number of exhibitors decided to take their blooms to Grangemouth this year. The results of the chrysanthemum classes are as follows:
In the class for three vases of five blooms Tom Buchan came first from three entries. Tom used Lynn Johnson, Emily Peace and Yellow Courtier. The vase of Lynn Johnson was awarded Best vase in Show and the entry collected the Best Exhibit in Chrysanthemums award. In second place (making this a repeat of the Fife Garden Festival) was Paul Barlow, again using a full set of Wingfields - Yellow, Pink and the parent John Wingfield. In third place local grower Clayton Carlisle. Clayton used Venice and Rose Venice (relatively rare nowadays these two - except in Grangemouth it seems) along with John Wingfield.
Only one entry in the class for two vases of five blooms. Paul Barlow used John Wingfield and Lynn Johnson.
The class for three vases of three large blooms was very well contested with six entries. In first place Tom Stevenson with Yellow Courtier, Gold Courtier and Apricot Courtier. Second was Dave Scott using Gold Courtier, Apricot Courtier and Chessington. In third place Tom Buchan with vases of Rutland, Emily Peace and Lynn Johnson.
The class for three vases of three medium blooms was equally well contested, again six entries. The red ticket went to Dorothy Spencer (Dundee) with three Wingfields - Yellow, Pink and the parent John Wingfield. Second place went to Robert Jackson (Grangemouth) with Venice, Rose Venice and a superb vase of Pot Black - what a colour at this time of year! In third place Paul Barlow - Pink and Yellow John Wingfield plus Woolley Globe.
In the spray classes the main class is for six vases of five stems of exhibition sprays. Four entries in this class took up an entire side of the staging - fantastic blooms. In first place Eric Wilson (Penpont) finishing off another successful season. Eric's entry consisted of Hillsway Billy, Honey, Primrose and Peach Enbee Wedding, Southway Strontium and Southway Seraphim - a most unusual cultivar this last one - more like a late single. Excellent! In second place Hugh Barnett, Anstruther, with vases of Enbee Wedding (2) plus Honey, Peach and Primrose sports and Pennine Oriel. In third place A Innes, Grangemouth, using Enbee Wedding (2) and Bronze, Ruby, Honey and White sports.
In the three vase class for exhibition sprays Hugh Barnet was successful with Primrose, Honey and Peach Enbee Wedding. D Graham was second with Honey, White and Peach Enbee Wedding.
Conclusions - 1999 Early Shows
In Scotland the summer of 1999 came in two halves. In May and June it was relatively cool and wet, although nowhere near as wet as 1998. In July and the early part of August the temperatures soared and many early blooms (particularly the Chessington family) were found to be rotting inside the bloom bags.
Early indications from many growers suggested that 1998 would be an early year, and so it proved to a certain extent with many end of August shows benefiting from good entries in Chrysanthemum classes - not something these shows can normally rely on. But this is not the complete picture. In my garden there were some cultivars that seemed to stand still for about two weeks around the end of July. This proved to be be quite useful as these cultivars provided many of the blooms for the later September show.
Exhibits in all classifications maintained the high standards of previous years. The sprays deserve a particular mention with excellent multivase exhibits seen at all shows. The Enbee Wedding family continues to dominate the spray entries, this is no real surprise - they are simply the best spray cultivars we have right now.
In the large varieties the Chessington family (despite some early season problems) and Lynn Johnson, were again among the most popular exhibition cultivars, closely followed by the Courtier sports and Emily Peace.
In the mediums the John Wingfield family proved once again that they are the best medium refluxed available today. Although some growers suggested early season blooms were generally smaller than in previous years.
Woolley Globe, John Harrison and Carlene Welby stood out among the medium intermediates along with a few vases of Cornetto. However, if the National Society classification review supports the current proposal we will sadly lose Woolley Globe and John Harrison from the medium section as they may be reclassified to large. In the incurved section Lorna Wood continues to be the most consistent cultivar grown in Scotland.
On the show front the new venue for the Aberdeen Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society proved successful and gives the committee something to build on for next year and beyond.
Highlight of the early show season has to be the vase of Clapham Delight taking the Gold Medal award at Stirling this year. For a new cultivar in its' first year this is some achievement. This one will surely be in the plans of many growers of the large cultivars next year.
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Last updated on 26 December, 2001