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This Show was staged in a marquee at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley, Surrey on 21st / 23rd June 2005 as part of the RHS Early Summer Flower Show


Click on the appropriate section IN THIS LIST to see pictures of some prize-winning entries.


Weather conditions during the spring resulted in slow plant development in many areas and the Show Secretary must have worried about the number of entries there would be for a Show at such a relatively early date. A sudden spurt in growth in late May and June ensured that delphiniums came to flower at just the right time in many gardens in South east England, although by then some gardeners were worrying about a water shortage and hosepipe bans. In our own garden, no delphiniums were sufficiently far out even to consider making an entry! However, there were sufficient entries to provide a colourful display in the Wisley Marquee.


This account is based on a short visit to the Show during the afternoon of the first day, after attending the meeting of the RHS Delphinium Committee to assess the Delphinium Trial. Although it was a warm sunny day and quite hot inside the marquee, it was disappointing to find that by mid afternoon quite a few blooms were badly wilted and not a pretty sight. The names of exhibitors were not recorded when the photographs were taken. This record of the Show will be amended when a list of prize winners is obtained.


Class 1: Four spikes. Two entries. The award for the 'Best Spike in Show' was given to a bloom of 'Min' in one sets consisting of two blooms of 'Min' and two of a white cultivar, probably 'Olive Poppleton'. The other set consisted of 'Gordon Forsyth' flanked by darker blooms of 'Bruce' and 'Purple Velvet' (?) but the blooms were not well matched in size.
Class 2: Two spikes, light. Four entries including lovely blooms of 'Emily Hawkins' (left-hand picture below) and 'Min' (right-hand picture)
Class 3: Two spikes, dark. Three entries, including a pair of blooms of 'Mighty Atom' left-hand picture), a cultivar that has seldom been seen Society's Shows in recent years. There was also a nice set of blooms of 'Summerfield Oberon'.
Class 4: One spike, light. Four entries seen in the left-hand picture below. The left-hand bloom of 'Carol Fishenden' looks of better quality than the adjacent spikes of 'Gertrude Sahin', Emily Hawkins' and 'Spindrift'

Class5: One spike, dark. Five entries in a wide range of colours seen in the right-hand picture below, with one of the purples having wilted beyond recovery on the first afternoon.

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Class 6: Two spikes, pink. There was only one entry of a pair of evenly matched blooms of 'Lucia Sahin' seen in the left-hand picture below. There were three entries in Class7: One spike, pink. Two of these blooms are seen in the right-hand picture below.
Class 9: Three spikes. Total height must not exceed 1.07m (3.5 ft). Two entries here, one vase included three blooms of the same cultivar, while blooms in the other vase were of distinctly different colour.
No pictures were recorded for Class 8: One spike, cream or Class 10: One spike & six florets.
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The only entry in Class 11: Three spikes, distinct, seen below included a nice creamy white bloom.
Class 12: Two spikes, distinct. There were three entries in this class, two being seen in the left-hand picture below. The third set appeared to be of the same cultivar and may have been disqualified. The large bloom of a pink seedling, seen in the right-hand picture below took the first prize in Class 13: One spike .
Class 14: One spike white. The white seedling with a black eye in the left-hand picture below was placed first, with the small pure white on the left being seond. The tall but gappy central bloom was third.

Class 15: One spike, pink. The First prize here was awarded to the large but rather immature bloom at the centre of the right hand picture. The bloom to the left was second and the right hand bloom third.

Class 16: Six florets, distinct. No pictures taken
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Class 17: Two spikes, blue. Three entries in this class, seen in the left-hand picture below. First prize went to the bloom of 'Carol Fishenden', pale blue with dark eye, paired with a darker blue in the centre of the group. Their exhibitor also won the first prize in Class 18: One spike, light blue, again with a bloom of 'Carol Fishenden', and in Class 19: One spike, dark blue with a better bloom of the darker blue. The blooms in these classes are seen in the right-hand picture,


There were very few entries in these classes for white flowers, with just one entry in Class 20: Two spikes white, any cultivar or cultivars, seen in the left-hand picture below, and only two entries in Class 21: One spike white with white eye, and Class 22: One spike white with coloured eye, seen in the right-hand picture. These blooms were mostly looking very jaded in the afternoon heat.


The pictures below show a few of the entries in the floret classes. The two on the left were in Class 25: Six florets, not more than three or less than two distinct cultivars. The set on the right was in Class 26: Six florets,seedlings, not less than two distinct cultivars.
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Intermediate classes restricted to exhibitors who have not previously won a first prize in any of the open classes 1-27.

Two entries, with the enormous but immature blooms of 'Gordon Forsyth' dominating everything around them.

Section G: Restricted to Novices

There were three commendable entries in Class 33: Two spikes, any cultivar, and four entries in Class 34: One spike, light, seen in the right-hand picture.
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We would like to end this report by thanking the Show Secretary, John Tombleson and Keith Boxall for organising the entries, setting out the benches and sorting out the problems that arose. Thanks are also due to the other Society Members who organised the flower displays at the ends of the Show benches and manned the Society Stand throughout the three days of the Show

The Show could not have been so successful without the cooperation of the Staff of the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden, who we thank.

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