This year we would like to build on the idea of a virtual show that we had last year, but make it a bit bigger and more of a competition. Obviously, we can only judge photographs of your entries but it will be lovely to see what is growing in everyone’s gardens. Entries need to be uploaded directly to our website and we will explain how to do this once this once details have been finalised. We will not judge to our normal rules as it is just for a bit of fun so we will award certificates to the first, second and third placed in each class. For some classes the flowers will need to be picked, but for others we are happy for you to photograph them in situ, in your garden. We are not judging the quality of the photograph, just the plants or flower.
Class 1 – pot of members’ bulbs ‘Narcissus Anniversary Gift’ (photographed still growing in the pot they are planted in)
Class 2 – a vase/container of mixed daffodils (any number)
Class 3 – a vase/container of mixed spring flowers
Class 4 – a flowering shrub (picked or in situ)
Class 5 – a bowl or pot of spring bulbs or flowers (photographed growing in the pot they are planted in)
Class 6 – one flowering or foliage houseplant
Class 7 – daffodil with the longest stem (to be photographed next to a ruler or tape measure to indicate length in cms)
Hope everyone is keeping well and has enjoyed the lovely weather that we have had recently. Just to keep everyone updated regarding membership and what the Society plans to do over the next few months. As our membership year was brought to an early end and the shows and trips had to be cancelled, we thought it only fair to roll over 2019/2020 membership into the new horticultural year. Therefore if you are already a member, you membership will be automatically renewed for our new horticultural year which begins on 1st September.
At this stage we do not feel that it is safe to book speakers for our usual winter programme of talks, but plan to provisionally book some from January 2021 in the hope that it may be possible then. We also intend to rebook the coach trips that we had planned in the hope that these can run in 2021. Our Autumn Festival will not be able to go ahead, like the Summer Show, but we do plan to hold some virtual events and will keep you posted. The AGM will be deferred but we will still run the discounted seed order scheme and will circulate the catalogues in the autumn.
We would like to thank everyone who supported our annual plant sale and those who grew sunflowers and planted them out in front gardens and pots. Our gardens have brought us all great pleasure over the last few difficult months and I am confident, will continue to in our new horticultural year.
If you would like more details or to join us as new member, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Unfortunately this year’s Summer Show has had to be cancelled, in line with Government guidance and social distancing rules. However, we would still love to create a sunflower trail around Lowdham village this summer, building on the work that Angela Granfield has been doing over the past couple of years. Earlier this spring, we planted a variety of sunflowers called Teddy Bear which we have recently been planting and distributing around the village. We ask that if possible, you plant sunflowers out in your front gardens so that people walking by get to enjoy them too. The ‘Salt and Light Community Group’ have also given out hundreds of sunflower seeds for people to grow, so we know that a lot of people are already doing this.
Please join us in brightening up Lowdham together and helping to make everyone smile.