LDGC Annual Flower and Produce Show



SECTION A - FLOWERS AND FRUIT - advice from Doris Smallwood


In any class name the variety of flower or especially fruit if it is not readily identifiable.


Roses generally -

Points are awarded for condition, size and colour.

Good foliage is a bonus. Sadly, there no points for scent!

Make sure blooms are good from the back and front, but do NOT pull off faded/marked/tatty outside petals - any good judge can detect the absence of a petal(s) because it (they) leave a gap in the overall circular shape of the flower

All roses should have a clear petal pattern (rows of petals in circles) and not a "muddled" centre.

Use shredded or screwed up newspaper to stuff in the front of the vase holding an individual, floribunda or collection of roses to make the bloom(s) stand up properly - the stewards should have a ready supply.


Roses, hybrid tea &/or large flowered, any cultivar(s), 3 blooms, 1 container

See comments above

Roses, floribunda and/or cluster flowered, 1 stem

See comments above

Floribunda - you are allowed to remove the central flower (the one that has opened first and is past its best when the other buds open, spoiling the overall effect)


Roses, any large flowered type, 1 specimen bloom

See comments above

You may cut off any unopened buds.


Roses, mixed blooms, any number, 1 bowl

See comments above

Only use your best blooms - not too far out or over.    

Greenery is permitted in the bowl, especially if it is immaculate rose foliage.

Use shredded or screwed up newspaper to stuff in the front of the bowl holding a collection of roses to make the blooms stand up properly - the stewards should have a ready supply.


Hydrangeas, 3 stems, 1 container

Three blooms of the same type should be entered eg three mophead, three lacecap etc

Points are awarded for quality of blooms - size isn't everything!  

The judge is looking for three almost identical blooms in size, stage of development and, to a lesser extent, colour. Therefore, one large and two small blooms or one in bud and two fully out blooms would not be highly regarded.


Dahlia, 1 specimen, any size, any cultivar

Dahlias, any cultivar(s), 3 blooms, 1 container

As with roses inspect blooms from back and front - disbud individual stems.

In pompom/cactus types you should not be able to view the centre of the flower

 

Mixed flowers, herbaceous and/or annuals, any number, 1 container

Vase should contain ONLY herbaceous and/or annuals and NOT flowering shrubs.  

Make sure everything is in tip-top condition.


Sweet Peas, mixed, 5 stems, 1 container


Geraniums or Pelargoniums, any cultivar(s), 3 stems, 1 container


Lily-type blooms, any kind(s), any number, 1 container


Any other flowers not mentioned in schedule, 1 container

Points are awarded for condition, size and colour - quality of blooms


Foliage only, 1 container

Anything goes! Remember this is not judged on arrangement.


Pot plant, in bloom or fruiting, max pot size 30 cm

Ensure that faded blooms are removed.

It may seem obvious but check that pot size is not more than 30cm!


Apples, 5, dessert, any cultivar, with stalks, 1 dish

Check these are not too big - the apple should fit in the palm of the hand

Should be displayed with the stalk facing down


Apples, 5, cooking, any cultivar, with stalks, 1 dish

Check these are not too small

Should be displayed with the stalk facing down

 

Berried fruit, 10 of any one kind with stalks, 1 dish

Includes currants?


Any other fruit


The heaviest apple, with stalk


Waterlily dahlia tuber shown in pot