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Title: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on March 22, 2008, 08:32:20 PM
A fun day today at the Stirling Show in Dunblane. Congratulations to those members working so hard to make it a great day for all the visitors.
I am perhaps the world's worst photographer with my little digital number... so I crave your indulgence of my wobbly shots  :-[ :-\ :-X :-[
Cyril Lafong had a really successful day, winning just a bout everything with a selection of super plants... sadly, these were so popular I hardly got near them after judging and so, I can't belive I'm having to admit this... I haven't a photo of the Forrest Medal Plant!  :o :-[
For the record, it was a pan of Trillium rivale 'Purple Heart' and was fresh as the proverbial daisy.
I do have a pic of Cyril, though, here in conversation with Jim Paterson, with Jean Wyliie whizzing past  in the background.
Pic two is of Jean daughters, Karen and Susie, who were working hard in the kitchen... until I came to interrupt them. Their cute assorted children were helping out, too.
Susie has just become and SRGC member  again, after her childhood membership days, and entered a lovely pot of Erythronium dens canis in the show.
Third pic is of Anne Chambers, holding  the print of her Cyclamen painting, (also won by Cyril! !) which is the  special SRGC 75th Jubilee prize at all our shows this year.
Pic 4 is truly awful pic of the plant which won the Jubilee prize for Cyril, best plant in a 6 inch pot.... Fritillaria crassifolia ssp. poluninii........shame on me for this photo because the plant was an absolute corker! Loved it!
Pic fiv is of some of the judges, signing the certificates: nearest the camera, Sam Sutherland, leaning down to sign, Cathy Caudwell, John Lee and the Gandalf lookalike is Barry Caudwell. Ian and I were also judging.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Lvandelft on March 22, 2008, 08:58:20 PM
Must ave been an interesting, nice and busy day, Maggi?

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I haven't a photo of the Forrest Medal Plant!   
 
And you missed the "Prima Vera" too.  :( :(    :-[
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on March 22, 2008, 09:04:21 PM
It was a most enjoyable day, Luit, but yes, we have missed the Prima Vera.... who was first to San Remo?
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Lvandelft on March 22, 2008, 09:18:10 PM
After an enormous jump, appr. 500 m before finish: Fabian Casardelli.
Very exciting !   :D :D  8)
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on March 22, 2008, 09:27:27 PM
Casardelli?  :-\  Is it Fabian Cancellara, the Swiss of Team CSC??
Was Erik Zabel racing.... I like him. What about Cipollini... they said some weeks ago that he was riding again and that he would ride the Milan - San Remo ?? ???
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on March 22, 2008, 10:07:03 PM
I have some pics, including the Forest medal plant, but it will have to wait. Lucy's 9 tomorrow and the house is still a tip, so not had time to edit pics on Vivienne's computer.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on March 22, 2008, 10:14:23 PM
Oh! Happy Birthday , Lucy! [attach=1]
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Lvandelft on March 22, 2008, 10:56:47 PM
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Is it Fabian Cancellara, the Swiss of Team CSC??
Yes ofcourse Maggi, I must have been too excited but Fabian it was... :-[ :-[ ::)

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Was Erik Zabel racing.... I like him.
Yes he was still in the frontlines at the finale.
He is very sympathic. And after 300 Km. it is only for the strongest having a chance on winning.
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What about Cipollini...
Mario was not there today.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on March 23, 2008, 12:51:27 AM
Here's some pics from the show. First some general views, the three pics of Cyril Lafong's Forest Medal winning Trillium rivale 'Purple heart', Tecophilia cyanocrocus leichtlinii 'Stormcloud' and a fabulous Viola columnaris.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on March 23, 2008, 01:10:39 AM
Here's another selection: Ian and Cyril notice that a member of the public has wandered in by mistake. ::)
Tecophilias, Callianthemum kernerianmu, Fritillaria eduardii and F. raddeana, which Graeme Buttler said had grown 6" during the show! :o
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: ChrisB on March 23, 2008, 10:54:29 AM
Some super shots there.  Cyril is certainly the man to beat!  And did I spot a shot of Gill, our brave and fearless leader of the North Northumberland Group?  She said she was going....

Wish I could have been there, though I'm sure some of the exhibits will be wending their way down to Hexham next Saturday.  Looks like a really great show.  Congrats to everyone!
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Paddy Tobin on March 23, 2008, 01:24:15 PM
Goodness, Anthony,

That Tecophilia 'Stormcloud' and Trillium rivale 'Purple Heart' are absolutely outstanding plants. In truth, I am not surprised. I have seen plants grown by Cyril previously(on this forum, not in the flesh) and he certainly has a masterful talent for producing plants of great health and beauty. It is always a pleasure to view them.

Great photographs, Anthony.

Many thanks, Paddy
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on March 23, 2008, 11:33:36 PM
Oh! Happy Birthday , Lucy!

Thanks Maggi. Lucy's had a great day. Loads of chocolate! :P
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Ian Y on March 24, 2008, 10:20:39 AM
Thanks for the pictures Anthony, I had intended to take lots of pictures but never managed to get any - to much chatting - must do better in future.
The big pot of tecophilaea you show is not  'Stormcloud' it is T. leichtlinii.
Cyril did have a small pot of Tecophilaea 'Stormcloud'  on the bench which is a cross between leichtlinii and violaceae and has a large white centre and a purple-ish blue colour towards the end of the petals.
Fred Hunt also showed a pot labeled 'Storm Cloud' but it was 'Craigton Cloud' which is a selection from leichtlinii.
Watch out for this weeks bulb log which will feature tecophilaea
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on March 24, 2008, 12:02:43 PM
Thanks Ian. I have a pot labelled 'Stormcloud' in the greenhouse, but I must have transposed the label because it is definitely 'Violacea'.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on March 24, 2008, 01:47:13 PM
Anthony, I was interested in the differences in flower in the spikes of your pot of Robinson's Barley Water..... also known as  Barlia robertiana.... could you take closeups and post, please?? ??? 8)
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: ChrisB on March 24, 2008, 03:16:45 PM
What a tease you are Maggi! ::)
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on March 24, 2008, 05:16:22 PM
Your wish is my command Maggi. Two pics of Barlia robertiana.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on March 24, 2008, 05:22:38 PM
Thanks, Anthony. I thought I was correct in thinking that the flowers are really quite different. Are all your tubers from the same source?
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on March 25, 2008, 09:25:43 AM
They are from Crete but not a clone. Apparently they grow in great numbers and are very variable there but I've never seen them in the wild.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Tony Willis on March 25, 2008, 11:21:14 PM
They grow over a wide area of the Med and are very variable in colour through greenish to reddish but always muddy colours.I think they are very attractive and here are two colour forms that I grow.
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2008, 10:20:44 AM
I am delighted to see these super pix which illustrate the variation of the Barlia/Himantoglossum flowers. Each one with subtle differences and still beautiful. 

For myself, I am going to stick with the "Robinson's Barley Water" name, 'cos I like it ! ;)
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Paddy Tobin on May 10, 2008, 09:55:36 PM
Anthony Darby, You lucky dog, you!

How I would love to have a show like that on my doorstep. This was an exhibition of extraordinary flowers. Did I not read the other day that Cyril Lafong had been quite ill? I have never met Cyril, never seen one of his plants 'in person' but the thought struck me this afternoon (as I was power-washing the drive in the rain) that should he ever unfortunately depart I would miss his plants greatly. Thanks to the SRGC website I have come to know of him and his outstanding plants. He really has set an extraordinarily high standard of plant growing and showing. This internet has made the world a very accessible place and Cyril Lafong and the other exhibitors come into my living room where I can enjoy their plants, even if it is at a distance.

Great report from Sandy, really enjoyed it. Many thanks, Sandy.

Paddy
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Maggi Young on May 10, 2008, 10:05:54 PM
Paddy, Cyril has not ben too well of late but has recently undergone a complicated procedure which it is hoped will restore him to full fitness.... heaven help the rest of us then since he has been producing these great plants when only firing on a couple of cylinders.... imagine what they will look like when he is REALLY healthy!!  ;) :o
My thanks, too, Sandy for his inimitable reporting... one of the real highlights of my SRGC reading!!
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Anthony Darby on May 12, 2008, 11:37:09 AM
Yes Paddy, we are really lucky as we now have TWO shows in Dunblane. We have not only to thank Sandy for the report, but he is also responsible for the running of the 'Stirling' show. We are not too far from Edinburgh or Glasgow airports either, if you ever feel like visiting the shows?
Title: Re: Dunblane Show 2008
Post by: Paddy Tobin on May 12, 2008, 11:48:30 AM
Anthony,

I don't know if I am such an enthusiast as to travel such a distance even to such good shows. I am rather a stay-at-home gardener who reads a lot and admires the photograph posted on this site. However, I do see the attraction of these shows and was very disappointed that I didn't manage to get to the Dublin show this year but this is because I missed the opportunity to meet people whom I knew would be there. The shows near you are certainly a great benefit for you. Enjoy - and post the photographs!

Paddy