An early start on Saturday morning although not as early as John from Exbury and Harvey from the Savill Gardens who both had been up since 4 am.
I had the Rh irroratum 'Polka Dot' in near perfect condition as well as another piece of
Rh lutescens with me. Some rearranging needed to be done, labels checked and the 'Polka
Dot' to be put in a vase and then time for a much needed breakfast whilst the judging is going on.
Daughter Alice joined me and we joined a group of fellow competitors for a chat. We all agreed
it wasn't the best year especially for those showing magnolias.
|A good display of hybrid Rhododendrons|
Judging over and some nice surprises. Very pleased with third prize in the four vases class, Exbury had a well deserved first. In the Rhododendron classes Polka Dot had a first as did Rh. cilpenense and Rh. macabeanum x montroseanum.
|Class for four vases of trees or shrubs in bloom of different genera|
|Rh. irroratum 'Polka Dot'|
South East Area. A good day and very enjoyable. Alice and I had time for a walk round
RHS Wisley before heading for home. We will be back for the Rhododendron Centenary weekend on 7th/8th May.