Hayling’s finest buds on show to the community and its keen growers

YOUNG BLOOD  Louis King, 13, left, and Sam Brum, 13, who were helping at the show.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (112268-1808)
YOUNG BLOOD Louis King, 13, left, and Sam Brum, 13, who were helping at the show. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112268-1808)

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LOVELY blooms and plump berries dazzled visitors at the Haying Island Horticultural Society’s summer show.

The exhibit in the island’s Community Centre, on Station Road, on Saturday staged competitions for the finest roses, sweet peas, flowers, pot plants, fruit, vegetables, cacti, and hanging baskets.

SWEET Judge Barry Moore looks at an entry in the 'Top Five Rose Blooms' category. The centre of the three pink roses is 'Wimi' and the National Rose Society Medal for Best Rose Bloom in Show was awarded to Mike Potts of Cowplain for this rose head.    (112268-1799)

SWEET Judge Barry Moore looks at an entry in the 'Top Five Rose Blooms' category. The centre of the three pink roses is 'Wimi' and the National Rose Society Medal for Best Rose Bloom in Show was awarded to Mike Potts of Cowplain for this rose head. (112268-1799)

There was also a range of non-horticultural awards including handicrafts, cookery, photography, floral art and junior classes including potatoes in a bucket.

It takes a team of around 100 people to put the show together and its manager, Ray Jones, said he was really pleased with the outcome this year.

He said: ‘The weather’s been a bit iffy in the past few weeks so we weren’t sure how that was going to affect the show, but the standard has been really high and there’s a lot more entries than last year which is great.’

The society was helped with setting up and judging by two budding growers, Louis King, 13, of Fathoms Reach, and Sam Brum, 13, of Kings Road.

The pair have been growing their own vegetables at Hayling College and hope to enter a pumpkin into the next show in the autumn.

After shadowing the judges Louis said: ‘It’s been great fun and really inspired me to grow my own veg in the future.’

Sam added: ‘And we’ve got some good tips which should help us with our own entry.’