Report from the Spring Flower Show - 16th March 2019
Well there wasn’t snow this year but with Storm Freya at the beginning of March and Storm Gareth in the days leading up to the Show it didn’t seem likely that it would be possible for the gardeners of Porlock Vale and beyond to enter anything into the floral classes that didn’t look weather-beaten – literally! And the glorious weather in February had brought so many Spring flowers out early that even without the battering from wind and rain it was probable that the number of entries would be down.
But, in true indomitable style, gardeners came up trumps and managed to put on a wonderful Show of daffodils, hellebores and many other lovely spring flowers. Even better was that those who had been deterred by the weather had clearly spent time in the kitchen instead and the cookery benches were groaning under the weight of cakes, scones, bread, pies, jams, preserves and homemade drinks!
The children of St Dubricius School always participate with a display of artwork and this year was particularly colourful with model butterflies from the nursery class, the Very Hungry Caterpillar from Class 1, a picture of a jug of daffodils from Class 2 and robot models from Class 3. They were a great attraction in the afternoon! There were also a record number of entries in the other Children’s Section – Horticulture, Handicrafts and Cookery – with the entrants displaying a lot of imagination with their potato-bodied animals, collages and Easter nests.
The Decorative Section also needs imagination and with classes that featured a hat, feathers, and the start of Spring the entrants must have been challenged by the conditions prevailing outside! But, as always, the quality of the displays and the different interpretations made for a lovely exhibition.
The Show opened to the public in the afternoon and the Village Hall buzzed with admiring comments, helped along by homemade refreshments, raffle, book stall and plant sales. The Show culminated with a presentation of cups and trophies this year presented by Peter Day who has been associated with Porlock Horticultural and Crafts Society for over 30 years.
The committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the Show for being so supportive and making it all possible, and also everyone who helped with the setting up and taking down – many hands really do make light work! Hopefully the weather will be a little kinder in the next few months as we gear up towards the Summer Show in July!