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The Scottish Begonia Society National Show
Ayr  2011

   Phil Champion travelled over 400 miles from his home near Reading to the Show.
He sent the following report and pictures of the magnificent exhibits.

   My trip to Ayr was organised early in the year, even before I was asked to record my year for the diary. At the time I would try to grow a few blooms to take to Ayr, my thoughts were if I'm driving that far might as well have a go. My objective was to gain more knowledge and to me the best way to gain knowledge is early in the morning at a show. A good chat whilst people are staging their exhibits & while waiting for the judges decision. Its also a good time to watch how to put together & stage a good board.
    I was amazed how helpful everyone was to each other from helping to carry boxes of blooms to even lifting & moving blooms around, what would happen if someone dropped a bloom or even worse a box of blooms I'd hate to think. Looking at this first picture (A) you would believe this being Jim Mihulka staging his booms assisted by Davy Nimmo and watched by Ian Donaldson (calls himself a novice). You would be wrong this is in fact Ian Donaldson's board. Kennedy McQuiston, Bert Nelson, Davy Nimmo & Jim Mihulka their boards were already up and ready. Next to arrive was Drew Sommervile & John Irvine, last to arrive was John Hamilton explaining to everyone that he didn't have much to offer, the fact it was a bad growing year. (how many times have we heard that one) .
   Pictured are a selection of 12 boards ending with John Hamilton's winning board. (B,C,D,E & F). My 6 board was up & ready (G), again I felt my blooms were not out of place but at least I had staged some blooms. The blooms of Tom Brownlee grown by Kennedy McQuiston were exceptional (H). Jim Mihulka, hats off to this man getting 15 big pots to the show winning both 9 & 6 pot (I). Allan Walkinshaw (J) was another pot plant grower who must be given credit, I just hope the video is not on utube. This man will not need an introduction on growing pots Bert Weir (K & L) what a gent, this bloom of Apricot Delight (M) on one of his pots I drooled over.


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