THE WELSH TRIALS AT PENCOED COLLEGE 2004
I was sent the results of the 2004 Welsh trials on the 15th of October by Eric Payne, and I almost disbelieved it is now the 10th of December. My gran told me once, each ten years goes twice as fast as the ten previous, and now I know what she was talking about. First could I say what a joy it has been to sample the photographs of all the cultivars in the Welsh trials? I think the standard of the British breeders is going through the roof, there are several mouth watering varieties, (much better description than cultivars, but donít tell the botanists) to try out in the coming years. The name Godsmark springs to mind, although as I said, all of our breeders are producing fantastic new seedlings. Donít let anyone tell you that the British Isles isnít the place to be, when it comes to breeding new dahlias. It really is an exciting time as new untested flowers make their self known. It is such a pity we canít get more youngsters interested in our passion. We lead the World in exhibiting these wonderful flowers, but canít devise a way to increase our membership; we want a monthly slot on the television, thatís what we want, instead of all these makeovers. Now for my second year, of spouting about the Pencoed College dahlia trials. Are you in for a treat, there are some crackers on show, and thatís not just the winners. Might I say before I start this report, it is an opinion I have formed through looking at the photographs, and reading the various snippets on the Internet, and in the garden press. Unlike the judges I have not had the benefit of seeing these wonderful blooms at the trials. So judges accept my apologies in advance, because to do a report that is forever praising and never questioning is not a true report.
So here goes, in order of importance,
according to our judges.
Medium Decorative. Raised and sent by Eric Thompson from Rockcliffe Flint.
What a belter, this young flower has form in quantity, each petal opening to make a completely round bloom, Iíd love to know the dimensions, but perhaps next year this could be possible. Another thing that not all raisers do is to give a rough idea of how many flowers a plant can carry, the facilities are there so why not use them. The flower on the right is a seedling of mine called Argyle Strawberry, the form is very similar don't you think?
Small Ball. Raised by M. S. Johnson from Crediton
Devon. sent by Mr & Mrs R. Porter.
You just know this flower will justify its existence, another very young bloom, retaining all its colour, example of a good medium beating a good small, I think itís a doubtful ball, but hard to say at this stage of development.
Collerette. Entered by Mr. Stan Hall of Heddon.
I think Stan Hall raised this one, but donít quote me `cos Iím not certain, I would have liked to have seen the flower a little younger to see if the outer petals had been flatter, colour wise itís outstanding, the floral arrangers are going to love it. I should imagine this will be in Halls catalogue this year. This is a shot from a plant that was growing in a five inch pot in my greenhouse for breeding purposes, it replaces the one that was here earlier.