Blooms bring sun on a cloudy Uckfield day

UDHS members Anna Sherwood, Margaret Cornford and Dorothy Sparks by Ron Hill
UDHS members Anna Sherwood, Margaret Cornford and Dorothy Sparks by Ron Hill
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Colourful displays of flowers and vegetables brightened a dull Saturday for visitors to the Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Summer Show at the Weald Hall.

Spokeswoman Dorothy Sparks said: “This growing year has been another unusual one. There was a very long cold winter, with plants having a late start, and then the very dry hot period, resulting in some varieties of plants being late in flowering.

At least the hosepipe ban has been lifted, which made watering easier when it was necessary. The past few days of rain has not helped the flowers as these get rain damaged. But as always gardeners overcome these obstacles and produce the most wonderful produce and flowers.”

There were some beautifully colourful geraniums, begonias, and other pot plants, together with gladioli and hydrangeas. The vegetable section was well represented with runner beans winning the best exhibit. Tomatoes on the vine were a popular class as was a selection of herbs. Domestic and handicraft sections were well supported with some stunning entries.

Dorothy said: “We have very talented people in Uckfield. We were pleased to welcome several new exhibitors.”

There was a steady flow of visitors throughout the afternoon when the show opened to the public free of charge. The tombola and the sales table of plants were popular with visitors.

President George Dade presented the prizes. He thanked everyone for exhibiting in another difficult year and the committee and members for all the hard work they had put in to make the show such a success.

The society’s next monthly meeting is on Monday, September 9 at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre, with a talk and slide show by Sue Buckingham called My Patch. Everyone is welcome - visitors £3.