After a two-year hiatus, courtesy of the pandemic, the Southport Flower Show was back in style for its 91st year. This northern show has something for everyone – even well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. For those who couldn’t make it, here are some of my pictures:
The Southport Flower show is a great place for organisations to let us see what they do best. Bridge Inn Farm of Formby provides training in horticulture, agriculture and caring for animals for students who need extra help with learning. I loved their website’s description of how the art department ‘encourages students from all levels of ability to participate in a bewilderment of different media and approaches’.
In a world of bad news, it made my heart sing to read about their work which includes the EDDA community library, ‘rescued’ from closure due to Sefton Council’s budget cuts.
A wide range of specialist nurseries and plant societies have interesting novelties on display as well as old and dependable favourites.
I enjoy seeing the plant combinations too.
But my favourite part of the show is always the Floral Arts Marquee. I shared a teaser of this prize-winning design in my last post but thought a less impressionistic picture was merited.
I’m sure I’ll be tempted back to the Floral Arts section of the show in future posts, but here are a few details that caught my eye.
I was intrigued by this double Lisianthus (also known as Eustoma) with the burgundy-red veining. After some research, I found out that this is Lisianthus ‘Alissa Beau Bordeaux’ made using Lisianthus ‘Alissa White’ that has been organically dyed. I’m guessing that this is done by absorption: leaving the cut flowers to soak up water that has a dye added to it. I’ve never been keen on dyed flowers, but I loved this one when I saw it, giving me a quandary. Should the way a flower has been produced alter the pleasure we take in it?
Other attractions included the chance to shop for garden tools and ornaments; to see live birds of prey and farm animals; home-grown fruits, vegetables and flowers; baking and preserving competitions; music including Wigan’s ukulele band; and lots of very tempting food. If you’re there for Ladies’ Day, you can even marvel at hundreds of floral print dresses, modelled by showgoers.
So there you have it – inspirational, thought-provoking, good-spirited Southport Flower Show is over for another year. The organisers will be heaving a sigh of relief that it was so successful. It was good to see people out in the sunshine, enjoying themselves.
I hope you enjoyed it too!