April saw two more flower shows and a wealth of prizes. At the Cornwall garden societies spring show we put all our eggs in one basket and only entered class 1 (traditionally known as “The Five Foot Run”). This class consists of ‘An unrestricted collection of outdoor hardwood ornamental trees, shrubs or climbers…’ First place and the “Rosemary Cobbald-sawle cup” for our efforts was as good as it gets.

Two weeks later and like the early Camellia show we were competing at the RHS main Rhododendron show for the first time in over 50 years. Held at RHS Rosemoor we picked too much, entered too much but the results were well worth it. The Mclaren challenge cup for species Rhododendron last won by George Johnstone in 1937, quite an achievement and one we are really proud of.

In June we went in a slightly different direction at the Royal Cornwall show in that we entered the flower show section and not a trade stand/show garden. This proved to be an excellent decision with us winning the Treseders cup for most points in the foliage class.