Saturday Morning July 16th.
I refuse to be a doping cheat. My shallots are going to be baby talc free in The Lee Village Flower Show Vegetable Class 23 Open Section today. I am no drug cheat, although talc is still used to buff up most bulbs.
The weather has been rotten for the show today, but my shallots have been entered and staged in a tent that hopefully has not blown away in the gales. I am slightly concerned that I will be marked down on uniformity compared to the ones I see on the net – the ones I have exhibited look proper rubbish. I only entered the shallot class very last minute as my spuds were so poor this year.
We go back to find I have nailed not only the Visitors Veg section, winning the 1st prize of £1 and a certificate with RED type but I have scooped the Visitors Cup (by default, but a win is a win!). The cup is a huge lump of silver wear and looks the doggies swingers! I am stunned! Rather unfortunate choice of T-shirt too as I go up to receive my award.
A small step in the preparation for the veg show in Aylesbury in September.
It has been held back by halo blight breaking out in the climbing french beans.