Flower power was on full show in Glenrothes at the weekend with Rothes Halls being turned into a floral carpet for Fife Fuchsia Society’s annual show.
Specialist flower growers and budding fuchsia enthusiasts from across Scotland came to the new town to display their their finest shrubs and plants and in the process provided townsfolk with a riot of colour.
Aside from the serious business of rearing competition standard plants, the show was a chance for the many novice growers and enthusiasts to get together and share stories and tips.
And with increased audience numbers, organisers said the annual show, now in its sixth year, is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Club chairman Bert Cochrane was quick to praise the standard of fuchsia and begonia plants on display this time round.
“This year’s Best in Show winner was a real humdinger,” said Bert.
“I saw the same display last week at a show in Perth and while an excellent display there were still many buds that had yet to open and knowing it was also to be included in the Fife show I said then that it’d take something quite spectacular to beat it.
“And a week had made all the difference as this weekend all the flowers had opened , it was a fantastic specimen, a real dream fuchsia and a worthy winner.”
The winning breed of plant also raised a few eyebrows as Bert explained: “The type of plant that won best overall was an older, more established breed called ‘Jack Shahan’ which is probably not one of the more favoured types these days, but with a show like this one, growers are sure to be giving it a bit more respect in the future, that’s for sure.”
While the show was a chance for growers of all abilities to show their carefully and lovingly nurtured plants, competition is a serious business with British Fuchsia Society judge Richard Knight on hand to oversee adjudication.
With the show now over for another year, the Society now looks forward to it’s monthly meetings featuring guest speakers and the occasional masterclass for growers.
nFor more information how to grow fuchsia and future events visit the website at www.fifefuchsias.org.uk.