It is always a little sad as you take down the Auricula theatre for the year.
However, I don’t think the auricula are sad. By mid-May they enjoy the move to a shady cooler place, and it gives us the chance to do the satisfying job of returning everything to alphabetical order and filling in gaps.
Ah if only life were always that simple.Looking back, what were the stars of the show this year?
Well amazingly, the greens and the white edged. That’s right, the most difficult put on the best show.
It is an odd business but every year the show stoppers are different.
The spot light is regularly on gold centred alpines, Rodeo and Snooty Fox and Merridale are all so bright as to startle.
In recent years some of the doubles have also been very popular.Like Mary and Gwen Baker, Fred Booley and Excalibur.
And then there are the Stripes and Fancies. Fancies are just those flowers no one can quite classify. Look at Lord Saye en Sele and Nantenan.
|Lord Saye en Sele|
Finally this year some of the old favourite Border varieties were just wonderful.I have never seen Old Irish Scented looking so well; Paradise Yellow flowered outstandingly for a month and Chamois and Bradmore Bluebell were beautiful enough to inspire poetry.
|Old Irish Scented|
Finally we had one late flowering new Border, Cloudy Bay. Astonishing.It brings to mind all of that imagery of New Zealand wine and scenery.
Looking forward now to our next holiday and next years Theatre.Margaret