The Tyte family, Uplyme’s Reverend Gavin and daughters Rowena (12) and Gemma (14), were busy among the broad beans this week in preparation for the Horticultural Society’s Summer Show on Saturday July 20.
Not that broad beans are their only garden crop, cabbages, runner beans, strawberries, rocket and chillies could all provide the elusive winner’s award. But no decisions on which ones to enter are being made until the Wednesday before the show, the last date for entry, July 17.
The vicar is no newcomer to Horticultural Society competition – he beat River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s entry to first place in the ‘Crudité’ class two years ago – and this year is contemplating what ingredients might make ‘Three Good Things on a Plate’, another class that relies on taste rather than appearance.
The girls’ strategy for winning seems to be based on quantity – entering as many of the ‘Age 12 to 14’ creative and cooking classes as they can, plus taking a shot at the Young Gardeners Award with its River Cottage prizes.
And Whispa, the Tyte’s labrador, will not be staying at home on show day, Rowena plans to enter her in the family dog show – certainly in the ‘Most Appealing Eyes’ class.
To see how you might compete, download the Summer Show schedule 2013 which contains a full list of classes that you can enter as well as notes on awards, judges, recipes and an entry form. If you need extra entry forms download an Entry form 2013. Or you can obtain a free printed copy of the schedule at Uplyme Post Office, Raymonds Hill Post Office and Ginger Beer in Lyme Regis.
pictures Carole Halden