Mossburn Flower Show blooms despite drought

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Mossburn Flower Show blooms despite drought

Neil Ralston was runner-up in the farm and produce section of the Mossburn Flower Show. In spite of drought and water restrictions in Mossburn residents produced excellent vegetables and flowers for the 67th Mossburn Community Flower show. Show secretary Jo Muir said there was an ample display of flowers and vegetables in good condition on Friday. “We had a very unusual situation this year with Marge Kalweit and Neil Ralston being first equal for most points in the show, sharing the Maple Memorial Cup, while Lindsay Muir was very close, just four points behind.” The Armstrong- Williams family ( left) Lyela ,7, Ryley, 3, Hope, 9, Seth,5, enjoyed making their winning entry in the themed team challenge ‘All Seasons’ with their Mossburn Market Produce stall entry at the Mossburn Flower Show. Ralston, who was runner-up in the farm produce and had most points in the cut flower section, said everything had flowered early because of the heat. “Water restrictions and the drought have slowed everything down with my carrots and potatoes being smaller than usual because of the dry soil and the heat. “I couldn’t get the beans and peas to grow this year with the dry ground, but it has been a good year for pumpkins and marrows as they like the heat.” Larger specimens like dahlias and gladiola flowered early this year but the roses were beautiful. Muir said the photography section was going from strength to strength but organisers would love to see more handcrafts, preserves and baking. Donated vegetables from the entries were sold while the flowers were made in to bouquets and delivered to older people around town. “There was an active team which helped set up and clean up while all the volunteers, stewards and judges worked hard to make the show a success with a wonderful community spirit.” – Stuff