'Dickie’s big one' retains its title

WHEN the rush of the holidays is over, it is time for Herm’s residents to get together for the annual gardeners’ barbecue.

There were prizes as well as plenty of food and drink at Herm’s traditional ‘end of season’ show.
There were prizes as well as plenty of food and drink at Herm’s traditional ‘end of season’ show.

WHEN the rush of the holidays is over, it is time for Herm’s residents to get together for the annual gardeners’ barbecue.

Not only is this an excuse to get together in the garden of Lady Perry’s House for some lovely food and drink, but there are lots of prizes up for grabs in the gardening and baking competitions.

The ‘flower arrangement in an unusual container’ competition was won by Lesley Bailey with her beautiful arrangement in an ormer shell.

The category for one single perfect flower was won by Kirsten Parker George, with a red mimulus from her garden. Kirsten and her family also won the miniature garden contest with a replica of the George family ‘jungle’, complete with tiger.

The pebble-painting contest was won by three-year-old Albie Waterhouse and his impressive little ladybird.

The award for best cake went to Fiona Creed’s beautiful strawberries-and-cream-layered chocolate cake, while Yolandi Moore baked the winning bread with an eight-strand plaited loaf.

Andrew Bailey won the prize for best vegetable sculpture with a very elaborate tomato Dalek.

For the fourth year in a row, and still undefeated, the heaviest marrow was grown by Richard Knight. His monster vegetable weighed a whopping 12lb.

As reported in this column last year, Richard’s secret is lots of tender loving care and attention. He visits his allotment several times a day to check on the produce and in return it flourishes.

The challenge is on for next year, although it just wouldn’t be the same without yearly allusions to ‘Dickie’s big one’.