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Denton Chrysanthemum Society celebrate another successful daffodil season
Friday 1st June 2018 @ 16:40 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside

As spring turns to summer and the warm weather continues, the Denton and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society are reflecting on yet another successful daffodil season.

The group, based on Manchester Road, won three society classes at daffodil competitions. The first was at the RHS Show at Wisley, the second at Coughton Court in Warwickshire and the third at Harrogate Spring Show.

As well as the society awards, members Ken Harrop and Alan Brierley took home a number of individual honours. It’s the culmination of months of hard work, starting in October when the bulbs are first planted.

Award-winning daffodils grown by Ken Harrop of the Denton Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society.

“For each class, you have to provide a collection of twelve individual daffodils, each of a different variety,” Ken explained. “They should have six perfect petals and a perfect trumpet or cup. We compete against other society’s across the country and we won all three. It keeps the flag of Tameside in prominent view.”

Ken has been growing daffodils for twelve years and is one of the best in the country. He added: “You’ve got to grow a large number of daffodils to have fifteen different varieties and three identical blooms of each. We probably grow about 3000 bulbs here every year and 200 different varieties.”

With the daffodil show season over, the society has now turned it’s attention to chrysanthemum and dahlias, where the lads are looking to repeat yet more success.

The society is national champion for chrysanthemums and will be looking to retain that title in September.

President of the Denton and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, Cllr Dawson Lane, said: “It’s fantastic for Denton and for Tameside. It’s a pleasure to be President because they are great lads and they work very hard.”