05:03AM, Monday 13 August 2012
Wendy Bendy, Maxine's Smile and Border Raider were just three of the species of flower displayed at a fuchsia show in Windsor on Saturday.
A wash of purples and pinks spread across Gardeners Hall, in St Leonards Road, during the event, which attracted more than 10 exhibitors and about 100 entries.
The event is run annually by Windsor & Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society.
Chairman Sid Garcia said: "It's gone great. Exhibits are down a little bit from last year but there's plenty of colour on the table."
Fuchsia expert and national competition judge Geoffrey Oke (left) was a special guest at the event and chose the eventual winners.
Categories included ornamental plants, baskets and hanging pots as well as different potted combinations. Some of the plants entered in the contest have taken two years to grow.
One man who had a particularly successful day was Ray Birt, who scooped 13 first prizes for his plants. The Belle View resident, who is retired, has been taking part for nearly 30 years.
He said: "It's always a good atmosphere and it's competitive as well as friendly. My favourite thing now is producing my own flowers."
Beginners meetings are held at the hall on the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm.
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