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    You didn't mention flower categories either - really adds to the smell factor. single rose (was popular-ish), 3 stems the same, jam jar arrangement.

    Edit: Is it worth reminding yourself of the vine shows - toms, 3 beans and any thing else always seem to be the more popular.
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    I think people who participate in shows are in some cases different to people who grow.

    I for instance have a plots are for growing not for showing. Others on our plots spend the whole year preparing for shows, some veg, some flowers and some both, then discard what never made the show bench.
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    On the community spirit issue.

    On our site we have three issues on the helping out, going to allotment summer party etc which makes us less keen to be Ďcommunity mindedí
    1. Working parties etc often announced at short notice, fine if you are retired so can rearrange things or not busy at weekends but I have only two days off a week in which to organise my life so other commitments are often organised months ahead, giving me two three weeks notice isnít enough.
    2. The clique of committee/long termers. Yes we appreciate you have been helping out for years and all know each other and you do the same things each year but that doesnít mean we are untrustworthy and only capable of collecting sticks and not being told what the plan is while you all have access to the committee shed for hot drinks and get the important jobs while ordering us about. I manage to do a pretty important job 5 days a week so I donít want to spend my weekend being treated like a five year old begging to help out. You asked for volunteers remember not the other way round.
    3. The said old timers breaking half the rules, including dumping crap at the back of our plot as the main compost heap was closed and they couldnít be bothered to adhere to the new rule of composing on your own plot all the while complaining to the committee about what newbies are doing (letting a bed be covered in weeds - when most amusingly she was growing Chinese mix salad with zero weeds) while no one listens to any of the Ďnewbies, complaints about them or does anything about it, leaving us to clear up said mess on our own.

    Itís easy to miss the above happening if you are part of the clique so perhaps something similar is/has happened on your site.

    Perhaps no one wants to rock the boat being new especially if you have been waiting years for a plot, itís just easier to keep your head down do what needs doing, speak to nice plot neighbours and go home, rather than talking to everyone out of politeness and going to the community minded bits (as my Nan used to say if you donít have anything nice to say say nothing at all).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norfolkgrey View Post
    Edit: Is it worth reminding yourself of the vine shows - toms, 3 beans and any thing else always seem to be the more popular.
    Its also worth remembering that even in a virtual show there are still people who dispute whether the entries were valid - were they really the "tallest" sunflower? The heaviest pumpkin? How were they measured?
    Some people are so serious and competitive and feel cheated if they don't win. I'm sure its even worse in a "real" show..
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