The show in question here is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 held in the magnificent grounds of Hampton Court Palace near London.
Monday July 2nd is the day when all exhibits, trade stands and show gardens must be completed to allow the judges to carry out their duties. On the same day the worlds press will descend to inspect and report. All of this puts huge pressure onto the exhibitors beforehand. In the show gardens the major works will be completed but the planting schemes require constant monitoring to ensure blooms are not going over or being blown off by the strong winds, or that the larger plants are not leaning at unnatural angles. In the marquees it may not be the wind causing the problems, it is the dramatic temperature changes and differing light levels as the sun appears and disappears behind the clouds. Higher temperatures will dramatically shorten the life of the blooms on display.
The time prior to the visits by groups of judges is always a nerve wracking period when everyone is trying to achieve perfection so that the sharp eyed judges do not see a blemished leaf, a left over plant label or damaged stem. These errors of course don’t gain points, and at a show such as this points mean.... medals.
By Monday morning, perfection will have been achieved with visitors and judges once again witnessing the most spectacular displays possible.
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 runs from 3rd – 8th July.