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for 2019 onwards
Fancy Auriculas are now in incuded in classes 91 and 93

The main changes are that the following combinations are allowed
      Class 91, 4 Plants: 2 Double Auriculas (dissimilar varieties) and either 2 Striped Auriculas (dissimilar varieties) or
      2 Fancy Auriculas (dissimilar varieties) or 1 Striped and 1 Fancy Auricula

      Class 93, 1 Edged Show Auricula; 1 Self Show Auricula; 1 Light Centre Alpine; 1 Gold Centre Alpine; 1 Double Auricula;
      1 Striped Auricula or 1 Fancy Auricula

      This will also be covered in an article by Allan Guest in the Spring News Letter.

Posted 21st February 2019

The 2019 Seed List is Closing 28th of February

The seedlist now has just 45 available from the original 168 listings so if you've not got around to placing your order, now would be a good time to do that. Stocks are dwindling on those seeds still listed as not sold out. Once more the seedlist has been a success not only in sharing seeds far and wide, but also in recruiting new members. It's still possible to use the paypal button to join the society and place your order by using the links below. The seedlist might close around mid February this year.

This year's seedlist is to be the last one created for this website by Henry Pugh. This website has been maintained by Henry on behalf of the Society since the early days of the World Wide Web way back in 2001 on a voluntary basis. Once again this year, members from far and wide have donated seed and, once again, there are new donors with offerings not previously seen. Henry will be a hard act to follow, fortunately he is mentoring a new website maintainer.

Henry's introductory words for last year's seed list bear repetition "Each year thousands of the seeds from well over a hundred crosses are donated to form our Seed List. They introduce members to the joys of raising primulas and new varieties of auricula and sustain and promote interest in these special plants. From the donor's viewpoint the seeds seem to just disappear into oblivion and are rarely heard of again. Some seed, I imagine inevitably falls on stony ground but most, I trust, are successfully grown at least to first flowering with a few quality seedlings selected and kept possibly for display, showing or future breeding." One bit of personal feedback from the 2018 Seed Distribution was: "I built 2 frames to house 300+ plants from ten packets of seed and the anticipation of their flowering is high! " Another was:"Some varieties (including Barbican, Fairy Light and Night and Day) seem to be highly fertile and produce a lot of seed with often excellent germination."

Henry was pleased to see one of his seedlings grown by a beginner win Best Overall Seedling in 2017 and in 2018 Henry won Best in Section 5 'Fancy Auriculas' with S1840, as well as accumulating the most points at the Knowle Auricula show, all from his seedlings. This reminded me to take a note of the donor for my records when sowing seed. I have a few promising seedlings from the 2017 seedlist that were donated by Cherille Hebdon and Bob Middleton.

If the uploading of the 2019 Seed List, reminds you that you've forgotten to note down the donor for your last years seed, contact us, as there is an archive.

Last years addition of a Paypal button for paying a year's subscription located at the bottom of the Membership page was a success. The simplified order form worked well. Just remember if you really want a couple of packets of seed from the same cross try listing the Reference Number twice, but be aware that, given the limited quantity of seed available for nearly all crosses and the usual demand, your chances of getting more than one are not high.

If you're unsure how to go about sowing the seeds there is a Guide to Growing Auriculas from Seed on hand to help members new to raising seedlings.

Malcolm Wright

Updated 21st of February 2019

The Show Pictures for the 2018 Knowle Shows have been uploaded to the website.

Yet another particularly difficult year for the exhibitor.
Congratulations to those growers who succeeded on the showbench this year.

The show pictures can be found via the INDEX TO ALL ILLUSTRATED SHOWS near the bottom of the Site Map on the Home page.

Posted 5th December 2018

Announcing new additions to website uploaded on 4th January 2018


for 2016 onwards
A revised Exhibitors' Handbook is now available to view prior to its planned distribution to members with the Society Newsletter.

The revised handbook contains only the Rules, Standards and Guidelines for the Knowle and Saltford shows.

The main changes are that
      - three pip plants are allowed in Edged Show Auricula single pot classes
      - three trusses are required for Border Seedling classes and five trusses for other Border classes
      - Gold Laced Polyanthus no longer need to have their immature pips removed
      - all pots must be round and terracotta in colour
      - exhibitors can show in the Beginners classes provided that they have not won five or more first prizes at NAPS shows in preceding calendar years.
Otherwise the revision is for clarity and accuracy. Read the parts of interest to you and be up-to-date.
Many thanks to Allan Guest and his helpers for all their hard work and expertise.

The Show Schedules and directions to venues for the Knowle, Saltford and Romsley shows have not changed and are available on the Information For Exhibitors web pages.

Posted 10th February 2016

Show Organisation

Deputies are required on show days for Catherine Parsons and Lynn Guest who run the Show Desk.

Please contact Neil Tyers if you are interested in helping.

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