We were really pleased to have come 2nd place with Allium 'Lavender Bubbles' that was entered through Peter Seabrook by the Sun Newspaper. Here is a snippet of a wonderful piece written by Val Bourne in the Daily Telegraph:
Pipped at the post
In second place was Allium ‘Lavender Bubbles’ (entered by The Sun newspaper) but it will be the real winner with gardeners because it produces its deep purple orbs of flower in August (rather than in spring, like most other alliums).
At 2ft high, this rhizomatous allium is perennial and the grey foliage has an attractive twist, so, given a sunny position, it will light up the dog days of August. It came out of a breeding programme at Walters Gardens in Michigan in the United States, so it’s terrifically hardy, and many of my gardening friends are already raving about it. It certainly got my vote.
1st Place Cercis canadensis 'Eternal flame'
2nd Place Allium 'Lavender Bubbles'
3rd Place Semponium ‘Sienna’