The weather has not been too kind to champion grower Peter Glazebrook but his mammoth veg still led the way at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.
Mr Glazebrook, a retired building surveyor, last year set a world record, for the second year in a row, for the heaviest onion but this year he failed in his effort to post a new world-beating weight.
Last year his offering had weighed in at a monster 18lb 1oz, but his heaviest onion this year tipped the scales at 15lbs 1.5 oz.
Despite not getting the record it was still a great day for Mr Glazebrook, from Newark, who walked away with a number of other titles including heaviest potato, which weighed in at 2.28kg, and for one heaviest cabbage with washed roots, which weighed 30.5kg.
He said: “The weights are well down this year.
“It was a very late spring and that meant I could not plant out into protective tunnels when I wanted to and then we had a very hot few weeks in July and that was a killer for the onions.”
Also putting in a strong showing was Ian Neale, from Newport, who won a number of classes. His giant marrow tipped the scales at 50.5kg.
Among those admiring the giant veg yesterday was William Orton, four, of Harrogate, who was almost dwarfed by a giant pumpkin.
This year the gardening halls at the event at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, which continues today and tomorrow, are packed with beautiful blooms, including over 3,000 dahlias, and other varieties including chrysanthemums and oriental lilies.
The British Fuchsia Society celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and its show includes a special class for plants named after past society presidents.
Flower clubs from around the country have created a tribute to the best of British comedy, while this year’s floristry classes also include a Hot & Spicy theme, continuing the show’s ChilliFest, featuring up to 60 different types of chilli plant on display.