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Great balls of colour

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Great balls of colour

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For the last two days flower lovers were in paradise, as they took in the Barbados Horticultural Society’s annual flower show at Balls in Christ Church.
With cameras and purchases of assorted plants in hand, locals and visitors alike,   fascinated by the array, inched around beautiful orchids, crowns of thorns, bonsai trees, dozens of cacti, desert roses, ficuses, and dozens of other varieties on display for judging.
President of the society, Jennifer Weetch, who noted the show was the biggest fund-raiser held each year, said owners had lost quite a few plants during the passing of  Tropical Storm Tomas, but were able to recover in time for the show.
She noted the cut flower business had been doing very well locally but not for export, because of how expensive it was to freight flowers overseas.
“Most of the flowers are used locally by the florists for shows and we also do a lot of flower arrangements for ships. One or two florists do send off to Canada, but not much exporting is done here,” she said.
With regard to pests, Weetch said there were in fact some new ones, but added that the Ministry of Agriculture had them under control.
“Mr Gibbs at the Ministry of Agriculture is pretty much on the ball and he keeps us very up to date.
“There is t is affecting the palms, that could also affect the heliconias which could in turn affect the cut flower industry, so we are very aware of it. So we have lectures so we can tell others how to control them,” she said.