BUTTER or beer were the last thing on Des Klemke’s mind last week when he commandeered all the space in the family fridges.
“Our butter was melting on the bench,” his wife, Ginette said.
At the same time, the fridges were bursting with flowers as Des took responsibility for preparing the couple’s best 300 flowers, entered in the weekend’s Hume Camellia Society Show at the Mirambeena Community Centre in Lavington.
His diligence was rewarded with the couple taking the grand prize for the most category wins.
Mr Klemke won his 11th Jessep Medal, the title of grand champion, and a silver cup for having the best point score.
More than 1200 flowers from 20 exhibitors turned the show into a sea of blooms.
Show secretary Barry Di Salvia said he was pleasantly surprised by the quality because the days leading up to the show had not been ideal for the flowers.
“The rain was great but then we had all that sun,” he said.
“The flowers have more chance of flopping then.”
He said support and involvement in the show had been disappointing in recent years but the weekend version had been encouraging.
“We have had about 200 people over the weekend,” Mr Di Salvia said.
Camillias are a “tough” long-life plant that withstands drought.
Varieties from the 1800s still prosper.