|Tuesday||5p.m.||More Experienced Sailors|
|Best Principal Girl||Meryl Williams|
|Best Comedy Support||Brian Thomas|
|Best Set of Animal Costumes||The Penguins|
|Special Effects||The Forest of Doom|
|Female Performance||Maggie Perkovic|
|Original Script||Lesley Thomas|
|Individual Juvenile||Marty Sherris|
|Individual Juvenile||Tamar Wilkinson|
|Comedy Duo||Jackie Pritchard & Jane Pender|
|Outrageous Fairy||Helen Ouymer|
|Solo Instrumentalist||Jane Pender|
|Overall Performance||Entire Company & Chorus|
|Hats, Wigs & Headgear||Entire Company|
|Single Costume||The Ice Wizard|
|Make-up||The Ice Wizard|
|Set Piece||The Magic Box|
|NOTES FROM TRENOWETH|
Just why narcissi like Soleil d’Or appeared to need this boost with heat and smoke, and how they actually worked, was a mystery for many years, but when the answers came they were actually quite simple and logical. Soleil d’Or and its relatives evolved in the Mediterranean where there are naturally occurring bush fires, rather like South Africa where there are even more bulbs adapted to wild fires. Throughout aeons of evolution it was an advantage for bulbous plants to flower and shed their seed on to the bare ground after a fire, giving the young plants a better chance to establish and form a new bulb which could survive when the competition returned.
We now know that smoke contains a plant hormone which can trigger these responses. A most remarkable discovery by the Botanical Gardens, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, has been that many seed also have this adaptation. We have heard of fires cracking open seed pods and cones but this information is new and Kirstenbosch are actually selling ”packeted smoke” with which to treat South African species. In the field of plant biology there appears to be no end to the amazing things we are still learning!
For those wishing to do a trial with smoke, one of the most interesting bulbs is Freesia. Unless they receive a suitable treatment, they generally will not sprout. Try smoking them in a plastic bag by blowing in some smoke from smouldering dry grass. Repeat this 3 times over 3 days and you will be very impressed with their growth when repotted.
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