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Neath Chrysanthemum Society Show 2013.

Sunday, 03 November 2013

Just got back from Neath Show.  Here's a few photos.

Alan Ellwell's Fairweathers                             Howard Thomas's Bronze Medal entry of Fairweathers and Pauline White.


Ivor Mace's 2 Gigantic's & Lancashire Fold     John Hobbs's Silver Medal entry of John Hughes's


Ivor Mace's Coral Patricia Millar & Fairweathers    John Letts Pink Splendour


Mark Ashton's Sprays, Ryflash & Robeam       Ken Morgan's  Sheila Coles


Ron Bryant's Yellow John Hughes.                                                                                     Mark Ashton's Roscene


Terry Beynon's Woolmans Glory


Phil Little's Masons Bronze


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Here are the heavy mob.

Saturday, 02 November 2013

Just back from our National Show.  What a rotton season.  Cold winter went on through into the spring, then it came hot, then hotter, buds came early, autumn was hot, blooms scorched. Then damp and rain.  I didn't give much for my chances.

I got to the hall. Barry Cundiff was there, he's had all the same problems as me. Doug Ball arrived he was in the same state he only had one bloom to spare for his 12 bloom entry. Andy Wickham arrived and he's had the same problems.  The problem with large exhibition chrysanthemums is, they are big and they take from 6 to 8 weeks to develop depending on the variety.  I've grown a wide variety of plants but believe me these are difficult to get to perfection.  So take a bow everyone who got pretty decent blooms to our national show.

My Entry                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                               Doug Ball's 3 blooms


Barry Cundiff with his entry.                                                                                                McTell, John Nevill's new variety


Barry with his best in show Silver Gigantic


Andy Wickham with his entry.

Andy Wickham with his winning 9 blooms.

Doug & Wendy Ball with their winning entry.

John Nevill with 6 mixed, 3 Large, 2 McTell & 1 Duke of Kent.  3 Mediums White Lightning.

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Charm chrysanthemums are easy to grow and certainly give a good show in the greenhouse.

Casablanca, the first to bloom.


Unknown purple, next to bloom.


Lighthouse, not as big but still a nice plant.

Golden Challis, good for mid November.

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John Nevill's new varieties

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Here are the two varieties I have on trial from John Nevill.  McTell is a nice bright bronze that we plan to release next year 2014, and Patton which we will soon have to make a decision on, either 2014 or 2015.





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A nightmare season so far

Monday, 14 October 2013

Well, after last years beautiful blooms, this year is turning into a nightmare. To begin with at least a third of my plants buds were coming too early. On top of this the autumn temperatures have been very warm, this not only pushed the plants on but scorched quite a few of them.  On top of this I've had a plague of Black Fly. My plants were treated with a systemic insecticide and these black fly have not survived on the leaves but they have survived on the buds.  Despite repeated spraying they still persisted.  Tody I cut off all the blooms that I could see black fly in, in an effort to save what's left.

John Nevils new one, McTell is a lovely attractive bright bronze at just 3ft tall. This early bloom didn't scorch in the hot weather so this is a good positive and I'll certainly grow a few more next year. 


A nice bloom of Shirley Primrose, unfortunately ready to cut right now. This Thomas Pockett variety from 1938 is called Patricia Barnett in Australia and New Zealand. This variety has gone through the NCS cleaning up programe.  McKinley is doing well but it broke my heart to cut two blooms off with black fly.


Silver Gigantic's are incurving this year due to high temperatures. Bronze Gigantic's are incurving too.


Jessie Habgood's showing promise.


I've grown a few Fairweather's and these are early too.

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