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Western Group & Swansea Show

Friday, 09 November 2012

I've cut 12 blooms for North Somerset Show tomorrow and the Western Group Show is being held at the same hall at Timsbury on Sunday, so these blooms will do both shows.

I've also cut 12 blooms for Swansea Chrysanthemum Society show on Sunday at Dunvant. Amoungst them is a lovely bloom of Saxon, John Nevill's new variety. I have also cut a bloom of McKinley for both shows.  McKinley is going to be an asset to all Jap growers, its in the style of Phil Houghton but with broader petals and it stays fresh underneath.

Please excuse the cloths. We are packing for a holliday.


McKinley (top) and Saxon

North Somerset entry, 4 Amber Gigantic,              Phil Houghton, Lancashire Fold & Yellow Phil

Peggy Ann & Bronze Gigantic


Swansea Entry, 3 Amber Gigantic, Peggy Ann, Bronze Gigantic & Saxon.


Primrose Jessie, Bronze Gigantic & Amber Gigantic.                                                                       Yellow Phil Houghton



Posted by: at 19:15

National Show

Monday, 05 November 2012

Last Fridays National Show was a bit thin because of the late season.  However the Large Exhibition Section was well supported. 

I'm pleased to say I managed to win the 18 bloom championship after several years of 2nd and a 3rd place. This was my 20th win in this class and as Steve Redgrave said 'If you find me in this class again you have my permission to shoot me'.  20 blooms are a tight fit in my car, and there's only an inch between the blooms.  Where as 16 blooms will fly in there. 

The National was a very good show for me as I also got the Bentley Trophy for Exhibit of most merit and one of my Amber Gigantic got best overall vase in show.  To top it off Swansea Chrysanthemum Society won the Society Championship and my spare blooms won the 6 bloom class and the single vase class.

Barry Cundiff was 2nd with a fine set of blooms.

Andy Wickham was 3rd with another good set of blooms

In the days leading up to the show I was in contact with John Nevill to find out if he had a bloom of McKinley that we could show in the seedling class.  We both had blooms that were almost ready but alas not quite. When I got home Friday night 4 of the 5 plants I had grown were nicely finished on top. Very Frustrating. On Sunday the 4th I took a bloom to Neath Show, and Here it is.

I hope to take another bloom to Cardiff Show and Newport Show and another to North Somerset next Saturday and leave it there for the Western Group Show on Sunday.  Then I hope to  take another bloom to Swansea show on Sunday.              


My Exhibit Before Judging, A Gigantic was substituted for a Duke of Kent.


Barry Cundiff's 2nd Place entry


Andy Wickham's 3rd place entry.


My 6 bloom entry




Swansea Chrysanthemum Society Exhibit

Two Cheeky Chappie's

Here is the complete team





Posted by: at 22:12

McKinley Progress

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

John Nevill's two new seedlings are making steady progress.

McKinley looks good and at just 3ft tall its nice and easy to grow for a small greenhouse.

The other seedling as yet un-named but nick-named Pinkie by me is only 4ft tall.

McKinley.                                                  Pinkie



Posted by: at 19:10

Progress with Chrysanthemums & Carnations

Monday, 08 October 2012

The consensus around the country is that Large Exhibition blooms are running late. Andy Wickham and John Nevill have both sent me comparative photographs from last year. When I secured my buds I was fairly happy that my plants were on time comparing bud securing dates from previous years.

The colour is very good so far this year.  However I was pleased to see bright weather last weekend, and it certainly helped the blooms develop. Today we've had drizzle till lunch time and dull weather this afternoon. I switched the extractor fans off because they were sucking all the dry air out and pulling damp air in.

I like the look of John Nevill's new McKinley. I've never seen a bud as big and considering I secured the buds on 28th July they are very slow so far. The petals are big and have plenty of substance. The other seedling I secured on the 10th August and they have already passed the McKinley but the are not as neat. Time will tell.

I've taken a photo of each of the Gigantic's including my new Amber sport, it has a ginger reverse as opposed to the aluminium colour on the reverse of the original Amber Gigantic. Due to the cool weather the colour is very good so far. I've taken 2 photos from either end of the greenhouse and the carnation cuttings I have taken today.


John's other Jap Seedling

The greenhose from the Treorci end.

Also from the Treorci end

From the Treherbert end.

Also from the Treherbert end.


Silver                                                                 Golden


Gigantic                                                           Bronze


Old Amber                                                        New Amber

A days work taking carnation cuttings

Posted by: at 20:09

All Chrysanthemums safely housed in the greenhouse

Thursday, 27 September 2012

All the pots have been carried into the greenhouse. I had a heavy cold at the time and that made it all the more difficult. My standing ground is 70 to 100 yards from the greenhouse, and all uphill. Here's a few photos. There's not much room in there so I'm on a diet from now on.

The roll down shading was up when I took the photos.  The overhead electric tubes are only used in an emergency. I have a gas boiler and radiators. The boiler is set at 8c. A dehumidifier runs at night.


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