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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

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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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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Ynyswen Gardening Club's annual show was held last Sunday 9th September. All in all it was a really good show. Here are a few photos.

  Cyril Powell's Silver Medal entry. Pink John Wingfield, John Wingfield & Max Riley

  Brenda Davies's Floral Art

 John Oliver's Sweet Candle Carrot

 Mike Thompson's new rose 'Lowri' not yet in commerce.

 My 2nd placed John Wingfield, Millenium & Cream John Wingfield.

 Mike Davies's Dahlias


  Jim Thompson's collection.

 John Oliver's Top Tray

 My Onions

Jim Thompson's Top Tray.

Bryn Stonebridge's Yellow John Wingfield & Bronze Matlock.

 John Hobbs's Max Riley got the Bronze Medal.




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John Nevill's new Japs (Large Exhibition)

Monday, 27 August 2012

I thought I would show everyone the two new cultivars I am growing from John Nevill.  The first photo is already named McKinley (I believe named after the late jazz musician Muddy Waters. The second photo is a pinky coloured bloom.  I'm looking forward to seeing both of them as I've only seen photos of the pinky one. McKinley was on view at the 2011 national when John brought one along. A dark bronze incurving bloom.

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Chrysanthemum Progress

Friday, 24 August 2012

What a miserable summer so far, I've never rolled back the cover over Large Exhibition chrysanthemums because its rained about 3 days per week. The plants I have in my back garden have only been watered about 4 times since the beginning of June. Thankfully I have been able to give them a teaspoonful of dry base fertiliser and the rain has watered it in. Some varieties have been very yellow, showing the symptoms of iron deficiency. I mixed sequestrate of iron into the fertiliser and they have greened up recently.  Under the cover theres been no problem. I've been watering about once per week except for the odd hot spell of weather when I've watered about every third day. I used a teaspoonful of Vitax Q4 per week up to bud and I've gone on to Solufeed 3-1-3 since securing the buds. The plants look well.  It will be interesting to see how they finish up after being under cover throughout.

Here are a few photos taken today:-





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