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Dowlais Chrysanthemum Society 8th November 2013

Friday, 08 November 2013

Just got back from Dowlais Show.  In case your wondering Dowlais is a historic iron makeing and coal mining district of Merthyr Tydfil. Merthyr was big when Cardiff was just a small village and the Rhondda Valley was just a farming valley prior to the descovery of coal.

Here's some of the best exhibits.

Mark Ashton's Silver Medal Exhibit of Robeam & Cream Ryski       John Hobbs Bronze Medal Entry of William Florentine & Primrose John Hughes.


Bryn Stonebridges Certificate of Merit Entry of Rose Patricia Millar                                              Cyril Powell's White & Peach Fairweather.


John Hobb's Certificate of Merit entry of Peach Fairweather.                                                    Phil Little's Brierton Sunsett & Mason's Bronze


Bryn Stonebridge's Cossack.                               John Lett's 6 Fantasies, Senkyo Karau & Salhouse Joy.


Phil Little's Peter Anderton and single Gladeye.    Phil Little's Brierton Sunsett, Mason's Bronze & Brierton Festival.


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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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