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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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Ynyswen Gardening Club Annual Fower Show

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Our annual village flower show was held at Ynyswen Welfare Hall last Sunday 1st September.  We had a good crowd of people, partly thanks to the complimentary tickets we gave out. Thanks to everyone for buying raffle tickets. Thanks to the ladies for serving lunch to all of us and manning the tea bar. Thanks to our members for erecting the tables and taking them down again. Thanks to all the exhibitors.  Thanks to Dennis Price and my wife Margaret for all the administration. Thanks to Mike Thompson for taking the photos. Thanks to Kay for those lovely cakes and tarts.  I ate my share as usual.  I hope I haven't left anyone out


Jim Thompson's Collection of Vegetables got best in show.       My vase of carnations.


My vase of 'Baby Boomer' miniature rose.                                                                              Miniature rose 'Joy' in a picture frame.


One of the children's entries.                                    My onions at the back and John Oliver's in front


Ladies's shoulder sprays                                                                                                          'Octoberfest' HT rose shown by Mike Thompson


Mike Thompson's Miniflora roses.                                                                                           Graham Lewis's 3 vases of Dahlias


Jim Thompson's 'Sweet Candle' Carrots.                 My miniature roses, 4 'Baby Boomer' 3 'Glowing Amber' 1 'Ivory Silk' 1 Doris Morgan'


Vegetable Judges Lee Watkins & Mel Saunders along with David Keough (steward)          Mark Ashton's 3 vases of dahlias


Collerette dahlia 'Dilys Ayling' raised and shown by Roy Tudor                                               Gladioli, we were well supported by the South Wales Gladiolus                                                                                                                                                     Group.


My vase of 'Joanne's Highlight'                                                                                                More Gladioli.


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