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John Nevill's new Large Exhibition cultivars on trial.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

I have 3 of John Nevill's new cultivars on trial. Patton a glowing purple reflexed type, McTell a bronze with reflexed form. and one I had last year that is now named after the late Barry Firby.  I secured the buds on Patton at the end of July, which John thinks will be OK.  McTell is just 3ft tall and a lovely close jointed plant that will suit the small greenhouse, I secured this one around 8th August.  Barry Firby is 4ft at present and I secured it around 9th August.

Also photographed below is McKinley, 2013 novelty I had on trial last year, I secured the buds the last week of July. Last year I secured them 1st August and they were ready to cut a week after the National Show.



Barry Firby


PATTON                                                           McTell                                                                          Barry Firby


McKinley                                                         McKinley


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Chrysanthemum progress

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Since returning from Tatton Park Show, I've been busy cutting my Large Exhibition Chrysanthemums down to one stem on each plant.  The buds are a bit early so I've been retaining the youngest bud when ever I can.  I've had a plague of black fly so I had to give a spray yesterday even though I drenched the pots with Imidachloprid a week ago.

A view looking down under the cover.

Gigantic & sports

Duke of Kent & sports


Peggy Ann                                                             Charm Casablanca


I'm growing a few Cascades, OK the kids have said 'are you making a boat dad'

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20th July 2013

Saturday, 20 July 2013

I hope you are all enjoying this spell of hot weather better than I am.  This is a nightmare for a grower of plants in pots.  I've had a quick count up and my total seems to exceed 600 pots.  So I'm a slave to watering lately. Anyway here's a few photos.

The mixed border is full of bloom now that the roses and delphiniums are in bloom.


Rambling rose 'Dentile de Malines'

If you want a good healthy climbing rose you don't have to spray, try 'Dortmund'

The onions are suffering in the heat.

Large Exhibition Chrysanthemums                                                                                             Amber Gigantic


Gigantic's                                                                                                                               Lancashire Lad & Saxon


Duke of Kent family.                                                                                                                 Peggy Ann


Jessie Habgood & Sports. I gave then B9 and its certainly shortened them.



Carnations & Leeks

Carnations for the Royal Welsh Show on Monday.  The white blooms are Colin Short's new variety 'Winter Wonderland. I'm thrilled with it, Its got good form, scented and lasts well on the plant.


Potatoes still looking good, no blight yet, the hot weather has its good points.

Peas have gone berserk. 

Hanging baskets have needed water twice a day in this hot weather.

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The summer is flying by

Tuesday, 02 July 2013

Its July already.  I thought I'd post a few photos of the garden. 

The mixed border is beginning to bloom.                                                                           The Cornus kousa is still superb.


Mixed border from the back.


That Clematis is 'Pastel Princess'

Onions looking OK but way behhind other years.

Brassicas in a cage, I'm a bit annoyed I found a few cabbage white caterpillars in there yesterday, so obviously one of the little devils got in there.

I wonder if the Carrot Fly has been in there to.

Miniature Roses.

Carnations & Leeks

More Carnations


Large Exhibition Chrysanthemums                                                                                            Duke of Kent & Sports


Gigantic & sports                                                                                                                      Jessie Habgood & sports


New cultivar McKinley.

Dahlia 'Dilys Ayling' bred by my pal Roy Tudor  and named for flower arranger Dilys. 

Margaret's pride and joy, her Cornus Kousa, Clematis 'Pastel Princess' and Bay tree which I've got to suffer in cooking from time to time.






Posted by: at 16:59

It's mid June already

Friday, 14 June 2013

The season is flying by, its mid June already.  The late spring is still having its effect, roses in particular are way behind and so are the carnations.  I am securing buds on the Schubert family but these are going to take a fair time to bloom.  Everything in the vegetable garden has made really good growth during the two weeks of sunny weather.  The potatoes were beginning to suffer and the rain came right on cue, I swear they have doubled in size in the last 3 days.  I think I made the right choice by leaving the cover over my chrysanthemums, we had some torrential rain this morning.  The plants in the back garden are very wet to say the least.  The onions are way behind as are the leeks but both look OK and all I hope for is that they continue to grow well for the September shows.

Although it rained today I still had a few pots to water.                                                           Potatoes making good growth.  Likewise so are the carnations.                          


Here are the earlier carnations like Schubert & sports, also the Welsh Seedling leek, I have some Pendal Improved at the other end behind the dehumidifier.     


Miniature roses under cover.

Vegetables making progress.

After many years of battling against Cabbage White Butterfly I lashed out on a fruit cage.

I feel terribly guilty because all the butterflies are now going over to the allotments across the field.

The pick of the front garden (excluding my Chrysanthemums of course) is Margaret's Cornus kousa. 

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