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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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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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