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British National Carnation Society, visit to Whetman Pinks, nr Dawlish Devon.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Margaret and I had a wonderful time at Whetman Pinks last Tuesday (19th June 2012) What a well-run enterprise Whetman Pinks is. Their commitment to keeping virus free plant material is excellent news for gardeners.  Carolyn Whetman and her team gave us a great welcome.  A welcome fit for a king.

 

 

 

Posted by: ivormace@hotmail.com at 14:11

Progress with Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Onions & other Gardening

Tuesday, 05 June 2012

I've had a few very productive days in the garden.  I've removed the stagging and lined the carnations out on the greenhouse floor.  The time the plants have spent on the stagging has been worthwhile because the plants have made good growth and are now tall enough to get light above the dwarf walls in the greenhouse.

I've replaced the polythene on the chrysanthemum cover and lined the plants out.  The plants in the back garden are still in the cold frames, this prevents the pots becoming too wet in the rain.  In another 10 days these will have to be stood out because they will be too tall for the cold-frames by then.

 I was delighted that it was fine this morning and I managed to earth up the potatoes before the rain arrived. 

The onions are making good progress and I've taken all the supports off.

 

Posted by: ivormace@hotmail.com at 22:03

Canation Progess

Monday, 28 May 2012

I mixed the compost for final potting the perpetual carnations in early April.  By mid April I began scrubbing the 300 8-9 inch  clay pots.  By early May I had re-potted the lot.  150 pots have been lined out in one polytunnel and 40 pots in an 8 x 12 greenhouse.  Once the vegetable and basket plants have gone out in the garden I will accommodate another 30 pots in the other small greenhouse.  Then the stagging will be removed in the big greenhouse and the remaining pots lined out on the floor in there.  There is one border with early chrysanthemums and also some long leeks in there too.  I have begun feeding with 2 parts nitrogen to 1 part potassium.  I use an injector and calibrate the strength of the feed to 300mS. That is just less than half strength. 

                   

Posted by: ivormace@hotmail.com at 21:55

Its been a busy week.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

I've had a busy week final potting my chrysanthemums.  I mixed 2000 litres of compost and there's not much left.  My next job is to replace the polythene on my cover with some new Sunmaster polythene, the old sheet is not letting enough light through.  I would like to leave the cover over until the plants are rooting into the new compost.  The plants are away from the side of the cover to prevent rain getting to them.  In a few weeks they will be spread out and the wires will be in place and the canes clipped to them.

 

Posted by: ivormace@hotmail.com at 22:12

National Chrysanthemum Society Show 2011

Tuesday, 08 November 2011

 

Notice for all Chrysanthemum Lovers

My show report of The National Chrysanthemum Society Show, held at the County Show ground Staffordshire on 4th & 5th November 2011, Will be in Garden News 15th November Issue.  There will be lots of photographs and a written report.

Posted by: mail@ivormace.com at 00:00

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