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Chrysanthemums:- The Ultimate Ebook

Friday, 14 December 2012

Although the ebook is little over a year old, we are busy revising it.  What's more we intend it to become even better value than it was originally.  It will not only have increased pages but everyone who has already bought it can download the revised version absolutely free. 

Your feed back is really appreciated.  Stopping & Timing has been requested, and will be included in the new version.  We told you, you would never need to buy another chrysanthemum book, and we mean it.

To everyone who has bought Chrysanthemums:- The Ultimate Ebook A sincere thank you to each and every one of you, and we look forward to contacting you all when the revised version is ready for you download.

Best Regards

Ivor & Paul.      






Posted by: at 23:02

Cleaned up stock of Bronze Gigantic, Duke of Kent, Yellow Duke & Cream Duke

Monday, 03 December 2012

As many chrysanthemum growers will know, the National Chrysanthemum Society has embarked on programe to clean up chrysanthemum varieties.  Quite a few of the Large Exhibition varieties I grow are with the micro-propagator.  The NCS have sent varieties to Gentech a micro-propagation company in Scotland.  The technique involves removing the meristem, a small bundle of cells right in the tip of the plant, where cells are dividing to increase the height of the plant. The purpose of this is to get clean cells free of virus diseases.  It's a skilled job involving an air flow cabinet and sterile test tubes with agar and nutrients.  Once the small tip has grown into a little plant, it is tested for virus and providing its clean, the plant is chopped up into leaf bud cuttings and rooted in tubes.  Then they are removed and weaned in small plugs.

This is the stage we are at now with Bronze Gigantic, Duke of Kent, Yellow Duke and Cream Duke.  I have boxed the young plants up and I am growing them on as Mother Plants. By February/March I should have nice young shoots I can use as cuttings. 

I'm quite excited about it because around 1990 myself and Howard Minns had all the Large Exhibition varieties we grow cleaned up. Of all the varieties we had done, the Duke of Kent family showed the most improvement.  So if the same thing happens again we should see good Dukes at the shows next year.

If anyone has ordered Dukes and Bronze Gigantic or would like to order the cleaned up stock, the cost will be an extra £1 per cutting. I pass this on to the National Chrysanthemum Society to offset some of the costs. 

                        Duke of Kent                                                             Yellow Duke


Duke of Kent Family


Posted by: at 19:09

USA Trip

Sunday, 18 November 2012

So far so good. I'm really enjoying my USA trip.

I enjoyed New York Botanic gardens and also Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square Penylvannia. 

Here are a few photos so far.

N.Y.B.G. photos.

Longwood Photos

Just to prove I was there with Grower Yoko Arakawa.













Posted by: at 22:40

Western Group & Swansea Show

Friday, 09 November 2012

I've cut 12 blooms for North Somerset Show tomorrow and the Western Group Show is being held at the same hall at Timsbury on Sunday, so these blooms will do both shows.

I've also cut 12 blooms for Swansea Chrysanthemum Society show on Sunday at Dunvant. Amoungst them is a lovely bloom of Saxon, John Nevill's new variety. I have also cut a bloom of McKinley for both shows.  McKinley is going to be an asset to all Jap growers, its in the style of Phil Houghton but with broader petals and it stays fresh underneath.

Please excuse the cloths. We are packing for a holliday.


McKinley (top) and Saxon

North Somerset entry, 4 Amber Gigantic,              Phil Houghton, Lancashire Fold & Yellow Phil

Peggy Ann & Bronze Gigantic


Swansea Entry, 3 Amber Gigantic, Peggy Ann, Bronze Gigantic & Saxon.


Primrose Jessie, Bronze Gigantic & Amber Gigantic.                                                                       Yellow Phil Houghton



Posted by: at 19:15

National Show

Monday, 05 November 2012

Last Fridays National Show was a bit thin because of the late season.  However the Large Exhibition Section was well supported. 

I'm pleased to say I managed to win the 18 bloom championship after several years of 2nd and a 3rd place. This was my 20th win in this class and as Steve Redgrave said 'If you find me in this class again you have my permission to shoot me'.  20 blooms are a tight fit in my car, and there's only an inch between the blooms.  Where as 16 blooms will fly in there. 

The National was a very good show for me as I also got the Bentley Trophy for Exhibit of most merit and one of my Amber Gigantic got best overall vase in show.  To top it off Swansea Chrysanthemum Society won the Society Championship and my spare blooms won the 6 bloom class and the single vase class.

Barry Cundiff was 2nd with a fine set of blooms.

Andy Wickham was 3rd with another good set of blooms

In the days leading up to the show I was in contact with John Nevill to find out if he had a bloom of McKinley that we could show in the seedling class.  We both had blooms that were almost ready but alas not quite. When I got home Friday night 4 of the 5 plants I had grown were nicely finished on top. Very Frustrating. On Sunday the 4th I took a bloom to Neath Show, and Here it is.

I hope to take another bloom to Cardiff Show and Newport Show and another to North Somerset next Saturday and leave it there for the Western Group Show on Sunday.  Then I hope to  take another bloom to Swansea show on Sunday.              


My Exhibit Before Judging, A Gigantic was substituted for a Duke of Kent.


Barry Cundiff's 2nd Place entry


Andy Wickham's 3rd place entry.


My 6 bloom entry




Swansea Chrysanthemum Society Exhibit

Two Cheeky Chappie's

Here is the complete team





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