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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. 


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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.


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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.

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My Onions and I through the years

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Some photos from through the years....

around 1965 aged about 17 at EMI show


1966 at the Royal Oak Hotel


1995 at home in the Rhondda


Rhondda Show 2008

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Congratulations to Doris Joyce

Thursday, 08 September 2011

Doris Joyce has been growing chrysanths for just 3 years, however she has been a quick learner.  Last year she came to our show at Ynyswen and after meeting Dennis Fletcher she said she would like to grow his namesake.  Mike Harvey provided stools and this is Doris's vase at Doncaster Chrysanthemum Society's Show on 3rd Sept 2011.  I can honestly say this is the best vase of DF I have seen. Well done Doris and well done to Barry Hogg for helping Doris get them into the vase and looking so good.  In the picture Doris and Bob Joyce looking pretty pleased with Doris's efforts.


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