Today it is 35 days to
Flower Show judging and the last 7 days have been sweltering in
the 80's! My buds were taken last week with all plants for Southport
having their growing shoots pinched out above the selected bud at 1.1
inches (old two shilling piece). This allows all the plants energy to
put into the stems and flowers. The stems and flower buds have swollen
My problems this
week have been weather related. How do I feed with anything nitrogen
based as this softens the plant and leaves can melt when soft in strong
sun. In the end I fed a half strength Phostogen N5.6, P2, K7 as I had
run out of Chempak 3 last Sunday. I have to confess to melting two young
leaves and also have stem rot in one of my three Robert Tyler Murphy's.
This was caused by the butt of a removed flower stem. No problem with
the plant but with no bud it cannot be flowered this year. These are the
trials and tribulations of a begonia grower! I have realized that after
feeding I should have put fleece over the plants to shade them.
I spent yesterday
potting my small seedling tubers into 6" pots. These are in my shade
house at the side of my garage. These were seedlings from last year that
due to my illness I did not flower. Crosses were with Monica Bryce (pol),
Millenium, Apricot Loveliness (pol) and Mary Heatley. I think on Mary
Heatley I only got 4 seeds to germinate. However out of the 40+ plants I
hope to find something to wet my appetite. I expect to see yellowy
oranges, lemons and both cream and yellow pics. I can dream!
I will be taking
Birmingham buds on Roy and Kath Hartley and Tom Brownlee pots this
weekend. As you can see there is not much going on in my greenhouse at
Mid week I went
to King Vin Potts who lives down the road about 3 miles away he was out
but I took some photo's which I can share with you. One greenhouse is
full of multi floras that are for the Society stand at Southport.
Another has his rexes and canes for exhibiting at Ayr and other shows in
England. Hope you enjoy them!
As I had no
flowers to show you I went back to the bloom of Symestar that I grew
from a March rooted cutting given to me by John Hamilton. This made the
best cut bloom I have ever grown but like all my tubers was not flowered
last year due to my illness. However I will be flowering 3 of these this
year. I have also included a photo of Jimmy Mack another new one this
was not at its best and it can be better.
you all again next week be careful with your feed do not make the
mistakes that I have made.