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Southport  &   National Shows,     Week 4

Robert Bryce

25th. July
   This week has been very busy. All the cut bloom plants now have plates on but I have still to tie the buds to the canes. All the multi stem plants and single stem plants with side shoots for Southport have been worked on with leaves removed to expose the developing buds and bloom supports put in. This is a job requiring a modicum of patience as it is easy to strain a bud and guess what it breaks off.
Today I broke 4 buds. However these are small disasters as there are many more.

   This week I have fed the pot plants twice, once with a full strength Chempak 3 (20-20-20) and once with a full strength Chempak 4 (15-15-30). When I fed Chempak 3 it was very sunny and it was fed at night to allow the nitrogen to hit overnight, the potash kicked in early the following morning.
The Chempak 4 was fed when the weather developed into an overcast day. 

   The cut bloom plant were fed with half strength Chempak 3. 

   It is now only 3 weeks to Southport and things tend to develop quickly from here, this week it will be taken up with adjusting the bloom supports and feeding the cut blooms. I am short of space and energy! endurance is required! I will also try to tidy up the greenhouse floor? 

   Last Sunday I went to the Scottish Begonia Society open day where I saw the best private garden I had ever seen. A 5 acre garden with lawn like a snooker table a lake with Black Swans and an island. Hedges going on forever and many multilora and basket begonias in pristine condition. The garden had previously won the best in Britain. It was truly amazing I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Robert Bryce


Joan Bryce dressed


Main greenhouse Southport pots dressed
with bloom supports in


Whispers dressed


Another view of pots for Southport


Cut blooms other side


Linda Jackson dressed


Sweet Dreams dressed


Mosie Famine dressed


Dr Eric Catterall dressed


Pot of Joan Bryce
with buds developing


Whispers dressed


Single stem with side shoots dressed with supports in

Scottish Begonia Society Open Day
Many thanks to Mr & Mrs Andrew Moore of Kilmarnock for allowing us to publish these pictures.


Leading up to house


Border at side of house


Front wall


Looking up the garden


Looking up the garden (2)


Visitor area


Border of Flamboyant


Shade area


Shade houses


Sitting conservatory with begonia baskets


Baskets inside


Other conservatory


Le Madelon basket


Another Le Madeon


Shade area 2


Dahlias in pots


Baskets and multifloras


Orange basket


Pink basket


Begonia Standard bench


Cream basket


Yellow Multiflora


Yellow seedling basket


Peardrop


Petunia baskets

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