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
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
The Chempak 4 was fed when the weather developed into an
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.