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Southport  &   National Shows,  2013

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Robert Bryce

1st. August
 
Yet another very busy week and I think I may have bitten too much off. I would like to get the Southport plants out of the way and concentrate on those for the National. However I still have 2 weeks to go. Yesterday it rained all day and today it is bright sunshine.

  The Southport plants have been dressed again with yet more leaves removed. Generally I am happy with the timing up to now. The cut blooms are disappointing me at present as little marks tend to appear from nowhere as they grow.

  In the week gone I have fed the pots twice with full strength Chempak 4 and on Tuesday I fed them with Calcium Nitrate as I thought I had locked the Macrosystem in the compost. It now appears to be unlocked.

  The cut bloom plants have been fed 3 times with Chempak 4 at half strength.

  Last week I went to the Wakefield show and Jeff Rhodes had done another excellent job. The man of the show was Malcolm Ellis an excellent showman who won both Bronze Medals with Helen Main plant Apricot Delight bloom.

  Today I am going to Ayr overnight visiting John Hamilton on my way before the show. I hope to see Britain's best growers show me how it should be done!

  At the moment my bed of phlox is lighting my days. In this bed its mainly Bright Eyes and White Admiral. I have grown phlox some 25 years or so since I was introduced to them by my mentor Bert Cruikshank. He was the best grower of any plant that I have ever met.

  My advise this week DO NOT OVERFEED let the plant or flower tell you what it wants and check the weather. Be cautious as you can edge 90% of your greenhouse in a single day.

The shows are approaching fast now.

Robert Bryce


Main greenhouse with 14 days to Southport


More pots for Southport


Bali Hi
and Linda Jackson buds


Red seedling


Single stems with sideshoots


More single stems


Cut blooms


More cut blooms


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Phlox

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