Hope your begonias are all developing well and they will be at the
Southport is now over and I managed an entry in the 20
pot group, 6 pot, 3 pot, 1 pot, 12 cut blooms, 6 cut blooms. 3 x 3
boards and single cut blooms. I was defeated by Peter Sourbutts in the
20 pot and 6 pot. I won the 12 cut blooms with my worst ever 12 board so
this was a contrast. I won the best pot with Fair Maid of Perth and
Terry Tasker won the Best Bloom with Gypsy. My pot of Joan Bryce was
wonderful but suffered travel damage and due to lack of time it needed
some blooms taking off. It was still considered for best pot. I will
have to be more careful and less busy next time. Altogether I spent 6
hours on the roads too and from Southport they were very bumpy and
nearly every bloom had bounced off their flower supports.
All in all I was pleased with my attempt at the 20 pot
class a class which I have never attempted before. Peter, Tom and Colin
were a tremendous help to me along with a number of other members.
Thanks all. Southport was the best supported show I have seen for many
years. The organizers must have been delighted.
Vincent Potts was delighted with the NBS North West Area
Stand with a trophy awarded and a Large Gold. Well done Vincent and all
For me it was a relief to get the plants out of an
expanding greenhouse get them to the show and home. I then had some more
bloom supports to work with! My next challenge at the National awaits
the British Championship 7 pot. I have spent two days dressing the
likely plant and I am pleased with them. Since my last update I have fed
with a half teaspoonful of Monomonium Phosphate and half teaspoonful of
Potassium Nitrate to a gallon and a half water. This softened my plants
and blooms but they are now hardening up. My next feed will be a full
strength Chempak 4. My last feed will be a full strength Chempak 8.
I will be judging at South Wales this weekend. I have
been very busy! See you all at the National.