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Countdown
to the South Coast Area Show  2010


Some of my begonias being grown as cut-bloom plants for our Show.

   I do not profess to be expert grower, especially for cut-bloom exhibiting as over the years I have mostly grown pot plants, but with the limited space available I do try to support our local Show.  I have a total of 25 plus 12 pot plants and require 10 (blooms) if I am to enter the 6,3 and 1 cut-bloom classes.
   All my begonias are grown in Scotts Levington Professional Composts, F1 with Irish moss peat for starting and M3 subsequently.  The plants were stopped at 5 weeks with a bud of about "  2 cm across and the 9" 22.5 cm plates added 2 weeks later. Watering is usually every other day with Chempak No. 4 added at alternate waterings.

Brian Simmons

Friday 9th. July
3 weeks

Friday 16th. July
2 weeks
Friday 23rd. July
1 week
Friday 30th. July
1 day

Elsie Catterall     7" pot     2 year tuber 


10" but shape all gone

Joyce Mihulka     7" pot.    cutting tuber                             


Dorsal petals speckled


edging

Whispers      7" pot.     2 year tuber                                                                         


Slight edging


edging

Tequila Sunrise     7" pot.     cutting tuber                          

Gypsy     8" pot.     2 year tuber     


just starting to edge

Golden Hind     7" pot.     cutting tuber


edging

Daisy Trinder      7" pot.     cutting tuber                       

Fantasia     7" pot.     cutting tuber                                                


Slight edging


edging

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25  plants
for cut-blooms

down to 22  plants
for cut-blooms
Most days have been hot & sunny here on the south coast.

down to 14
Most days have been hot & sunny here on the south coast.

Very disappointing!
most of the blooms unusable. Luckily I have a few more not illustrated, but even some of these are starting to edge.

Conclusion
Total failure - A combination of bad timing and mostly unfavourable hot & sunny weather throughout the 5 weeks that the blooms were developing has meant that I am left with virtually no cut blooms to exhibit.
There's always another year!
Luckily I will have a couple of pots to exhibit.

Postscript

   Early Saturday morning (the day of the Show) I was pleasantly surprised that there had been no further elimination and I had 10 presentable blooms remaining,  I would be able to enter 6, 3 & 1 after all. These 10 blooms produced 2nd. in the 6 bloom class, 1st. in the 3 and 3rd. in the 1. I was even awarded Best bloom in Show with John Harrison.

Show results & pictures to follow.
 

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