Dorothy and I had been invited to Bob, Joan and Robert's home, to view
his exhibits prior to the 2009 Southport Show. Bob's home was forty plus
miles further on and after a long and arduous drive we were relieved to
be welcomed by a homely cup of tea and delicious home made sandwiches.
Bob had placed his selected pots in his dining room by the late
afternoon. They were looking A1. I was asked which of those already
selected would I choose for the Six Board. I chose the six which I
considered to be the best matching six. I was later to find out , that
the very same
six blooms were also selected by Bob.
Inside Bob's glasshouse, I cast my eye on my very first
Mose Fadime. It had three blooms on one single stem. The smallest of the
three, was nine inches in diameter, the largest at least ten and a half
inches. All growing on one single stem. There were many blooms in the
glasshouse which were not quite ready for the Show. Others had gone past
their best [ as we exhibitors, always experience a day or so prior to
every Show ]. None the less, they looked really good. I was
exceptionally pleased that I had been invited to see Bob's glasshouse
and the opportunity to see how one of the best growers does things. I
learned a lot. The quality of his growing was to be evident in the
the next day.
Title picture: Bob smiling with
his winning Six Board at Southport.
A. Bob's selected pots
placed in his conservatory prior to the Show.
B. A nice looking Bernat Klein
with three Yellow Bali Hi in the background.
C. Yellow Bali Hi, which
destined to win the Best Bloom in Show.
D. Bernat Klein. Perfectly clean,
with not the slightest blemish or mark visible.
E. Powder Puff. Makes an excellent
pot plant as well as a cut bloom.
F. Those blooms which did not
reach the quality expected by Bob for the Show.
G. A fine example of Isobel
H. Sweet Dreams. A final check by
Bob to ensure, each bloom, was perfectly wrapped in cotton wool, ready
for the journey to the Show.
yellow seedling which will be named Joan Bryce. It was a seedling
from Monica Bryce and another yellow seedling that came from Lemondrop.
L. A massive bloom of Mose Fadime.
Rarely seen on the Show bench. It came from the same seed pod as Tom
Brownlee, however, it is more orange in colour than Tom Brownlee. There
are very few of these in circulation and a very rare sight.
Pictures & text by Ian
GREENHOUSE IN 2004 & 2007
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