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Members & their Greenhouses
Don Dewey  

   Don, an experienced chrysanthemum grower of many years, and still an accredited judge, took up begonia growing five year ago. He lives in Little Stoke, South Gloucestershire and has a 13 x 8 greenhouse which is now backed up by a newly constructed shade house to the side.
   He had intended to show for the first time in 2007 but unfortunately he suffered from the dreaded mite and his plants were wiped out. This year he took the precaution, as have many NBS members, of using natural predators to eradicate this problem.
   Don grows for blooms and we visited in early August, sandwiched between the South Coast and South West Shows that he entered. As a result there were only 5 blooms to view as the others plants, shown the previous week at Portchester, had been moved to the shade house and flowers removed.
   After taking one picture, disaster befell. The camera went kaput. However, we were able to catch up with the other blooms the following weekend at Bideford where Don took cards, in addition to places in the Novice and Intermediate section down at Portchester.


Shade house


Greenhouse


A "pensive Don"


Emily Rose


Firedance from a cutting tuber


Gypsy


Sweet Dreams


Fiona Ramsey


Jenny Barclay

Pictures and text by Basil Billinger  August 2008

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