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Peter's Potting Shed, the retreat

Peter Sourbutts Diary
2013
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JUNE
   June was a busy month, with bedding out the garden and trying to keep on top of things, as well as trying to keep the Robin from nesting in the Honeymoon basket, he thought it was a great idea and was evicted more than once from the Greenhouse. What a welcome sight the Sun was for everyone, if only in dribs and drabs.
   As you can see from the photos the garden is now on its way to its Summer display, and the baskets are beginning to take off, thought the weather has predicted to be hot by 2nd week July I will have to keep on top of the watering and feeding which I do at quarter strength with chempax  no 3 at every watering, for the garden, tubs, baskets and cutting tubers.
    I have now started to select the plants for Southport Show, with the help of my Begonia buddies. I am selecting plants with one main steam, 3 - 4 side shoots and facing forward for the 20 pot display. For my one pot I will select plants with an all round look, with 3 main steams and 3 sides shoots on each steam. Easier said than done.!!!! The other things I find myself constantly looking for are them little pests that can do so much harm, also the mildew, which can become prominent with the hot and humid weather. The sulphur fumer is on for 3 hrs three times a week at night to try and combat both. 
Will keep you all update on the progress of my Begonias, stress allowing!!!!


Front garden.


Illumination Apricot.


Small greenhouse.


Honeymoon.


Firedance.


Bob Bon Cherry.

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