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CULTURAL DIARY   2017

Ron Aldous

Growing Begonias My way

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November

Today is Sunday 5/11/2017 and for us in this area it is feeling damp and cold, a big change for us for it's  been on the warm side for quite a few weeks. I like it on the cool side this time of the year, by that I mean my plants Begonias to get them to go down and for my chrysanthemums to slow them down to stop them going over the top before show time.
The talk I gave for Geoff and their members seemed to go down well and a good participation with the audience, the two hours flew by and the journey there and back was good too.
Well as ever my Begonias are really slow at shutting down which I suppose that's been due to the good warm/ mild October, I reckon it will be well into December before they go to bed, so I'll will have to keep on top of picking up dropped leaves and logs. I haven't heard much from anyone for a while so nothing to report on them.
I have been busy on the chrysanthemum front, I've judged at a couple of shows and yesterday I went with my friend to the National Chrysanthemum Show at Stafford show ground where I was pleasantly surprised at the quality on show, very good. I wished I could have been competing but I have had a bad attack of red rust. I'm going to have a good look at them this week to see if I can find any that I can show at our show in Chester this weekend, I've got some nice blooms but it's the rust that will make me show them or not. I am still thinking and I'm sure others are too of that great exhibit at our National in the seven pot class and the twelve board - fantastic, I'm told the seven pots where the best ever shown they where the best I've ever seen, so for myself that is what I will be aiming to replicate, here's hoping.

   Well  that's all for this time cheers.      Ron.

                             
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