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2014 Diary

Stephen Jones
THE BRITISH SOCIETY
CHAMPION   2013 & 2014
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December 

  The tubers are inspected every of couple weeks throughout the winter to make sure that any rot is spotted early and can be removed. On checking you may recall I failed last winter and lost a lot of my mature tubers not realising they had rotted although I had been looking at them quite often. As it was pointed out to me young tubers can survive with the callus being left on but the more mature tubers do rot where the old shoots came from the previous season so I learned the hard way to make sure I find these calluses as there being more than one on mature tubers. I was lucky being supplied with some really good stock to start my 2014 season after other members reading of my tuber losses. All my cuttings have finished and these tubers are in the garage along with my mature tubers so no electric propagator or heaters running.

   This is the end of the growing season in my greenhouse and garden sharing my growing details I hope you have enjoyed the diary and found it helpful in some way. This is only the way I do it and as always if your way works fine for you carry on with that way. As I have mentioned Iím no expert just a keen amateur in growing these plants and not a seasoned grower but do enjoy these plants colours and the attention they attract when grown to their full potential.
   Through the year I recall a mistake with using paint to try and shade the greenhouse roof with emulsion paint which didnít work they must have changed the ingredients over the last 30 years time does fly. I didnít show you the mess that was produced with all the bits of dried paint all over the slabs flower beds etc but ha ho you canít win um all, I hope if you did try the white paint you were able to clean up your mess. I have spoken to one person who found out it didnít work.
   Hopefully the compost formulation I use the weather and temperature along with all the other factors involved with growing will be favourable next season then I can try to defend the championship at the National at Shrewsbury Flower show in August. There are several pictures I have taken over the past year which I thought would brighten the page for my last time .Fig 1 shows inside the greenhouse of Terry carr what a cracking display in one of his greenhouses. Fig 2 and 3 shows a small selection of plants on offer when we visited Vibrex nursery in Warwickshire which is open to the public during week days. The pictures Fig 4 to fig 10 shows a selection taken in my greenhouses this year.
   Have a good new year and perhaps try growing some of these flowers if you donít already and maybe enter a show I may see you at Shrewsbury.

  Ian Rhys Williams gave me a call reminding that trophies need to be back in at the AGM in January which I would be unable to attend; this is so they can be engraved ready for next season. That I know of there are no members close to me that would attend the AGM but fortunately I was making a trip to Yorkshire last weekend so I phoned our President Jeff Rhodes we were able to drop them off and had a welcome cup of coffee to break our journey. He showed Jane and I his collection of begonias overwintering in his insulated and double glazed green house maintained at a temperature of 50įf .Just leaving and he said come and take a look at this and as you can see from Figs 11 to 16 all the equipment and items he uses to produce the society begonia flower supports also giving us a quick demo. Thatís one thing I learnt all the parts are sourced bent to shape and assembled by Jeff and not just bought in readymade from a manufacturer what a great job he has been doing for many years.
   Good luck to members of the National Begonia Society and wishing you all well for the fast approaching growing season.


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Many thanks Stephen for an excellent series allowing us to follow your year.
The 2015 Diary by 2014 National Cut Bloom Champion Michael Richardson
starts on Friday 2nd. January  2015.

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