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2014 Diary

Stephen Jones
THE BRITISH SOCIETY
CHAMPION   2013 & 2014
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September 

   The excitement of the show along with all the preparation has passed leaving the plants to look after as they start to slow down hopefully leaving some good tubers behind when they have finally completed their cycle of growth. Just a quick mention of last monthís National Show and exhibit transportation. I did enter and exhibit twenty one plants and after the show took them back home in the large van I hired all intact with flowers still attached although one competitor removed all the flowers from his exhibits enabling him to take them home in a smaller vehicle thus saving a considerable amount on van hire. This is something I have thought for next year but the down side of doing this is no colour in the greenhouse after the show as I only grow plants for the National. Thinking about last winter I wasnít that pleased with my efforts with storing of my tubers as mentioned earlier in my diary and loses encountered earlier this year I will try paying more attention to save the stock which served me well at this yearís National.  Fig 1 and 2 show the greenhouses with plants dropping their flowers along with some of the stems I have removed any new growth tips hopefully to save the plants energy to go back into the tuber. Each day I check the plants for any fallen stems which soon start to rot which soon spreads to the plant if the fallen stem is lodged against any live growth .This falling of the stems is the natural part of the plant closing down for the dormant period. The weather being unseasonably warm and sunny Iíve been giving the plants quite a far amount of water as now Iíve removed all the greenhouse shading the temperature soon rises inside but with the night time temperatures starting to drop I had better not get carried away with the watering can.
   21st September. The plants are slowing down Fig 3 & 4 as you can see I keep several buckets around to drop the fallen leaves and stems. I went to Cornwall this week for a short break while getting some provisions I purchased the garden news and spotted the Begonia article which made me smile, as I have mentioned Iím from Worcester and not Wales and do not run fans all night, only from 11 am until 7pm during the last month prior to the show. Saying that it was good to see the article and read the comments from this yearís National which mentioned previously was for the first time from the long established Shrewsbury Flower Show and was a great show. On my return I have taken off all the flowers as can be seen from Fig 5 & 6.The cuttings which I had taken earlier in the year have been put into my propagator although the temperatures have been higher than average for September so the electricity meter hasnít started spinning any faster. Iíve got about 40 cuttings in 3 inch pots which will need to grow I think for a couple of months before a new tuber is produced. I have read about raising new begonia plants from seed although to date I have not tried this so I have started to save some seed from my plants and next year will give this a try.
  As mentioned earlier in my diary I had been growing my tomatoes and peppers in the small green house so I have removed all of these cleaned the sand in the propagator and replaced the surrounding plastic which had started to break down from the suns UV rays. Also the tortoises which live in the small green house during the summer have also been evicted and gone to bed for their 22 week long winter.
 


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