Yet another very busy week and I think I may have bitten too much
off. I would like to get the Southport plants out of the way and
concentrate on those for the National. However I still have 2 weeks to
go. Yesterday it rained all day and today it is bright sunshine.
The Southport plants
have been dressed again with yet more leaves removed. Generally I am
happy with the timing up to now. The cut blooms are disappointing me at
present as little marks tend to appear from nowhere as they grow.
In the week gone I have
fed the pots twice with full strength Chempak 4 and on Tuesday I fed
them with Calcium Nitrate as I thought I had locked the Macrosystem in
the compost. It now appears to be unlocked.
The cut bloom plants
have been fed 3 times with Chempak 4 at half strength.
Last week I went to the
Wakefield show and Jeff Rhodes had done another excellent job. The man
of the show was Malcolm Ellis an excellent showman who won both Bronze
Medals with Helen Main plant Apricot Delight bloom.
Today I am going to Ayr
overnight visiting John Hamilton on my way before the show. I hope to
see Britain's best growers show me how it should be done!
At the moment my bed of
phlox is lighting my days. In this bed its mainly Bright Eyes and White
Admiral. I have grown phlox some 25 years or so since I was introduced
to them by my mentor Bert Cruikshank. He was the best grower of any
plant that I have ever met.
My advise this week DO
NOT OVERFEED let the plant or flower tell you what it wants and check
the weather. Be cautious as you can edge 90% of your greenhouse in a
The shows are
approaching fast now.