Hi All, we in Blackburn have had mixed weather over the
past couple of days rain and wind yesterday sunny, still and warm today.
I have been very busy getting my pots ready for transport to Southport
Show. I am exhausted with preparing and cotton wooling the blooms to
keep damage to a minimum. Whew what a day!
On Saturday last I visited East Anglia Show with my wife Joan and
brother Alan. Everyone was very friendly and enthusiastic and I would
have liked to have stayed longer but I was due at my youngest brothers
barbecue party. So it was 3.5 hours there, 2 hours at the show then 3.5
hours home followed by a clean shirt and a late night. Neville Janick
had certainly fed his begonia cut blooms this year and he won the 6
Board. Congratulation this was his best too date. Dave Staines was 2nd
with I think his best attempt at cut blooms yet again congratulations.
The winning bloom of Lucy Allely was on a winning 3 board grown by John
Allely and it was lovely. The judge Dave Coates really liked it. The
species were very clean and there were some excellent exhibits but
unfortunately the battery on my camera ran out sorry to the exhibitors.
I have always liked the East Anglia crew they are bursting with
enthusiasm. John Taylor as always was leading from the front although he
was handicapped with a trapped nerve in his arm. I wish him and his
helpers well for the future. They are a fantastic area of our Society.
Now I have completed my first phase of growing my pots tomorrow I pick
up the van at 08-00 hrs and take the plants and stage them. This will be
an arduous task which I hope I am up to. When a return the van at 20-00
hrs I will then see if I can fulfil my cut bloom entries. This will be
interesting as I have hardly looked at them this week to spare myself
Tonight I checked the pots for cut bloom just to make sure they are
quite dry this ensures the blooms are hard when they are cut. Wet pots
means soft blooms which we do not want! Finally today I watered all the
Birmingham pots as I will not give them any care until after Southport
Just heard that Alan Harris cannot judge at Southport as he has fallen
ill. I wish him well and hope he makes a recovery soon.
Well now for the exhibiting and judging.. I am hoping for a trouble free
day tomorrow and some good luck over the coming days.
If you are feeding pots for a show I suggest full strength Chempak 4
with the current weather.
Best Wishes to you all!! .