The first collars were fitted on Monday
(A) but during this process the first flower to be
discarded was a Sylvia Johnson (B),
the bud looked a little suspect and on closer inspection green fly was
evident (C). By the middle of the
week most had been fitted with collars (D).
Plant No. 2 fell by the wayside, not sure how this happened
(E) but have
my suspicions. While the
collars are fitted if possible I will start to tie the blooms back with
florist ribbon with a figure of eight (F)
this will also assist to hold the bloom up, some varieties don't need
this as they are strong enough to hold themself upright.
Blooms for the Havant show are looking a little slow, but
only time will tell, this photo taken on Sat. 14th
(G). Shows that with just 2 weeks to
go, they still have a bit of growing. The roots are already visible
through the top dressing (H).
National plants are struggling for a bit of room in the shade house
(I), the same applies in the
So with just 2
weeks to go for the Havant show I'm going to pray for a little sunshine,
not too much. Weather outlook for the next week much the same, cool and