August part 1
will soon be coming to its conclusion as this month will see both cut
blooms and pot plants starting to go past their best before slowly
turning towards their dormant winter period and I see no advantage in
covering this process as many growers before me have covered it in
detail within their diaries. In addition, I would suspect that there is
only so much “food for thought” that an individual can take in any one
last two weeks I have been lifting, carrying and working on my pot
plants almost daily and to be honest I have certainly learnt a lot. Even
some of the simplest of tasks such as how to use bloom supports was a
learning curve as I had never any need to use them before. I was
fortunate enough that Phil Champion had a large number that he had never
used which I managed to acquire from him on loan. At the time it seemed
that he had given me far too many but to my astonishment I have almost
used them all and still have a number of plants to do.
I have now
changed to feeding a higher potash feed, feeding the pot plants full
strength at every watering and on a Sunday, they get plain water in
order to wash out some of the salts within the pot. The pot plant
comprising of two different cultivars would appear to have become quite
a topic of conversation which to be honest is not a bad thing.
Ultimately, I will leave it up to the legislators to decide whether or
not it is worthy of inclusion in a show schedule but either way those
among you who do not show can still have some fun and try various
different colour combinations. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
produce one last instalment to my diary when I will reflect on all that
has taken place during the last 7 months and see where the future lies
for me with pot plants.
Description of Photographs
1 – 4.
Small selection of single blooms
5 – 12. Various pot plants comprising of single, double and triple