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Countdown   2012
to the
South Coast Area Show   &   National Show

Phil Champion

 17th. June
  It's fast approaching show time, my first will be the South Coast Show on the 28th. & 29th. July at Havant Garden Centre, it's now only 6 weeks away all buds have been removed up till this time and now have to allow the next 2 buds to develop. I have selected 40 plants grown for cut blooms for the show, these are in the shade house (A) along with plants for the National which is 8 weeks away (B). There are approx. 60 plants for the National in the shade house (C). The greenhouse (D & E) is full of plants just for the National, another 80 plus plants.
   You may have noticed that the plants on the left hand side of the shade house are facing the wall, this is because the plants tend to lean forward if left facing towards the light (F). All plants have had 2 feeds, one feed of calcium nitrate and have now had a balanced feed.
   This plant of Anniversary (G) was going to be a restricted pot, but have changed my mind and will remove the side shoots. I had tried to grow a couple of pots but things have not quite worked out, this one the side shoot failed to grow sufficiently (H). This pot of Sceptre has been grown as a single stem in a 10'' pot but has 6 side shoots, (I) this is just for a bit of fun. This is some of the plants ready to allow to flower Isabel Keenan (J) Fred Martin (K) & Can Can (L).
   Over the next 8 weeks I will try to give an insight to my approach to the shows, first decision will be trying to guess what the weather might do, will it stop raining and will the sun come out to play.


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Week 2    24th.June          Week 3   1st. July          Week 4   10th. July
Week 5   16th. July          Week 6   23rd. July           Week 7  29th. July          Week 8   8th. August

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