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CULTURAL DIARY   2018
John Hamilton
National Begonia Society Cut Bloom Champion  2008   2002
British Begonia Champion  2012  2009  2008  2004
SBS Pot Plant Champion 2012

 

January

Most of the cutting tubers are now underway and this prompted a decision to box them up into new compost.  This year I decided on Clover Multipurpose for this task.  It has meant getting the propagating house back into action and I took the chance to add a twenty-foot cable to the 80-foot cable that was already in the misting bed.  This done the tubers were all boxed up and moved to the three propagating areas I use.  The cooler temperatures will slow down growth, but as most of these will not be flowered until September this is fine.

I had intended to start the adult tubers at the middle of the month, but some inclement weather decided otherwise, and I had to spend the weekend shovelling almost 18 inches of snow off the greenhouse roof.  The dogs certainly liked the weather better than both me and the begonias.

The main propagator was filled by the first weekend in February and the season now well and truly underway.  The starting mix is slightly different, Clover Potting with the addition of some perlite, should hopefully allow me to keep the tubers growing in the propagator for a bit longer to make up for the late start. I had previously moved the tubers into a warmer room for three weeks and as most of the tubers had started to pip hopefully they will get away quickly.  For the first two weeks I keep the covers on top which keeps the warmth up.

On discovering that this year is the 70th Anniversary Show I have looked through the archives to find a picture of my first exhibit which was lucky enough to be a winning one.  Hopefully entries will be just as good this year. It does not seem twenty years since this took place.

It is our first meeting in Scotland second week in February, I am looking forward to meeting Michael, and the gang and as I am speaker no doubt some revenge heckling will be in order.  The friendly ribbing that takes place helps to keep meetings fun.


Snow


Dogs playing in the snow.


Small propagator


Small propagators


Adult tubers


Mist

Winning twelve board National Show 1998

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British Begonia Champion  12 Cut Blooms   2012

      
Scottish Championship 9 Pots    2012

John's Open Days
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