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The Lonely Begonia Grower

Phil Champion's Diary
2011

INTRODUCTION

 OCTOBER
  
Shows all over, holiday been and gone back to the begonias. The end of September and well into October plants still need watering, I make sure all plants have a couple of feeds of low nitrogen feed to help ripen the tubers. Cuttings are given a balanced feed, the cuttings are kept going for as long as possible. Towards the end of September the greenhouse is cleared (A) and insulation is put in place ready for the onslaught of winter, I fix up bubble wrap first (B) then fleece on top (C). With the roof I go under the horizontal bars, it will lower the height quite a bit and I also double up on the fleece over the roof section.
   Did I mention winter, October started more like summer 30f (D). With the greenhouse now insulated time to get the cuttings in (E) and start looking for some pollen for some seed for next year. First big problem the greenhouse is full with cuttings, I must have got carried away with the kraft knife again (F). The shade house is also full to bursting point (G) and still some plants & cuttings to find room for (H). Somehow they all need to end up in the greenhouse. Will have to have a big cut back before next year starts, a cut back on the amount of varieties will also have to be put into place.
   With the weather being so warm and mild, time to look for a few grains of pollen. To date I have pollen from Sweet Dreams, (I) Powder Puff, Evelyn Dunn, (J) Beryl Rhodes, Golden Hind & George McCormick. A small paint brush is used to transfer the pollen (K). Once the cross is made it's not long before the petals fall & the stigma starts to turn brown and wither (L) hopefully the seed pod will stay on till it has ripened. The only plants left flowering now is this group of Evansiana in the garden (M). Must now get on with a list of varieties that I will keep for showing next year and reduce the number of plants I grow.
  


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