Here we are nearly at the end of another year, another month and we
will be into 2018 where has 2017 gone?.
Well now that all the shows
are over and done with it's down to the more mundane jobs that
have to be done, and for me that will give me enough to do for the
next month or so until we start all over again.
I've made a start
on knocking out my Begonias, I'm about two thirds of the way through
them now. I've found a few that have gone rotten but in the main
most are looking okay up to now. Of course all this knocking out
leaves me with a lot of canes that need washing and a lot of pots,
plus in the next week or so I've got to start on knocking out all
the Chrysanthemums I'm keeping for stock for next years cutting
material and that leaves me with lots more pots and canes to clean and
that is more than double the work than with the Begonias being that
the canes are up to seven foot long and the pots are ten inch clay.
Just keeping with the Chrysanthemums I did better than I
thought I might do at the show in Chester by winning three first a
second and a third place with some quite good blooms. So that
brought my season to an end on a high. I've had a good think at what
I'm going to be growing next year and I've sorted it all out . The one
thing this year has taught me is I'm not going to be growing as many
of both the Begonias and Chrysanthemums - I had just too many this year, I
hope that doing it like I've just said I'll grow better plants
giving each one the attention they deserve, that's what I hope will
happen, only time will tell.
We haven't had one frost here, some cold
night and days but no frost, I do think it won't be too long before we
do have some but that is what you get when you live in god's own
I've spoken to two or three of the lads and they all seem
to be ahead of me with there plants shutting down but not a lot I
can do about that.
Well that's all from me for this year I'm going
on holiday for Christmas and New Year so all the very best to all of
you. I've had a good year meeting up with you all at the shows and
having a good natter and seeing some lovely pots and cut blooms
plus baskets etc.
Ta ta for now Ron