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CULTURAL DIARY   2017

Ron Aldous

Growing Begonias My way

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May

I have had a fairly busy month here on at my place with one thing or another.  I don't know about you guys but with us here on the north west of Wales we have enjoyed some quite decent weather for a week or two, the only one thing that persisted was a a light coolish breeze but on the whole not bad at all.
The warm weather as brought both the Begonias and my Chrysanthemums on.  I've had my begonias in their final pots for three weeks or more ,a little sooner than last year and for the last day or two I've been putting my Chrysanthemums into their final pots 10" 9" 8" pots again a couple of weeks earlier than last year.
I am sure like most of us at this time of the year my greenhouse is full and it is only now the last day or two that I'm potting up my chrysanthemums and moving them into my shade house that I'm finding room to start and spread my begonias out more.  I have still to pot up the ones I grow for cut blooms but I'm not serious about those   ha.ha.
I have started to give an overhead spray of brown maxicrop three times a week just watering to the pots and I am going to start inserting my canes so I can start to shape my plants, lots of work ahead. This year I have used Singletons compost made up to my specification JI No 2 and all the stuff I have grown in it is doing well.

 I had a visit from our Vice Chairman ten or so days ago, Peter drops in when he is doing a delivery at Asda in Llandudno. We have a chat and compare how our begonias are doing and as usual he says I might as well chuck mine in the bin but I know it's all rubbish, I think we all get to know one another well after a year or so.

 Well it won't be long now before I make a start on making up all my baskets and mangers, more work it's a good job we like what we do as a hobby,  well that's all for this month hope everyone's stuff is coming along like my own so if you like to show we can have some competitions.

 See you all soon  Ron

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