Ok, so, a little post earlier this week (Tuesday) I wrote to tell the world we had 20 buds…..
I’ve just spent a hugely pleasant couple of hours in the greenhouse staking, tieing in and removing a few dead leaves. Oh yes, and watering.
Well, I’m now panicing again – this time because events are moving apace.
The bud count is now 46 – so well over double that meagre 20 in just 4 days. Also impressive (or worrying!) is the rate at which the spikes run up.
I also had an impressive looking plant that I’ve had to weed out. When I could see the buds, there they were fat, proud – and hugely fasciated. Darn – one of my best plants gone for a burton.
But never mind. Remember the possibles that I left in the old greenhouse? Well, they’re doing quite well and the combo of liquid feed and a top dressing of Vitax Q4 (magic stuff if you’re a delph) has worked wonders. I feel sure a few of these plants will make it to Chelsea.
Of course – if a few plants are early and a bit ‘gone over’ for display, some surgical skills to remove the shabby florets should leave me with a bunch of flowers for display on the table.
Better still are the few seedlings that I put in the greenhouse. I wasn’t too sure these would do much but they’ve progressed well with feeding. Even betterer is that they were sown after last year’s Chelsea – I feel a small vase next to the ‘Seed for Sale’ sign coming on.
Today’s been one of those days – absolutely fab!!! I’m now pretty convinced well have some nice flowers for the show and a realisation that we’re building a stand for the world to see at what is, after all, the best flower show in the world!
No pressure then.
Til next time, Mark.
By the way – I like lots of other plants too – and here’s a real beaut! Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Plena’