George is getting ready

 In Blog, Bulb growing, Spring Show

Last week George started his Blog on preparing bulbs for showing at spring shows.

His Greenhouse was ready and waiting. The bulb foliage was well through the top of his plunge so he made the decision to lift them out. This is much about the same as last year when proceedings started round about Burns Night.The pots were cleaned off, removing all the plunge material and scraping off just enough compost from the tops of the pots to allow a space for watering later.  At this stage he will leave the pots un-watered and let them dry out so that he can control the watering and therefore their growth.

Greenhouse ready and waiting

Shoots emerging from the plunge

Cleaned pots

George had lifted some of his own bulbs from the allotment this year hoping that they would perform well but sad to say they appear to be a bit uneven at this stage. However he does have bulbs from Scamp, Walkers and Parkers as a safety net.




Editors note: This is a transfer from the old site which ‘escaped ‘ during the build up of the new integrated site.  New blog coming

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  • Sheila Hirsch-Kalm

    Hi George: I’m trying to follow your on line info of how your Daffodil bulbs are coming along. I live in Niagara on the Lake in ONTARIO Canada.. I have been a member of The Caley but can’t renew my membership as your site only takes UK banking, I need to pay another way to remain a member. I do come home to Scotland most years around end May into June. If I get to Gardening Scotland I then renew there. I like to think I can still participate in your organization.
    I’m watching all your Daffodil info as I will have approx 100,000 Daffodil blooms in 9 Daffodil Gardens Of Hope ( planted on behalf of all touched by cancer and those no longer with us) these planting’s are in gardens in our public spaces such as fire halls, hospitals, parks. In the fall each year I get over 400 holes prepared, using augers, then we have big event where the community is invited to come and put the bulbs (7-10) in the holes. Those most touched by cancer are the first to plant bulbs. I raise the funds to do this plus raise thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. We also encourage home owners to plant bulbs on their properties.
    My own gardens and the Daffodil Gardens project were part of our towns gold award in 2017 International Communities in Bloom submission.
    I was lucky enough one year to be in Edinburgh and attended you spring competition. Loved it.!!
    We have such cold winters compared to you, we go within days from snow to suddenly our bulbs are making a show, if temp gets to near 80tys we have to move fast to hold yellow ribbon cutting events on last planted Gardens of Hope ( or we have withering daffs!!).
    I will be staying near Aberfeldy from May 25 2018 for about a week. The bluebells are in show at that time. I’m in Scotland for 3 weeks but will be on west coast for part of visit.
    I live close to the Niagara Falls, would love to offer any of your members coming to visit the falls to come have a walk in my garden. Lots of garden clubs come visit my over 1 acre of gardens, I also specialize in Agapanthus, have a Carolinian Forest and a pond with koi ( one called HiHo Silver, knows his name and comes to blow kisses ( bubbles). He’s very long!! I’m also member of the North American Rhododendron Society and a number of other societies.
    Think it would be great to see gardeners visiting other countries meeting other gardeners.
    Hope to meet you one day?. Yours aye. Sheila Hirsch-Kalm. > <.

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