March 14th – Report from George Anderson on preparing for the Spring Show
Thursday 14th March: Only just over a week to go and things are not going too well. There has been very little sunshine really and the temperatures have been a bit on the low side.
However the pots I brought into the house on Monday have moved on and the White Hyacinths which were wearing a scarf of snow on Monday. Are now well advanced. It just shows you how much difference a little rise in the temperature makes to growth.
The pots of Caley bulbs have been a bit slow and need some extra heat to try to get their buds to open. Arkle is a showing colour, Surfside is well into flower but a bit thin in number of flowers per pot.
The tulips are holding well and have been set out in the sunshine (what there is of it) to get them to open and colour up a bit.
Jersey Roundabout is needing a bit of a push so is inside, and Sportsman is thinking about showing colour and is inside also just to get it to hurry along.Remember to keep your pots well watered.
The pots of cut flower bulbs are very slow as well this year and I am currently rotating them, one day inside and then outside again to be replaced by others from the poly tunnel.
This is when I wish they were better trained and could respond to the whistle and just line up at the back door when it was their turn to come for a heat.
There are a reasonable number of flowers showing in the pots in the warm corner and while there are not as many as in previous years there will be some for the show bench after all.
More on Sunday or Monday