Stourport 2010

Stourport 2010
Winning vase 5x 'Sarah Louise'

Sunday, 8 January 2017

First erection...

Afternoon peeps! Just a short post today showing the new chrysanthemum frame going up. In the past i'd have made do with old bits of wood but I want to do everything properly and to the best of my ability this year so I've bit the bullet and bought new wood. It's all from B&Q warehouse and I must admit was very reasonable for tantalised timber. The whole lot which makes the frame came to about £40 which I think is brilliant.
The frame will be surrounded with debris netting or similar and then when the very first buds begin to show colour I will cover the top with a polythene cover which i'll also bring down the sides to just below flowering height. This protects the developing blooms from the wind but most importantly it directs at rain away from the flowers. I shall run a path up the middle of the bed lengthways and i'll get two rows of plants in there.
I must admit I got some interesting looks from other plotholders whilst I was putting this up. Rob next door asked if I was building a house! He's a good egg and his wife Jenny- they have a wonderful plot and I think its going to be a lot of fun being allotment neighbours.

Below are a few of the xanths I've grown over the years for your enjoyment but also to remind me what I'm after... See you next weekend...
'John Wingfield'

'Apricot Courtier'

Bags all on...

'Pink John Wingfield'

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