Gar­dener’s top tips for hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety

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A HOR­TI­CUL­TURAL group en­joyed a talk by a gar­dener with an ex­pert knowl­edge of grow­ing pinks and car­na­tions.

Ian Lowe, from High Park Nurs­eries in South­port, at­tended a meet­ing of Bolling­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety to talk about the flow­ers.

He is one of the few spe­cial­ists in these flow­ers and ex­hibits them at all the ma­jor shows.

He told the group members, who meet reg­u­larly for a va­ri­ety of events, that he sells plants, not cut flow­ers, as these are nearly all grown more cheaply in Colom­bia, sub­sidised by the Amer­i­can govern­ment.

Pauline Ped­lar, from Bolling­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety, said Ian has an ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of all as­pects of gar­den­ing.

She said: “Ian im­pressed the group with his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge.

“He said the rea­son that florists’ car­na­tions have no smell is be­cause the sweet-smelling va­ri­eties tend to be less per­fect in ap­pear­ance and do not last as long.

“Re­cently how­ever, the gene which car­ries the scent has been iden­ti­fied, and he be­lieves that in sev­eral years, florists will be sell­ing roses and car­na­tions of a very high stan­dard that are scented.”

Ian gave tips on how best the grow the flow­ers.

Pauline said: “He told us that com­post pro­vides nu­tri­tion for plants for about a month.

“Af­ter this, it is nec­es­sary to give plants reg­u­lar feeds.

“Liq­uid feeds are by far the best be­cause the long-last­ing, slow-re­lease pel­lets are only ac­ti­vated by heat.

“When it is cold, these pel­lets are in­ef­fec­tive.

“Although hardy car­na­tions and pinks will tol­er­ate cold, they will not sur­vive damp and cold.

“Ian rec­om­mended over-win­ter­ing car­na­tions in an un­heated green­house.

“Af­ter his talk there were plants for members of the group to buy, so in­ter­est­ing va­ri­eties and colours of car­na­tions should ap­pear in Bolling­ton gar­dens this sum­mer.”

So­ci­ety members hear reg­u­lar talks, hold an­nual shows and take part in vis­its. The next meet­ing is on Thurs­day, June 16, at Bolling­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 7.30pm. Mar­garet Turner will talk about Con­tainer Gar­den­ing.

For members it costs £1.50 and for non­mem­bers £3.

●● Ian Lowe, from High Park Nurs­eries in South­port, came to Bolling­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety to talk about Pinks and Car­na­tion

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