Gardener’s top tips for horticultural society
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