Preparing for Tatton Park Flower Show
I haven’t been able to put anything on my Blog for the past couple of weeks owing to technical problem. Don’t ask me what it was, probably some garden gremlin got into the works! I have to say that I am very please with onions for Tatton Park Show which we will be staging from Monday to Wednesday afternoon prior to Judging. The smallest is 21.5 inches around and the biggest at 23.5 around. There seems to be two shapes amongst them with four or five bulbs being very tall specimens.
We have been lifting vegetables since Thursday18th and hope to finish on Sunday around tea time so that the lorry can then be packed and ready to set off on Monday morning. There’s no doubt that it’s the worst possible weather for staging a display, some of the carrots immediately after lifting were very rubbery and you could even straighten out a bendy stump carrot! God only knows what they are going to look like by week on Sunday when the show breaks down.
I had a new potato on trial this year called Panther that I believe is German in origin, a first early with fantastic potential for the show bench. It however another white oval, but does crop very well giving very large tubers and I would say on the same sort of time scale as Winston. I was able to get two good sets to stage as exhibition types on the front of my stand as well as a large basket full. I don’t know if we will be selling it for next year, we are currently looking it.
My blanch leeks have survived as well and I should be able to get leeks with a length of 18 inches plus and over 9 inches in girth.
My six Cumbrian pot leeks are also looking good and they will be shown in 7 inch pots with a girth of 11 inches.
The two new Parsnips are looking tremendous with ‘T16’ appearing to be the strongest and tallest as well as being greener than T13. I shall be pulling them this morning.