This Is The Dahlia Garden
By Ken Stock
I can almost hear the bees at work, Mrs. Josie Gott and Jack's whole family are
very lucky lot. The photographs has an air of a country estate, I shouldn't
think anybody would dare to shout out, or rev their car engine anywhere near
this heavenly place.
Look how the dark leaf mix in well with the greens. Photo on the right is
Evita his top selling dahlia 2005
I practically certain the little group of Art Nouveau hugging
the left of the secomd picture are what I sent him this spring. Directly behind
them is another variety from the Gallery range called Art Decor. Top left on
it's own that unusual red and white variety called Asahi Choji, I think Jack
said it come over from Japan. There's a similar variety on the NDS site called
Twyning's Candy, you can see it if you go into Wisley trials. Time you cut the
lawn Jack it's looking tatty. Did I get some stick for those last few words, it
appears Josie cuts the grass. Whoops, me and my big mouth. Only kidding Josie.
It is really surprising how all these various colours blend
to make a wonderful pictures, who ever heard of red with soft pink, going into
corn yellow, there's even a self sown pansy to add to the scene.
I'm glad I've done this for ol' Jack, there's a lot of
constant work here, you'll have to watch your hips when you reach my age. What I
love is the easy way that each group fits in, nothing clashes, everything
either harmonises or contrasts with it's neighbour, as most things in nature do.
This is the group Jack's trying to produce now with scent
A New Seedling 2005
Well this is the last part of the little article I've done
about Jack Gott's front garden, he's come along way since he dug up the first
few seedlings out of the crevices between the front wall, and the path. It is
incredible how this native from old Mexico can produce seed, and it can survive
the Winters of Cumbria, we're not talking Bournemouth now, this is where even
the sheep put on their fir coats as soon as October's over. The last photograph
is a shot of Jack's seedlings in this years National at Harrogate, you can just
see the first prize card on the right of the container, and the tally of points
card to the left. These points aren't given by any National Points Judge either,
this class is judged by the general public, and Jack got the vote hands down.
Winner of bowl class Harrogate 2005
This class is judged by the public
Jack's dark leaf seedlings
You can see the score (results on the left)
Now before you leave this special place, come and take a look
with me at the power house at the rear of his delightful front garden.
The photograph was handed to Jack from a chap a couple of
doors away. He was doing some repairs to his
property when he spotted the scene below, and he couldn't afford to miss
the opportunity to snap up this early morning splendour. A couple of days went
by when he knew he couldn't keep it to himself, so he gave to Jack, who passed
it on to me. Now I'm making sure the World can see where this dedicated grower,
breeder, and showman creates his new varieties to satisfy passer-bys, and
It's a good view of the full plot with the plastic
tunnels, and the 25ft greenhouse to the left, and all the transporting trays in
front of it . You can just about see ol' Jack in
amongst his pompons. He hopes to put up another tunnel at
the end of the short one next year, with a plastic top, and a fine net around
the sides, just to grow dahlias to take seed from. How he put it was "To save
seed your way" meaning hand pollinated, good on you Jack. If anyone deserves a
break in life you do, but of course life isn't like that is it? But one day Jack
perhaps your dreams will come true, and you'll get that nursery you long for.
Let's see what 2006 brings.
See you at the trials.
You have done a wonderful job
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