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Dave Parkinson Plants
4, West Bank, Carlton,
East Yorkshire

Tel/Fax :
01405 860693


News from the nursery. Late Sept 2018

What a cold, dull and wet spring we had, which delayed the early flowering Disas. D unilangley was the 1st to flower, closely followed by D. kewensis ‘May’.

Then came the heatwave, with soaring temperatures, it was impossible to keep the greenhouses cool. So the amount of watering was increased trying keep the roots wet and cool. It takes four days to water all the Disa plants, so Dave had a constant merry-go-round watering for most of the summer. Although the foliage suffered with the extreme heat, looking pale green and untidy, the flowers thrived in the heat, producing some fantastic intense colours, possibly the best display of colour and flowers we have ever had. The downside being that the flowering season was much shorter and was finished by mid July. Very dilutive liquid feed can be given in the early autumn. As autumn progresses shorten flower stems and remove brown leaves.

Our Pleiones enjoyed the cool spring weather and flowered well, the flowers lasting for a longer time. Stop watering the Pleiones at the end of September and remove the leaves as they turn brown. Keep dry for winter.

The field Dackylorizas flowered really well with over 40 flower spikes.
In spring our first fruit orchard was a mass of beautiful blossom, resulting in an abundance of apples and pears.

Tracy’s dahlias have grown well and she has exhibited at several Northern shows with much success, turning the clock back full circle, as we started exhibiting with dahlias nearly 50 years ago. The collerette dahlias, which are open centred are a fantastic magnet for attracting bees and butterflies and asset for any garden.

We have continued to feed the garden birds all summer and provide water, we’ve been rewarded by the numbers of birds in the nursery. The goldfinches have been a lovely site. Llittle owls and buzzards have bred nearby, we have watched them with their young a real treat. Hedgehogs have been fed and watered all summer and we’ve had an increasing number appearing each evening.

Health-wise this year has been troublesome, Mary having eye operations in March and then and knee replacement in June, were hoping for continuing improvements.

We are still continuing to grow Disas and Pleiones on the nursery and will continue to sell them mail-order. At the present time we have no plans to exhibit at the shows. Please remember we are available to answer your questions and queries on the telephone.
We thank you for your interest in diesels and hope these lovely flowers will come 10 you to give you pleasure.

News from the nursery November 2017

The Disas flowered well, although the flowering season finished early, perhaps due to the changeable weather. We flowered really nice seedlings and many made an appearance at the RHS Tatton Park.

Continue to water the Disas, late autumn is time to remove the old brown leaves and stems please remember to keep the Disas damp throughout winter. Protect from frost.

Our final Pleione watering is done by the end of September, which allows the compost to dry out before winter. Remove pleione leaves as they turn brown.

We have had an abundance of garden birds throughout the summer, we are thrilled to see the return of wagtails to the greenhouses.

Daughter Tracey has grown an area of dahlias on the nursery. The collerette dahlias have been a magnet for bees and butterflies their open centres are perfect for obtaining nectar. Hedgehogs are still feeding regularly and the owls are still calling, newts and frogs are in the greenhouses.

Because of the variable weather, some plants are doing strange things, like the Magnolia grandiflora, which flowered in July (its normal time) and is now flowering again in late October.

In previous years are spring and summer have been devoted to growing and exhibiting Disas the shows. As we have decided not to exhibit in 2018, we hope to have more time to enjoy the flowers and wildlife around us.

Les Bowman

In August we attended the funeral of Les at Kirk Merrington, County Durham what a great gentleman.

We first met Les in the early 1990s when he gave a talk to Sheffield ought Orchid Society on South African disas. What an inspiration.

He was so knowledgeable about diesels, growing them himself and travelling to South Africa with his South African wife Dawn, seeing them growing in their nave native habitat and meeting all the top South African growers.

Over the years Les has become a dear friend Les was always willing to share his great knowledge and his love of Disas with other people. Each year at Raby Orchid show, he would come to our display and sit and answer questions on Disas. In 2016 wheelchair nearly blind (age 94) he still came and chatted to the public about Disas.

What a privilege to know Les, he was our inspiration and a great loss to the Disas world.

News from the Nursery October 2017

The winter was mild, cloudy, so the plants are struggled for daylight. In early March the Disas had started to produce buds. Sunshine was required to encourage new growth. A weak liquid feed was given. Late March and most of April was dull with cold nights, which slowed down bud development and growth. We had only three Disas in flower for Raby in early May. Plant stems seem to have grown very long, due to the low light levels.
Then came Sonny June, when temperatures soared and flowers appeared and opened at a rapid rate. The colours are magnificent, really vibrant and inspiring.
We have unfortunately had to withdraw our entry from Hampton Court show, due to family reasons please accept our apologies.
Many new Disa seedlings starting to flower some look very promising.

Our outdoor area of self seeded Dactyloriza are growing well with over 40 spikes of flowers ranging in colour from pale pink to purple.

We have had an abundance of wild birds using the feeders in the garden during winter and spring. Long-tailed tits have enjoyed the peanuts, as well as the Blue Tits and many Goldfinches are still feeding on the Niger seed.

Blackbirds, Wrens and Robins have all nested in the greenhouses. Sparrows and Swallows nesting in the sheds. Little owls are still calling close by. Bats are still enjoying the warm evenings what a lovely abundance of wildlife we have.