Author: Linda Creek

Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima

Euphorbia pulcherrima, more commonly known as poinsettia, is a large deciduous shrubby plant with red bracts (modified leaves) originating in Mexico.  In its natural habitat it can reach 5′ or 6′ in height, not a very practical plant for the house, but careful breeding over the years has resulted in some lovely compact varieties ideal…
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Hippeastrum Hybrids – Amaryllis

Hippeastrum hybrids, more commonly referred to as Amaryllis, are a firm favourite around Christmas and  New Year.  Specially prepared bulbs planted at the end of October or early November should show results around Christmastime or early in the new year. The  large trumpet-shaped blooms are a truly spectacular sight forming on tall stems which rise…
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Re-potting orchids

Potting up any plant can seem like a daunting task when you are not familiar with the procedure and orchid plants generally tend to be the ones that cause a bit of a panic situation.  The following tips should help to make it a simple and enjoyable job because there is nothing better than seeing…
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Indoor Cyclamen

I love this time of year when the indoor cyclamen are arriving at the garden centre again, even if it does herald the start of the colder months.  The colours are so cheerful and really brighten up the darker winter months. The main requirements for  achieving success with cyclamen are cool and light conditions.  Put…
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A timely reminder to plant your prepared bulbs

If you haven’t already done so, it is not too late to plant  bulbs to provide a floral display indoors during the winter.   Look for bulbs that are labelled as “prepared” when choosing for early indoor flowering,  hyacinths and narcissus being the most popular. Plant the bulbs in bulb fibre or a general-purpose compost in…
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Keeping Indoor Ferns Happy

If you read my last article you will be aware that I am a firm believer in the addition of some plants into the home, not only to give a pleasing effect but to improve the air quality, and what could be more easy on the eye than a fern or two. The Victorians loved…
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SCHEFFLERA ACTINOPHYLLA “Umbrella Tree”

  First glance at this indoor plant will reveal why it bears the common name of “Umbrella Tree”,  with the leaves branching out from short stems creating the shape of an umbrella.  Although the original variety  bore just plain green leaves there are now many variegated versions available.  Look out for “Trinette” and “Gold Capella…
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ST. PAULIA IONANTHA African Violet

St. Paulias (African Violets) seem to go from strength to strength when it comes to variety with many more bi-coloured and double flowered versions been added to the list of choices.  Just before Christmas we had a rather unusual variety in called “In the Green” which had green and white frilled flowers, a far cry…
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Lemon Trees

A mature lemon tree can make a spectacular addition to the summer patio and along with its perfume and fruit, it can be a real winner. For those of you who have been enquiring about lemon trees recently we now have some starter plants in stock at the garden centre. I will keep a look…
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BRUGMANSIA Angel’s trumpet

You may be forgiven for not recognising the name Brugmansia but chances are you will know it under its other name of  Datura.  In actual fact Daturas are more likely to be found on sale during early summer as half-hardy annuals, Brugmansias are the tender shrubby species which require over-wintering under cool frost-free conditions. It…
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