Author: Linda Creek

All Change in our Houseplant Department

What a busy few weeks we have had at the garden centre and for those of you who think I have disappeared off the face of the planet fear not, the houseplant department  has simply re-located into another greenhouse. I know some of our regular customers have been wondering what has happened and we thank…
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Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana – Flaming Katy

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is a  bushy succulent originating in Madagascar and  the common name “Flaming Katy” derives from the original red species.  Through years of hybridising however we can now enjoy this flowering houseplant in many other colours although its common name seems to have stuck with it. I would consider this plant a good one…
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Jasminum Polyanthum “Pink Jasmine”

The jasmine family covers a wide range of varieties including  evergreen and deciduous climbers and shrubs.  For the purpose of this article I am concentrating on the tender variety Jasminum Polyanthum.  This type would probably grow outdoors in the southern counties of Britain but this far north it needs the protection of a greenhouse or…
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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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A few jobs before Christmas

I think you will agree that we are having some very abnormal weather for the time of year but it is certainly saving on the heating bills.  My other half hasn’t complained of cold feet yet, which is usually a sure indication of snow on the way!  By the time you read this however things…
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Christmas Plant Survival Tips

Most of us enjoy the addition of some seasonal houseplants along with the traditional Christmas decorations and I hope these few tips will help you to keep them as bright and beautiful as the tinsel throughout the festive season and beyond. The most popular indoor plant at this time of the year has to be…
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Time to check on your forced bulbs for winter colour

     By the time you read this article we will be into December and if you haven’t already done so it is a good idea to check on your pots of bulbs for indoor flowering. I have several pots of prepared hyacinth bulbs in the garden shed under a black polythene sheet and having…
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Choosing the Right Compost

     When it comes down to choosing the right compost for indoor plants the selection on offer can be a little daunting.  With so many different types on the market these days you can be forgiven  for just opting for the first one you see and hoping for the best.  However, if you bear…
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Air Plants

     If you like your indoor plants to be clean and easy to look after then I might just have the solution.  Having just taken delivery of a selection of  Tillandsias, more commonly referred to as “Air plants”, I am delighted to be able to offer these little gems once again as I have…
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Preparing Indoor Plants for the cooler weather

     Are we having summer at last?  Just when I had decided that my summer clothes would be heading for their winter quarters, out comes the sun.  Long may it last, but by the time you read this anything could have happened!      I am in the process of preparing my conservatory for the…
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