Author: Linda Creek

Your local family run garden centre and coffee shop

Carnivorous Plants for Inquisitive Minds

     I think we would all agree that children love the unusual, the weirder the better and they don’t come much weirder than carnivorous plants.  These are the insect-eating wonders of the plant world which, because of their inability to take in nutrients via their roots, have evolved to trap and digest insects in…
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Oleander

If you like to think big in terms of conservatory  plants then you may like to consider an Oleander.   Although these shrubs are generally purchased whilst still relatively small, just bear in mind that they can grow to 5-6ft or more if given the space. I know it is sometimes difficult to find a plant…
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Trends are changing

     I have just spent a very pleasant, if somewhat hectic, weekend at an international orchid show at the Three Counties show ground at Malvern helping my other half out on his sales stand.  It is always nice to meet up with other growers and exhibitors from around the country and abroad.  The range…
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Summer Watering Tips

We are fast  approaching that time of the year again when thoughts of holidays are high on the agenda and it is not until we are nearly on the brink of packing the sun cream when somebody asks “Is anybody looking after the plants?”.  After a few blank looks and mutters of  “They will be…
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IMPATIENS “New guinea hybrids”

     When it comes to splashes of instant colour then you won’t go far wrong with the New Guinea Impatiens hybrids.  Probably more familiar under the common name of Busy Lizzie, these stunning summer flowering plants are perfect for home or garden use.   Not to be confused with the Impatiens Wallerana varieties, which are…
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TIME TO ADD TO YOUR STREPTOCARPUS COLLECTION

     Regular followers of my ramblings into the wonderful world of indoor plants will no doubt be aware of my passion for streptocarpus, the “Cape Primrose”.  This is reminder time again as the first collection of the spring season has arrived on the garden centre.      Because we use a specialist grower for our…
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BRUGMANSIA “Angels Trumpets”

    It is really beginning to feel more spring-like at the moment and young starter bedding plants are selling well now as everyone is getting in the mood for a bit of growing.  It’s surprising what a little sunshine can do!      Apart from all the usual plants for baskets and containers, our batch of…
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The origin of Mothering Sunday

     I have been delving into a little research into the origins of Mother’s Day celebrations and the term Mothering Sunday as we understand them here in the UK.   Although both are used to describe the day we show appreciation to our mums, each term is derived from totally different meanings and times.     …
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Fill that gap

     A very Happy New Year to you all.  I must admit it does not seem 5 minutes since I was wishing you a Happy Christmas. Is it just me or does time go faster as you get older?      Now that the festivities are coming to an end for another year and all…
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Deck the halls with Christmas Plants

     I seem to be a little more organised this year and all the decorations and lights are in place and I have just installed my seasonal favourite, the poinsettia, in the windowsills.  Personally, I still like the red varieties of this plant but there are other colours available if you prefer something different.…
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