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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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Planting for Early Next Year!

Only the deep pink/purple coloured Cyclamen hedrifolium are still blooming in the woodland garden apart from a solitary white flowering one that has sneakily appeared under my seat and its little flowers seem to be stretching their necks out to catch a glimpse of the sun. The Cyclamen coum are leafing up and are dotted…
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Halloween Spooktacular Scunthorpe 2016

Silica Lodge welcomes all scary creatures, mums, dads, boys, girls, witches, wizards ghosts & ghouls to our brand new Halloween spooktacular party night, jump aboard our Halloween train ride where you’ll see all types of scary creatures, if you survive the ride it’s then onto our pumpkin hunt around the centre, before heading to the…
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Conifers Can Have a Place In Gardens!

I remember first noticing the huge dark green overbearing, unpruned leylandii conifers at the end of my garden on the other side of the fence and at the time I didn’t like them at all. Over the years I’ve changed my mind about them, evolved as a gardener and grown to love them, so much…
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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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Still Enjoying The Summer and Preparing for The Seasons Ahead!

The beauty about gardening is depending on how you have set out your garden and the plants in it will determine how much work is needed to keep them maintained and looking good as well as preparation tasks for the following season. Its up to you! My garden is a very busy garden with a…
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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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