Queen of Night

There’s a plant I have, sat in the dining room that goes by some very evocative names, Reine de la Nuit, the Queen of Night, Night Blooming Cereus, Brahma Kamal, […]

Three Strikes and Out

Weather-wise, we’ve had a terrible start to the gardening season for 2018. Winter long outstayed its welcome and in fact returned several times to make sure we wouldn’t forget it. […]

Blooming Marvellous

Well, it’s been a few weeks since the two flower heads on the strelitzia tipped, ready to open and we now have the first set of flowers on display: This […]

Seven Years in Waiting

Seven years. Gardeners are a patient lot, they have to be. Many plants work on the timescale of years; a year to germinate, a few years to move on from […]

Spice it up with a Ginger

One of the best things about growing in the UK and particularly in the south is pushing the boundaries on just what you can get away with growing. As I look […]

Time to Water the Orchids

Over the years I’ve accumulated many indoor orchids, all of the phalaenopsis (moth)┬átype. The first couple were bought, several others were gifted and several more were donated from people who […]

Cheap Frontage Upgrade

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a detached house in possession of a long frontage, must be in want of clematis. Or so the line goes. Many people know […]

The Star of India

It’s been the best part of a year since we made a particularly sinful trip to the local Garden Centre and came away with three climbers: A climbing hydrangea A […]

Update from Wisteria Watch

In the UK there’s a series of “watch” programs on TV that attempt to keep us in tune with the seasons: SpringWatch AutumnWatch WinterWatch Wildlife Watch Oddly, summer doesn’t get […]

Strelitzia Progress

As you may know, Strelitzia Reginae (Bird of Paradise) is one of my favourite plants. A good few years ago, I sowed a whole bunch of seeds, out of which […]