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When is a flower not a flower and even prettier

October 2, 2014 0 comments
Bougainvillea 4 Oct2014

Often with greenhouse plants we find beautiful blooms such as Bougainvillea are not really flowers at all. These are spectacular displays of modified leaves termed bracts. These bracts form the visible ‘blooms’ and look wonderful for many weeks. Whereas the… Read More


August 27, 2014 0 comments

Sounds like a sneeze, but very pretty, Kalanchoe Kalanchoes are tender greenhouse succulents with masses of brilliantly coloured small flowers that last many weeks in bloom. Most species come from West Africa, Asia and Madagascar, though the name is apparently… Read More

Indian Cress

August 1, 2014 0 comments

Without a greenhouse you can easily produce a near miraculous wonder crop. Indian cress grows luxuriantly from late spring till the autumn frosts almost anywhere, however under cover you will enjoy it for much much longer and without the weather… Read More

Sweet Basil: King of the Kitchen Herbs

June 26, 2014 0 comments
Small leaf basil 5 July 2014 - edited

Whereas many greenhouse plants are essentially decorative or useful basils may be both. Crucial fresh as an essential culinary herb a pot or several of basil can also be rather attractive especially the small leaved sorts. Indeed pots of manicured… Read More

Scarlet Geranium

June 3, 2014 0 comments
zonal pelargonium 5 (edited)

This greenhouse family gives us surprisingly tough house and conservatory plants, also loved as outdoor summer bedding and happy in fairly cramped containers. These have gorgeous flowers and beautiful foliage year round in a bewildering range of colours. With different… Read More

Colour every day of the year

April 28, 2014 0 comments

With a greenhouse or conservatory it is easy to enjoy fresh flowers every day of the year. However this can mean keeping a large number of very different plants as each will only bloom over a limited period. Very few… Read More

A dirty habit but a beautiful plant

March 27, 2014 0 comments
N. sylvestris 4

Until recently greenhouse pests were fumigated with smoke from smouldering tobacco. For nicotine kills most creatures in addition to long term damage when smoked by us foolish humans. Tobacco is now considered a rather dirty habit but the plants themselves… Read More

Grow your own parrots

January 29, 2014 0 comments
parrot plant

A Parrot plant will be the most fascinating display in your greenhouse or conservatory. It will, if grown well be most impressive and flamboyant. Even grown badly it will still be curious and interesting. For this is one of those… Read More

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