Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Not in the Garden December 2017

When it's very cold, snowy, windy and wet in the garden, I love the flowers on my houseplants. These are mostly orchids. In another role I was in touch with an orchid expert, Isobyl La Croix, a world-renowned botanist specialising in orchids. She kindly gave me some growing tips when, some years ago, I was researching orchids used in ceramic design.

I manage now to get my various windowledge-grown phalaenopsis into flower each year and am very proud, and a little smug, that I manage to do this! It still amazes me that the flowers can last 6 months.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Butterflies September 2017

Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Glory' is an old cottage garden favourite.

Late flowering for me it is brilliant in attracting bees and butterflies. Growing organically, using no pesticides for 30 years now, my flowers are popular with butterflies and bees of all sorts.

I use Butterfly Conservation to help to identify the butterflies. Click/tap here for their A to Z.
Red Admiral
5 Red Admirals

Small Tortoiseshell
Painted Lady