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Building an Orchidarium

I love indoor creating bottle gardens, terrariums, vivariums, orchidariums, and other indoor gardens.  In this article I’ll show you how one of my orchidariums was created.  I hope this feature will help you if you’re considering creating an orchidarium, vivarium, terrarium, or other lovely indoor garden of your own.

RHS Garden Wisley – Under Threat from the Highways Agency

You may have heard the news, that the proposed plans for improving the A3/M25 interchange in Surrey will result in the compulsory takeover of 10,000sq meters of the RHS Wisley Gardens.  If this proposal is successful, it will result in the destruction of over 500 important specimen trees, and will remove the treeline, which provides shelter between the busy A3 and the RHS Wisley Trials Field; this area of Wisley Gardens is already greatly affected by noise from the volume of traffic passing by as it is.

2017 Scented Daffodil Trial

Fragrant daffodils deliver an uplifting joy and bring an unadulterated cheer into the spring garden; these scented daffodils can brighten your view and gladden your heart.  Many daffodil cultivars are listed as being scented, but some daffodil cultivars are more perfumed and more pleasing than others.

In 2016, I decided to run a Scented Daffodil Trial, to showcase the most beautifully scented, long flowering daffodils.  

New Features of the New BiOrbAir Terrarium

This is my new terrarium, The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium. This terrarium is planted up with plants which have been grown in cultivation, but originate from Madagascar, pictured on the 9th April 2017. BiOrbAir terrarium features

I love my BiOrbAir terrariums!  I so enjoy growing miniature orchids, ferns, and other terrarium plants inside these specialised, automated terrariums.  I loved the older BiOrbAir terrarium models, but I have been so impressed with the new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium model, and the fantastic improvements that have been made to this new, updated terrarium, which was designed by Barry Reynolds.  

The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium

I am so very lucky to have a beautiful, new BiOrbAir terrarium!

I decided to plant up this very special terrarium with orchids that are endemic to Madagascar, to highlight and raise awareness of the fragility of this very special place on Earth, and showcase the beauty of Madagascar’s plants.  Many of the orchids that are found growing in Madagascar are not found anywhere else on Earth.

Protecting your Plants from Slugs and Snails

For many gardeners, the slug and snail population seemed to explode in 2016, with many fraught and distressed gardeners asking for my advice on the best way to protect their plants from slugs and snails.  I am strongly opposed to slug pellets.  I wouldn’t wish to kill any of the slugs or snails in my garden as I believe a healthy eco system is important.

Peat Free Compost Trial 2016

I have always loved our natural world.  I have always wished to protect every important habitat for plants, animals, and nature, all over the world.  I am passionate about protecting the rainforests and the many other wonderful, precious environments and habitats that exist on Earth, including peat bogs.  Peat bogs are amazing environments, covering just 2-3% of the planet’s surface.  Many of the special, rare, and interesting plants which are found growing in peat bogs can only be grown in the specific conditions found at these sites, and consequently if the conditions change, or the habitat is destroyed, the plants and the ecosystem that had evolved in that area is also lost.

2017 Specialist Plant Fairs, Festivals, Sales, and Swaps

There are many local plant sales, fetes, and opportunities to buy wonderful, locally grown plants at fantastic prices, or even to swap for free!  Great quality, rare, hard to find, special, and unusual plants can be found at the specialist plant fairs and other events that I have listed below.

In this 2017 calendar of specialist plant fairs, sales, swaps, and other lovely events where you can buy plants, I have included large plant sales, such as the plant sale at the Loseley Park Spring Show, large events, such as the Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens, much smaller plant sales organised by local groups, and plant societies, and everything in between!  

How to help Hedgehogs

I love hedgehogs!  Hedgehogs are so endearing and entertaining, every time I have seen or encountered a hedgehog has been such a special and uplifting moment.  Each hedgehog I have seen shuffling along or snuffling about has touched my heart and lifted my spirits.

Sadly nowadays there are many threats to hedgehogs – they’re in danger as they try to cross our busy roads, but even away from the roads, hedgehogs face many dangers in our own gardens, because of these dangers, hedgehogs are becoming more scarce, and these delightful, charming, and loveable creatures are now endangered.