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Some of my orchids that are in flower this week!

During periods when I find myself at home, working longer hours than I would like, I am ever more grateful for my plants, especially my houseplants, terrarium plants, and orchids.  At these times, when I am unable to escape to a meadow or a forest, my orchid flowers remind me of the beauty of our natural world, providing me with a cheerful pick me up, just when I need it most!

Would you like to see my orchids that are flowering this week?

Orchids in flower this week

This weekend I have been admiring the beauty and grace of some of my orchids that are in flower.  I am very fortunate to have been able to gather my orchid collection together, I don’t want to keep these orchids away from prying eyes, far from it – I’d love to share their flowers with you!

My National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species

It may surprise you to know that in the garden, as well as on the catwalk, fashions change and evolve, often quicker than we expect.  A plant that’s regarded as a ‘must have’ plant one minute, can soon be taken for granted and neglected, before being cast aside and forgotten the next.  Our fast evolving and progressive plant trends could result in the extinction of some of the plants that we once held dear. 

Orchids at Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival 2018

Kew Orchid Festival

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are currently hosting their 23rd annual Orchid Festival.  You’ll find an array of colourful orchids, inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew, until Sunday 11th March 2018, when the Orchid Festival closes for another year.  I hope that you can make it to Kew to see this impressive orchid spectacle during the next couple of weeks! 

Happy New Houseplant!

Now that the Christmas decorations have been taken down, if you find yourself wondering how to add a renewed freshness to your home, if you dream of an energising, yet relaxing sanctuary, then you might wish to consider growing some new houseplants and bringing some living greenery to your home.

It’s best to work with the conditions that your home can provide. 

Craig House Cacti at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Craig House Cacti is an award winning cacti and succulent nursery, run by Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman.  This endearing couple are almost as famous for their cacti themed clothing, as they are for the top quality, award winning cacti and succulent plants that they grow, show, and exhibit.  Craig House Cacti sell a variety of different cacti and succulent seeds online.

Kate Gould, Keith Chapman, and the City Living Garden

City Living was designed by Kate Gould and built by Kate Gould Gardens.  The RHS judges presented this Fresh Garden with a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of Best Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!

Garden designer Kate Gould is passionate about greening up derelict, uncared for and unloved inner city spaces.  Kate is so passionate about Greening Grey Britain, that she has self funded the entire build for this Fresh Garden, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, to inform others as to how they can improve their city living.  

Beautiful Miniature Orchids to Grow in Terrariums

If you’re looking for beautiful miniature orchids to grow in a terrarium, I hope this planting list will help you.  I have planted each of the miniature orchids featured below inside my specialised, automated BiOrbAir terrariums, my Orchidarium, and my other terrariums and vivariums.  You can see how well each orchid is currently growing, by clicking on the link for each plant, where you can read my monthly updates, see more photographs, and find out more about these tiny, beautiful, and very special plants.

Taking a Look at Terrariums

I love bringing nature indoors; vases of flowers, pretty stones and all manner of leaves, bark and pinecones are welcome in my house at any time of year.  I enjoy house plants, but I especially love creating bottle gardens or terrariums.  Terrariums are fun to plant up either by yourself, with a friend, or with children or a disabled or house-bound friend or relation.  

The BiOrbAir and traditional terrariums

This is a follow on post from an article I have written for Vantage Point magazine on terrariums.  On the 25th September 2014, I planted both the BiOrbAir and a traditional terrarium, hoping to inspire Vantage Point readers to plant a terrarium.  This was the start of my long-term BiOrbAir trial and review – something I am just so excited about!