Saturday, 25 November 2017

Hippeastrum, a blast of indoor colour in winter


Have you got your Hippeastrum bulb planted? Or like me have you remembered you had one left over from last year and found it under the bench in a corner of the greenhouse? Often misnamed Amaryllis these chunky bulbs will grow at an impressive rate and reward you with huge trumpet-shaped flowers in a variety of colours. 

Here's mine, ready to go again this year with
a top dressing of new compost

Ideally plant your bulb from autumn through to January (they quite often appear as Christmas gifts) in some multi purpose compost and place in a light and sunny spot indoors. Once growth starts you can water as required. It is worth turning the plant every so often to encourage the stem to stay straight. They do get very top heavy once in full flower, so a cane might be required to stop the plant falling over, sitting it in a heavy ceramic or metal pot cover may also help.

The strappy green leaves are attractive in their own right

Success!

As you can see in the photos, last year my bulb flowered successfully with two magnificent stems with three flowers on each. This is bulb is now going into it's third year of growing (which I am pleasantly surprised at). The tip of the flower bud is already emerging from the bulb. They make great bulbs for kids (a bit like hyacinths in a glass jar) due to they're speed of growth, expect flowers about six weeks after growth starts.

I've no idea which variety my bulb is, but I love it's flamboyant RED

So now for the tricky bit, after care. Once the flowers are finished I usually put mine out into the heated greenhouse, but any frost free room will do. Water occasionally and let all the leaves die off. In September stop watering and let the plant gradually die back. Cut off the old growth and place the plant in a cool place, light is not essential but as I mentioned before, frost free is essential. At this stage my plant goes under the greenhouse bench where it sits until my memory is jogged by an article about them and I go and rescue it in time to enjoy it coming back to life.

I can't wait for mine to flower again

And so the cycle begins again. Re-pot bulbs every two to three years in fresh compost when you bring them in over winter. You can quite often get them reduced in ex Christmas present gift boxes in the post festive season sales. 


Enjoy!



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Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Wee catch up blog and our Christmas Fair

Hello, how are you all? I'm back after an amazing holiday touring around the south of England. We visited lots of amazing places that we've always wanted to see, which will no doubt feature in some blogs coming soon and we stayed in a varied collection of B&B's, more on those later too. We ate amazing food, too much and are now home quite a few pounds heavier and on a serious but sensible healthy eating plan. Bracken came too and had a great time as so many places allow dogs in now, which is great for us and him. We feel so much better for a change of scene and are fired up with lots of new ideas for the nursery and gardens. 

No matter where I travel, home's always best, a view along the valley at home on our
dog walk this afternoon

Two weeks ago we set of down the east of the country, along the south coast and back up the west side. It went a bit like this:

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
2 days with David's parents in York
Stowe Gardens
Canterbury
Romney Marsh
Eastbourne
Beachy Head
Arundel
Winchester
Stonehenge
Cerne Abbas
Cerne Abbas Giant
Stourhead Gardens
Bath
Cheddar Gorge
Glastonbury Tor
Pendon Railway museum
White horse Hill, Uffington
Avebury Stone circle
Chedworth Roman villa
Rollright Stones
Hillers Farm shop and gardens
Visited my sister in Birmingham

Whew! We stayed with David's parents for 2 nights, a B&B in Canterbury for 2 nights, a B&B in Eastbourne, one in Winchester for 2 nights, one in Cerne Abbas for a night, we hired a cottage in Bath for four nights, a B&B near Wantage for one night and lastly a B&B in the Cotswolds for our last night. While it was great to travel around, it did get quite tiring living our suit cases and being in different beds every night or second night. But it was an interesting way of travelling and it certainly meant we got to see every thing we wanted. 

Teddy bear cows in the field up from our house

It's always nice to get home after a holiday, once the washing is caught up, the mail opened and dealt with and making sure all is ok. Dan had a great time with Granny who came up to stay, she's even done lots of wee jobs and cleaned stuff for me, she's a star. We got back at midnight on Wednesday and so went along to check the nursery on Thursday morning. It was still standing, looking very wintery with many more leaves down, but happily after leaving it for two weeks all was well.

Gathering berries and evergreens for the Christmas fair on Saturday

Please come along to our Christmas Fair at Whitmuir on Saturday,
there is lots happening, good food, gift ideas and Santa

I found this Cornishware jug in an antique shop in Arundel, perfect for my collection

I think I need another dresser!

An antique french gardeners trug from Gladstonebag Antiques & Vintage
and a new blanket from our holiday

Holiday treats, Bowls, jugs, rugs and cake tins. antique and new

Now we are back it's time to get on with winter jobs in the nursery and at home, lots of paperwork, planning and tidying up the nursery ready to start all over again next year oh and healthy eating.


Grilled Halloumi salad

Snack bowl!

Sausage Ratatoulli


Please do come along to our Christmas fair (details above), see you soon and have a good weekend.




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