Houseplant hotel with Charlie Dimmock: The Joy of Plants – Summertime and Holiday Tips

Before I go on holiday I make sure that we have everything we will need for our stay, that the fridge has no perishables left in it and that the house and cats are taken care of.  My mother-in-law asks that her plants are watered, though the person tasked with this often forgets as soon as the door closes behind her.  For both of us this has made for many dead houseplants, bought or gifted once and nurtured with the best of intentions, only to end up on the compost heap.  And we are not alone.  According to a study […]

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How does your garden grow? Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Okay, so my fervent cheating in this picture is there for all to see, but please do hear me out.  Previously a keen gardener, I can now only deal with pots at waist height due to disability.  After spending months of not even looking out the back door for fear of spotting neglected garden furniture and bare patio slabs with weeds sprouting out of the cracks, I was urged by J to take a look.  For sure, amisdt all the chaos were my pots of bulbs, planted in the winter and then forgotten.  Though my offering is meagre, it shows […]

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