October Plant of the Month – Aloe

Plant of the Month, October – Aloe This month we are celebrating the wonderful plant that is Aloe… whether you have a small individual plant or a larger group, they are a wonderful low maintenance plant to bring joy to your home. Plant Origin: Aloe vera is a succulent from the Asphodel family and has been growing on the Arabian Peninsula for millions of years. … Continue reading October Plant of the Month – Aloe

Christmas Tree Out – Houseplant In!

As tradition stands, January 5th or the eve of the Epiphany is considered the end of Christmas celebrations, and the day when the Christmas tree and decorations are removed from your house and packed away safely until next year.  I always find this a very therapeutic process as it is usually the first proper ‘house clean’ of the year, especially if you have had a … Continue reading Christmas Tree Out – Houseplant In!

Day 11 – Ceropegia

One of my favourite little plants (I say favourite a lot I know, but it’s true!)  Ceropegia woodii, or commonly known as ‘String of Hearts’ which describes it perfectly! This plant is fairly easy to look after, keep the soil a bit moist and give it plenty of light, but not direct midday sun as you will frazzle the delicate tendrils. I love to use Ceropegia in my … Continue reading Day 11 – Ceropegia

O the heather and gorse on old Bradda’s broad back…

…A mantle of purple and gold ! (No purple or gold need the Manxman e’er lack While there’s heather and gorse on old Bradda’s broad back)… (Excerpt from ‘A Book of Manx Poetry) (Image courtesy of DEFA) This morning I left the shop to do my deliveries in absolute torrential rain.  Grey, damp, cold…. not my idea of a great way to start the week … Continue reading O the heather and gorse on old Bradda’s broad back…

He who plants a garden, plants happiness…

.. a proverb from around the world somewhere, can’t remember which country, but the words always stick in my head. I am happy when I am gardening, even when it rains, because I know that the raindrops are like my Friday night Gin & Tonic to plants that have been baking in the sun.. cool and refreshing! My favourite style of garden is the natural prettiness of a … Continue reading He who plants a garden, plants happiness…

A Year in the Life of a Rose. Part 1.

This is the first part in a series of posts which aims to show you how to care for your rose plants.  Some of my customers are put off buying rose plants because they believe they are difficult and time-consuming to look after, but the reality is not so.  If you want to spend hours pruning and training your rose, then you can, but they perform just as beautifully if left to their own devices to ramble through a hedge or around an old tree stump!

This year we have been honoured to stock the stunning David Austin ® Rose plants and they have been selling so quickly we can hardly keep up with the demand.  For those of you that haven’t seen (or smelt!) a David Austin ® Rose, come and visit us down here at Tynwald Mills, because the plants we have down here are just bursting in to bloom and the flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

So, with the help of McVitie, we have put together this guide, starting with the planting of your rose…

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