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Lower Greenhouse Displays – picture feature

Our summer displays in the Lower Greenhouse are now well established and a treat to visit. Whether you’re interested in flowers or fruit, want to find out about food or just want to have fun there’s something for everyone to see. Edible Jungle In the centre is our Edible Jungle which features food plants that originated […]

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Weather Graphic - Mike Afford

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Weathermen have very strict rules on seasons. The meteorological winter starts on 1 December and ends on 28th February. That’s so they can compare monthly average weather from year to year as well as from season to season. This last winter average was 3.8 ºC – just 0.1ºC above the average for the last 30 […]

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Over-wintering Bananas workshop

Over-wintering Bananas workshop

Our Ensete ventricosum stock has grown brilliantly this year. We’ve one in the seating area, another two in the walled garden and several more in containers around the garden. The largest have reached 3.5m in height. We’d really like to plant out more in the walled garden next year where they’ll be even bigger. But […]

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Go bananas in the greenhouse

Go bananas in the greenhouse

Time for an update on the Bananas. The Ensete ventricosum ‘Montbeliardii’ which has lived it up in the comfort of the lower greenhouse has now outgrown our 10 foot ceilings. This cultivar is our fastest growing banana producing 1 metre leaves at the rate of about one per week. We’ve moved it to a spot […]

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Flowers in the Lower Greenhouse

Flowers in the Lower Greenhouse

That’s the good thing about planting out. With the lower greenhouse clear of all the annual and perennial ornamental stock there’s both time and space to appreciate the flowers on some of our exotic specimens. Most exciting this week has been the appearance of the first bud on the Zingiber mioga. The flowers of this […]

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