Tidying gardens in Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Knebworth & surrounding villages.
If you would like help in the garden, whether it's for a few hours a week, a month or more, then please get in touch.
Tel: 07963 291504

Fully booked for 2018

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Venus Flytrap Seedling Update

Followers of this wee bloglet may recall that back in the summer of 2016 I decided to have a go at growing Venus Flytraps from seed. 
Some online doom-monsters at the time declared that allowing a VFT to flower in the first place would result in its untimely death, so being the rebel that I am, I ignored all the advice and let them bloom their floral socks off.

I then collected the seeds and scattered them on top of a fresh tray of rain soaked carnivorous compost, popped a lid on top and waited patiently. By December 2016 I had a tray of tiny seedlings with the beginnings of their toothy, fly-munching jaws.
Fast forward to Feb 2018 and my seedlings are now about 2cm across. Growth has been slow but I'm a patient woman. I've moved them up to individual pots and they're doing really well. They live in the hot greenhouse from spring to early winter with their feet in rainwater and I bring them into the freezing, but frost free conservatory during the winter.

And what about the mother plant...what was her fate?
She looks pretty rough huh? NOT!
She also flowered in 2017...ooh...and she's flowering again now.
I think not.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Heavenly Hellebores

A few years back I bought some tiny, 1 year old Hellebores.
They were 2 inches tall and had 2 teeny leaves.

It's taken patience but the wait has been worth it. 

Finally we have blooms and oh boy....they're stunning.

I'm not convinced I had the right labels as some whites are pink and spotty, but who cares?

Not me....that's for sure.
I love 'em!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

New Year, New Beginnings

Welcome to 2018 at Tidy Gardens by Jane.
My availability for the year ahead wil be announced at the top of this page by the end of January.

Meanwhile, despite the freezing temperatures and frozen soil, there are already signs of life returning in the garden. One of the most exciting times in my gardening year is the arrival of the first flowers from my precious Auriculas. 

Unless you're an Auricula-a-holic, you won't understand the immense joy that little purple flower above those manky old leaves brings.
This is what it's all about...new beginnings.
Enjoy your garden!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I can't believe 2017 is almost over.
Where the heck did the year go?

It's been another crazy, busy year....but I love it.

The Tidy Garden is packed up ready for winter. 
As always, I've bought my carnivorous plant collection indoors into the cold conservatory so that they can still be enjoyed during the winter months. My extra-special Auriculas are in the greenhouse, the other 4 million (Cough!) are outside...they'll be fine. Meanwhile, a Salvia 'Hot lips' cutting is still flowering its socks off.

We've had snow!
It was beautiful.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years.
May all your dreams come true!

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