Hartley Magazine

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Handmade business cards

  At Hartley we always strive for perfection   Whether creating a beautiful bespoke glasshouse, handmade for a customer, or one of our team meeting someone for the first time, we want to express our passion for business and products. Even our business cards get the handmade treatment from the skilled and traditional workforce at […]

Echeverias, houseleeks from sunnier climes

“Why are you growing houseleeks in your greenhouse?” said a friend looking at some Echeverias I had around the base of a Bougainvillea. An easily made mistake for these are a fine example of parallel evolution. Houseleeks are temperate plants designed to survive conditions as harsh and impoverished as crevices of dirt on rock-piles or […]

African violets, pretty, tough but fickle

Okay of the many tender glasshouse plants Saintpaulias can be one of the trickiest. Yet almost everyone knew an aunt with a massive old African violet enduring on for years blooming almost perpetually. It will have been the original blueish violet flowered Saintpaulia ionantha, and it was probably set on a table in some north […]