Hartley Magazine

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Matt’s diary – September 2011

September is often the most settled month of the year and after this year’s erratic weather, wouldn’t it be wonderful to welcome an ‘Indian Summer’, this month, with a month of still, sunny, days? During the unsettled weather in August, I gambled on planting a mixed border, with the help of my friend, Paul, using […]

Exacum, Persian Violets

Now here is something very beautiful and somewhat unusual for a warm greenhouse. Exacum affine has blue flowers with a scent, indeed a gorgeous perfume while almost all other blue flowers are scentless. (Bees are the usual pollinators for blue flowers as they can see ultra-violet / blue colours which are seldom noticed by butterflies […]

Ventilation, Ventilation, Ventilation

Keeping a good airflow through the greenhouse is essential for healthy plant growth. It is especially important at the height of summer when temperatures outdoors can reach into the seventies and eighties (if we are lucky). To keep the air moving and to prevent extreme heat building up in the greenhouse you need good ventilation. […]