Hartley Magazine

All the latest news, hints, tips and advice from our experts

Not Tyranosaurus but Begonia

I have written before of the tremendous value in our greenhouses from the Begonia tribe though I was mostly talking about their huge range of floral varieties. Now I am waxing even more enthusiastically about the foliage varieties of Begonia particularly B. Rex-cultorum. Rex is a term not often employed in botanical Latin and as […]

Hardy Annuals

Gardeners are very suspicious about organic gardening but, as I always say it isn’t a new-fangled thing. It’s been practised for centuries by our ancestors, who knew the importance of the natural world when it came to growing crops. Winchester Cathedral’s thousand or so 14th century roof bosses contains some with flowers and vegetables. These almost […]

Brown seeds falling from a tree

Don’t stop the rot

Death fuels new life in the garden, so we should delight in the signs of decay. Rot… death… decay… decomposition… mouldering… disintegration. What sort of gardener has these kinds of images racing preternaturally through their everyday thoughts? Those like me, I guess (c’mon, there must be more of you out there). While everyone else is […]

The Friendship Plant or Queen’s Tears

The Friendship Plant is a very tough house plant, and an even better choice for the glasshouse. Attractive clumps of foliage erupt nodding spike after spike of pink bracts, each cascading green petals with a bright blue edge and golden anthers. These continue to appear over a long period. It will withstand neglect, and resists […]

Seasonal tips – chitting and chopping.

If you are growing C. orientalis and C.tangutica; Clematis texensis, Clematis viticella and their cultivars and the large flowered hybrids like ‘Hagley Hybrid’ and ‘Perle d’Azure’, now’s the time to prune. This group flowers in summer and autumn on the current year’s stems, so select the strongest pair of buds near the base, and cut […]