First stop Sherborne

After a five-month break after our last event of 2017, way back last September, Sunday 11th March saw us back on the road again when we set up our stall in the Digby Hall in Sherborne for the first of the series of Charity Specialist Plant Fairs held in a …

Plant of the Moment: Geum Bell Bank

Now it might seem a little early in the season to be featuring a geum, as these lovely little plants are more likely to be at their best in April and May, rather in the latter part of the coldest February we have known here in Hampshire for quite some …

Plant of the moment: Omphalodes Cherry Ingram

We’re not sure why, but there seem to be an awful lot of spring-blooming perennials that have blue flowers. Nothing wrong with that, any colour is welcome after the dull dark days of winter, but we have always wondered about that fact and whether there is any reason for it. …

Top 10 Most Searched For Plants in 2017

According to the little elves beavering away in the basement of the Paddock Plants website, the site welcomed 218,828 unique visitors in 2017, which is is pretty staggering figure, even allowing for the fact that a large number of them were undoubtedly not real people but various bots and spiders …

Top 10 Best Selling Plants 2017

Yes, it’s time for our annual review of our best selling plants, and this year we thought we would make it a little more interesting by compiling two top tens, one based on number of plants sold and one for sales based on total revenue, just to see how different …

Shows and Fairs in 2018

In 2014 we racked up 39 days at shows; in 2015 we upped the event count to 42. And then sanity kicked in. In 2016 we stood around on someone’s lawn or in someone’s field on 32 occasions, and this year (2017) we limited this kind of behaviour to 22 …

Plant Listing for 2018

As Christmas approaches and everything seems to be winding down towards the end of year break, we horticulturalists, being forward-looking and ever optimistic folk, are of course fully focused on the upcoming season, convinced as always that next year will be the best year ever. And what better way to …

Digitalis Valinii aka Digiplexis

The pre-2012 world was a simpler place. You had Digitalis, known to all as foxglove or fairy thimbles (now that’s a delightfully twee name) and a familiar sight both as a wild and a cultivated plant throughout the UK, and you had Isoplexis, its glamorous cousin from the Canary Islands, …

Unusual Houseplants: Jatropha Podagrica

Now this is certainly one unusual houseplant. If you can’t quite get the hang of the Latin name, you may prefer to use one of Jatropha Podagrica’s various common names, such as Buddha’s Belly plant or bottle plant. Particularly as it’s easy to spot their origins as references to the …

Deer-resistant plants: the list

Yes, there are deer-proof plants, and they are easy to identify. They’re the ones surrounded by tall close mesh fencing. However, those of you with gardens in areas inhabited by deer but without Fort Knox style protection will be more reastically interested in whether there are any deer-resistant plants that …