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 …

Gerbera Garvinea Sweet series

Gerberas go back quite a long way: the father of botanical nomenclature Carolus Linnaeus named the genus in 1737, the name honouring his friend Dr Traugott Gerber. A century and a half later, in 1889, Robert Jameson identified and gave his name to the best known species, Gerbera Jamesonii, discovered …

Show’s over

Given that it’s pretty much two months since our last show of the season, the NCCPG Dorset plant fair at Athelhampton House on 10th September, it’s pretty fair to say that it’s all over for 2017. So, with all that time to reflect on things, a review of this year’s …

New home

Welcome to the new home of the Paddock Plants Update. Lots of really interesting content coming soon! In particular, we are determined to update this blog a lot more regularly that we have done in the past ….. In the meantime, the old site may be found here. Rob & …