A simple trick for growing a tricky orchid | James Wong

A simple trick for growing a tricky orchid | James Wong Put your orchid in a large glass bowl with water to emulate the steamy jungle it comes from… Vanda orchids are true miracles of nature, with dramatic blooms painted in webbed patterns of sapphire blue, purple and lavender that sit high Read more about A simple trick for growing a tricky orchid | James Wong[…]

Autumn arrives at our Danish summerhouse | Allan Jenkins

Autumn arrives at our Danish summerhouse | Allan Jenkins The bramble is creeping back, the rowan is scarlet and mushrooms and puffballs are popping up The end of summer at the Danish summerhouse, banking on the bank holiday. June’s painted lady butterflies have been replaced by brighter red admirals flitting around the Read more about Autumn arrives at our Danish summerhouse | Allan Jenkins[…]

'Something sparked inside me': the $650 plant stealing hearts and wallets

‘Something sparked inside me’: the 0 plant stealing hearts and wallets Cream and white variegated monstera are the Instagram plant de jour and for the fanatics, money is no object In the last six months, Irina Busova, a 30-year-old from Geraldton, Western Australia, estimates she’s bought more than 100 houseplants. Her prized Read more about 'Something sparked inside me': the $650 plant stealing hearts and wallets[…]

Gardening tips: plant a bee balm

Gardening tips: plant a bee balm Then kill off the tiny black flies around houseplants, and visit Special Plants nursery near Bath Plant this If you have moist soil, bee balm (Monarda didyma) is great. This mint relative makes great cut flowers, and its aromatic foliage a delicious tea. The flowers range Read more about Gardening tips: plant a bee balm[…]

Diet of worms has to be right for compost success | Letters

Diet of worms has to be right for compost success | Letters Readers respond to Adrian Chiles’s report of his struggle to create compost from his organic waste using a wormery Along with, no doubt, many other vermophiles, I’d like to reassure Adrian Chiles that wormeries do work and that his worms Read more about Diet of worms has to be right for compost success | Letters[…]

Let’s move to Lancaster, Lancashire: it's grander than you might think

Let’s move to Lancaster, Lancashire: it’s grander than you might think A slightly forgotten city of excellent pubs, doughty inhabitants and beautiful buildings What’s going for it? Grander than you might think, Lancaster, if you think about it at all. Only intrepid tour coaches make it this far, leaving this slightly forgotten Read more about Let’s move to Lancaster, Lancashire: it's grander than you might think[…]

Network Rail failed railway arch tenants in £1.5bn sale, say MPs

Network Rail failed railway arch tenants in £1.5bn sale, say MPs Taxpayers could face costs if space has to be repurchased for engineering works – report Network Rail failed to act in the interests of tenants and the taxpayer when it sold off £1.5bn of railway arches, sacrificing an important asset for Read more about Network Rail failed railway arch tenants in £1.5bn sale, say MPs[…]