This week saw me out in rural Lincolnshire sourcing some very interesting plants for my latest interior planting project. On one of the hottest days of the year so far I had the pleasure of visiting Southfield Nurseries on the outskirts of Bourne in Lincolnshire, home of Cactusland - a hidden gem packed with the most unusual and colourful cactus I have ever seen.
Following my successful presentations at this years Ideal Home Show I have been lucky to be asked to work on a number of interesting interior planting projects, including a beautiful and underused greenhouse in the garden of a long term client of mine. We have decided on a scheme that makes use of every inch of the structure and creates a green oasis of calm surrounded by some interesting plant curiosities.
Very popular, cacti and succulents are making a welcome return to fashion, evident across the internet and social media. I spent 2-3 hours immersed in the world of cacti, leaving with a boot full of plants and a wealth of new found knowledge.
Most cacti and succulents require lots of light to thrive and they are going to love their new greenhouse location which has plenty of winter frost protection (being maintained at 6 degrees). Cacti have a winter dormant period during which watering should be stopped, resuming a weekly watering regime from March onwards to maximise the flowering.
Flowering will be greatly improved with regular high potash fertiliser throughout the growing season and it is essential that they are kept dry from October - March - this will initiate a dormant phase in the plants.
If you would like any advice or design guidance for a similar space or would like to discuss some help with any on going planting projects please do not hesitate to contact me in the office and I would be more than happy to help