A nostalgic trip down plant lane
I STARTED work at my local nursery at 18 years old. It was total bliss to be surrounded by plants and flowers all day. Ever since I've been toiling away planting, potting, growing and loving every minute it. I have my own nursery now and I've been revelling in plants for over 20 years.
I've seen my share of plant crazes and fads come and go. It is exciting to see the cycle, like what makes it into this year's 'it list' and what doesn't.
There are many plants that deserve a revival, here are a just a few of the 'new' bees knees:
THESE bursts of colour add a cheerful pop to any garden. Their special scent naturally keeps pests away and is part of the nostalgia, remember that first marigold you grew with that distinct aromatic foliage and flower? Plant now to enjoy blooms right through winter.
BACK on the 'it list', beautiful flowers are lightly scented and make a long lasting display of colour indoors. You might remember grandma having one on the kitchen table and she would compulsively put it out on the patio at night. You didn't know it then but cyclamen love the cold and putting them outside over night would prolong their flowering for weeks and weeks!
RECENTLY you will find this plant all over Pinterest. Yes... succulent/cacti plants are back and not going anywhere. Long trailing stems which look just like long strands of green spaghetti, perfect for hanging baskets. Another grandma special plant which would have been tucked into the green house or hanging off the verandah in pride of place, perhaps in a macramé hanger.
Of course, when you're nuts about plants you can't stop at just a few.
Don't forget to use Peat80 potting mix, which is packed with fertiliser to last 12 months so you can sit back and watch your plants take off.