Rather than let the remaining flowers on the mimosa tree be ripped off by the wind, I cut a couple of branches and brought them indoors. At this point they usually start to shrivel and dry – but not this time. I googled ‘Conditioning Mimosa’ and discovered the secret to keeping it looking good in a vase. First cut the stems at 45 degree angle, then stand them in a jug with 10cm (4″) freshly boiled water and finally cover the jug and flowers with a large plastic bag – and leave them like that overnight. It’s the steam that works the magic.
One for the Diary
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...
Fri 02.05.2014 - Sat 03.05.2014
Herb Farm Open Days @ Jekka’s Herb Farm, Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston, South Glos. BS35 3SY
Dates: 2nd-3rd May, 30th-31st May, 27th-28th June, 13th July (NGS), 25th-26th July, 3rd August (NGS) read more...