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A day at the Jungle

12 May 2015 - Posted by Lizzy Browne, in NewsLetter

Customer sat on sofa next to plant. Drank coffee. Picked up said plant and bought it. Crafty product placement you see. Meanwhile, Jamie's been building a serving counter, Julie-Anne served in the café. Di, Emma and Jayne have been potting, watering and plant sorting. Uhi spent the whole day (again) selecting plants for orders. Malcolm was holed up in the office printing thousands of labels. Sonja and Zoe were boxing themselves in in the packaging shed. Loads of customers to assist with plant purchases. A whirlwind storm which blew a ladder off the shed roof and nearly decapitated Jamie. Every plant not tied down blown over again, for the umpteenth time over the last couple of weeks, and will need up-righting tomorrow. A staff and friends scarecrow-making competition idea being bounced around to attempt to scare away deer. Lorry of plants turns up at 6pm and needed to be unloaded. Watering still going on as I left at 7.30pm. So quite a lot going on really. We may be recruiting again. Watch this space!!



 
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The new cafe

09 May 2015 - Posted by Lizzy Browne, in NewsLetter

The wind was blowing a hooley outside but it was lovely, bright and warm in the greenhouse coffee shop. These ladies spent most of the afternoon having a catch up with each other over coffee and cake.



 
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Amorphophallus konjac

03 March 2015 - Posted by Lizzy Browne, in NewsLetter

We've posted this pic before but think it's worth another look. Granddaughter Erica not impressed with the "scent" from Amorphophallus konjac.



 
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New Vertical Garden

05 July 2014 - Posted by Lizzy Browne, in NewsLetter

<p><b>The indoor Vertical Garden</b>. After persistently nagging Jamie, he&nbsp; finally found time to rebuild the Exotic Vertical Garden at Urban Jungle a&nbsp; couple of weeks ago. This was the show garden built for the Royal Norfolk Show&nbsp; at the end of June. I took a couple of photos today. I think it looks awesome.&nbsp; If I had a conservatory, the walls would look like this � well done Jamie&nbsp; Spooner!</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010518.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p><p>This particular Vertical Garden is sited in an unheated greenhouse, so we�ll&nbsp; need to build a little polytunnel over it and add some heating for winter. Some&nbsp; of the plants are hopelessly tender, such as the Alocasia, and really don�t&nbsp; stand much chance of survival. If we can heat this small area to about 10&nbsp; degrees centigrade it shouldn�t break the bank, and if we circulate the air and&nbsp; ventilate on mild days, I think there�s a pretty good chance that the majority&nbsp; of plants will come through. And if we have to replace a few, so be it. Jamie�s&nbsp; unconvinced and thinks it will be mush by Christmas. He�ll be away from the&nbsp; nursery, travelling for three months this winter, and I�m determined to prove&nbsp; him wrong.</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010515.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p><p align="center">________________________________</p><p align="left"><b>The outdoor Vertical Garden</b> is looking so fulsome now, and&nbsp; with leaves and bits thrusting out all over, has taken on a much more 3D&nbsp; effect.</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010542.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="667" border="0"></p><p align="left">I�ve had to snip back some of the plants that are behaving like&nbsp; thugs though. Begonia evansiana is crowding out the much more interesting and&nbsp; larger leaved Bergenia ciliata so it�s had a hair cut. Tradescantia (which&nbsp; probably won�t survive the winter) has needed to be tamed, as have the Hostas&nbsp; and even the Myosotidium. The Ligularia seems to have established a root system&nbsp; now and its leaves don�t spend most of the day looking like limp lettuce. I&nbsp; guess the real test will be if we have another heat wave (oh please). I�m not&nbsp; sure, if I were to make another, I would use flowering plants. As pretty as the&nbsp; lilac Hosta and the yellow Crocosmia flowers are, they drop their petals onto&nbsp; the leaves below, quickly decomposing, leaving ugly brown holes. Perhaps the&nbsp; secret is to use the plants for their foliage effect but cut the flowers off. We&nbsp; still haven�t installed a watering system � flicking a hose over it every day&nbsp; seems to give sufficient water but does leave lime marks on the leaves.</p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010543.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p><p align="center"><img src="../../../jd/P1010551.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" border="0"></p>
 
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