Dear Members,
We are asking for contributions to the Blog and the Plants pages on the website, preferably with some relevant photographs, so if you have a penchant for a particular plant, have fond memories of a particular garden, been embarking on a lockdown project or if there is anything else which is of interest, then please contact Bob Dyer, our Website Manager by email at:

Click the link below to see a short video from our friend and nurseryman, Colin Moat at Pineview Plants, Wrotham Heath:

From member Annie Francis-Fisher:

I just want to share 3 of my favourite winter flowering house plants with everyone.

My Billbergia nutans (queen’s tears) is covered in buds which, when open, produce these stunning flowers

Then there’s the Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns) which is covered in evil thorns, but the constant show of bright red flowers, 365 days a year, make up for that!

My unusual multi stemmed orchid is flowering again, for the second time in a year. The original flowers were pure white, but are now edged with mauve. I love it! Unfortunately I lost the label, so maybe someone can help with a positive ID?

Sambucus nigra “black lace” seed head glistening in the late afternoon rain here in Maidstone

Bob Dyer 13/01/21

It’s getting cold outside, so here’s a post on an easy to keep houseplant, the Staghorn fern, Platycerium bifurcatum

I bought it as a scruffy, neglected, half-price offering from Notcutts in Maidstone in the Winter of 2017. I mounted it on a piece of wood using nylon fishing line (lots of videos on how to do it on YouTube) and the result below, a year later, in November 2018 shows the plant after feeding once a week with dilute fertiliser solution.
I keep it in the shower where it likes the humidity and warmth

Bob Dyer 10/12/20

The same plant now (below) in December 2020 – with a second, similarly neglected plant, purchased in 2019 below it, attached to another piece of wood)

Close up showing the shiny fronds

Melianthus major, showing off its beautiful foliage after early morning rain

Bob Dyer

Epiphyllum oxypetalum

The first picture shows the bloom 1 day before opening, the second picture fully open and the third the following morning.
My plant has flowered on and off over the past 4 months, opening in the evening but gone by the following morning. The blooms have a weak, but not particularly pleasant scent, but the spectacular flowers make up for it

Dr Robert (Bob) Dyer

One Reply to “Plants”

  1. Really interesting video, Colin, & the new propagator is a work of art! Must be very exciting to see all those shoots appearing, although it won’t be long before you won’t be able to move in there. Would love to see more reports from you – if you have a spare moment!

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