Everything you need to know about growing Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a popular Christmas plant, because it is easy to force into bloom during winter when there are not many flowering plants around. With its huge, long lasting flowers in red, white, pink or even bi-coloured red and white, Amaryllis is great to use in Christmas decorations. For longer lasting flowers, make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight.

With the cooler weather in the last week it has reminded us that fall is just around the corner.  Although this has traditionally been a time to prepare the garden for the cooler months ahead, it is also a great time to plant as we have more comfortable temperatures and more rainfall: perfect conditions for plants to get established.   

At the end of a big day gardening we certainly feel like we’ve put in a good day’s work but is gardening really considered good exercise? For the most part, yes. According to the University of Virginia, gardening rates up there with other moderate to strenuous forms of exercise, like walking and cycling.