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Follow my successes and failures in words and pics as I try to recreate a slice of the Himalayas and a Caucasian desert on my North London Rooftop. Irises, Mecanopsis, Rhododendrons, Primulas etc all for yours and my delectation!

Owner: Mackay

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Latest Blog Posts for Green Space and Rooftop Gardening: My Own Little World of Plants

  • Plantlove in a cold climate
    on Dec 9, 2010
    Hello, I thought I'd change the title pic to remind all of us in the northern hemisphere that summer does exist and it isn't always -21.1C, as was recorded in the tiny Scottish village of Altnaharra yesterday, where residents haven't been able to get...
  • Shopping around. And around. And around
    on Dec 5, 2010
    Well, I can't remember which of you told me eBay was a good place to pick up bargains but I wish you hadn't! It's a good place for any normal person to pick up bargains but for those with an addictive personality, it can prove very expensive indeed!
  • Snow joke
    on Dec 2, 2010
    Now it's getting silly! I can't find anything on the roof because it's all covered in several inches of snow! If only the cafe downstairs were open and badly insulated! For the classier lilies I've collected over the last few months such as auratum...
  • Snow and seduction
    on Nov 30, 2010
    Iris Aquilifer Well, the snow that has been creeping down Britain for the last week has finally reached the roof and it's a sorry sight. We had some hard frosts last week that didn't do any visible harm but an inch of snow and everything flops like...
  • Plants have sex too you know!
    on Nov 27, 2010
    Good Lord, it's freezing out there! All the unprotected pots are frozen solid, which is just as well as I kept knocking them over as I slid about on the ice rink that is the roof. Had a look in the zip-up greenhouse and amazingly it is obviously seve...
  • Lovely Lilies and more besides
    on Nov 25, 2010
    It's part two of my reckless orders frenzy and their safe arrival. Fortunately the three Lilies that arrived today from Crug Farm (in a box big enough to breed rabbits in, but safe and sound, currently experiencing a Siberian front outside) are plant...
  • Seeds of doubt
    on Nov 23, 2010
    So, there's no room left on the roof although the natural winter die-back has created some temporary space. There's no alternative but to be ruthless next year as the plants (and hardware, ie pots, compost, etc) need to be concentrated around the edg...
  • The Cape of No Hope!
    on Nov 20, 2010
    Plodding around the Web trying to find some rare Iris or Lily seeds to get me going when spring and its cotyledons come around, I stumbled upon a South African site called BidorBuy, a kind of eBay for seeds. My success with Irises, Lilies and Gladiol...
  • Lilies Duly Considered and Planted. And the Icing on the Cake
    on Nov 16, 2010
    Meconopsis suberba looking unfazed by the dip in temperature. But then his mum's from halfway up K2 so he's used to a bit of cold weather.  Frost has visited the roof for the first time this autumn. Or rather,  I have been up early enough t...
  • Rooftop gardening in the City: My World of Plants: Entering the Digitalis Age
    on Nov 14, 2010
    Entering the Digitalis age. From the humble foxglove to amazing Spanish bushes bursting with yellow-tipped red, a true burning bush, if it were actually on fire. Learn more than you ever wanted to from the plantboy...
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