Year: 2014

Christmas time.. Peas be with you all whether you are a young, old or all Hort.

I’m Rocky, I’m a horticulturist, some people call me a gardener. I’m 31 and have been working in Horticulture for most of my life. Until resently I thought everything was going well.. On Twitter I mean.  Somehow I have to choose if I am a member of younghorts or oldhorts. And now there’s another option allhorts. Can I tell you you can be all or neither. Sometimes I wish I was neither especially of late. Until recently, there was just younghorts and oldhorts. I’m a keen supporter of all don’t get me wrong. Recently however there has been some awful stuff flying around on Twitter about the suggested change of name of OldHorts to Allhorts. Here I can explain how this occurred without being restricted in characters. If there was a video camera I would prefer to speak as text can be misinterpreted. Roll back months. Twitter has been amazing for me. I’ve met loads of genuine, amazing, supportive folk. I never had this support when I was a young un. I won the title …

Christmas trees. The Decision…

It’s nearly December. The John Lewis advert has been on and everyone has shed a slight tear. Anything and everything gets over commercialised and the true meaning of Christmas is overdressed with buy this and buy that marketing from various companies cashing in on the season. Oh and then there is the Christmas tree. Real or fake? The family debate rocks up every year on what type to have. Children shouting I want that one whilst their parents eyes avoid the tag price. From previously working with Real Christmas trees for over five years, I’ve seen it all. Theft, arguing and tree mix ups. The delivery of 1000s of trees, the broken pallets, the un-netting, the grading, individual pricing. The customer determined to fit a four inch stump into a three inch stand. All this in a six week period. Joy! Well, with my experience in working with real trees I hope this information helps you out when thinking about buying yours. Question 1: It’s a Christmas tree. It doesn’t mater what type, it’s a …

The Naked Gardener- fundraising for Perennial

Plants are generally deciduous or evergreen. Those which hold onto their leaves are the latter and if I was a plant I would take on this characteristic. Well, I strayed slightly this autumn when I decided to to join the deciduous club, colour up, loose my leaves and bare my skeleton for the public, well for Perennial- The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society. Roll back a good few months say June, and an early Sunday morning. Michael Perry (Thompson and Morgan) sent a message via social media asking if I would be up for joining fellow horticulturists (grubby gardeners) in getting my kit off for charity and doing a calendar. My initial response was yes! I was half asleep, it was a Sunday morning and I don’t really do mornings. Most of us gardeners hate getting up early anyway! A few weeks passed with the constant inner conscious talking ‘Rocky what have you done?’ ‘You’ve nothing to show’ ‘You don’t know hardly any of them’ Oh well I signed up and there’s no going back. I …

Royal Chartership of The Institute of Horticulture

What a momentous day it was. Horticulture has now got a Royal Charter in the form of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. I am immensely proud of this achievement by the institute for what it means to me and my industry. The celebrations were held in Hatfield House and pictured above are some of my industry colleagues posing. -Photo courtesy of Jonathan Ward, http://www.gingerhorticulture.co.uk I heard about the Institute when I studied my BTEC and RHS qualifications over a decade ago. Through winning their Young Horticulturist of The Year competition in 2002 I won a travel bursary which I used visiting New Zealand and a years free membership. To be honest with you I let my membership lapse until recently a few years ago I rejoined. Under the guide of it’s then president Leigh Morris, I noticed a more proactive trend especially with its online presence. More and more of its members are actually much younger than when I remember joining years ago and it’s a great way to network and get support. They even …

Green fingered blogging

I’m Rocky and I’m a horticulturist based in Northamptonshire. I’m entering into the blogging world for the first time with the aim to be brief, engaging and informative about my ventures working within the horticultural industry, the plants I come across and the people I meet along the way. Like plants it will be rather organic and will no doubt change and develop as time goes on. Thanks for visiting and I am looking to write more very soon.