Patience, patience… how long does it take tree seeds to germinate?

I bought a pack of mixed conifer seeds from Chiltern Seeds, always a favourite company of mine, and they come in a large packet containing literally hundreds of seeds – enough to reforest the whole of Devon, I’m sure. There’s a technique involved in successful germination of tree seeds called stratification, those who use it … Read more

The bright side of Brexit – cheap British exports

bright red coach photoshopped to look like Brexit bus, says hey europe, do you mind if we pay in installments? £350 million a week?

Brexit means cheap British exports, and that includes sheepskins. Here at Dartmoor Sheepskins we try to look at the bright side of life, a quick look at our explosively colourful range of natural dyes and I’m sure you’ll see what we mean. Can we talk about Brexit? I won’t lie to you, it’s been difficult … Read more

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom

Open your heart up to the colours of our vivid mimosa, our warming marigold and our strong natural indigo. Open up your mind to the potential of natural dyes – sometimes life tells us that things are ready to change. A favourite dress (and a favourite light coloured top) were ruined in the washing machine, … Read more

Have a go at grafting hyacinth bulbs | Darwin would be proud

I have a dim memory from childhood that bulbs, particularly hyacinth bulbs, can be grafted together. If it really IS possible you’d have thought there would be more about grafting bulbs online… alas, a search turns up very little. Cut two different colour hyacinth bulbs in half Join them together Tape them up Plant them … Read more

Tall Is Beautiful!

We all know that good things come in small packages but for some things, including life itself, length matters! There are over seventy species of ‘sunflower’ or Helianthus, and they sit within the much bigger plant family of Astereaceae, which includes Jerusalem Artichoke. Our specimen here stands at over two metres, whilst the tallest can … Read more