If you’re new to On The Ledge, where do you start listening? Sure, you can just binge your way through 70+ shows from episode 1, but if that isn’t for you, this guide will help you find episodes that cover the stuff you want to know. If you have suggestions for changes or additions, drop me a line to email@example.com.Read More
Houseplants are all weird and wonderful, but there are some that outdo the rest for their ability to surprise us. Dr Chris Thorogood is a botanist at Oxford Botanic Garden with a clever sideline in painting plants: his new book, Weird Plants, is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to delve a bit deeper into some of the strangest corners of the botanical world.
In today’s episode I find out from Chris why engineers are studying the slippery qualities of Nepenthes pitchers, which creature uses Low’s pitcher plant as a toilet, and why Stapelia flowers look mouldy. Scroll down for a list of plants mentioned in this episode, details of how to sign up as a patron of the show on Patreon, and more.Read More
o’clock at night, so last Friday it was rather a novelty to be at the RHS halls inLondon, it’s rather a fully dressed and mostly clean, with a cocktail in my hand, recording an episode of On The Ledge in front of a live audience. My guests were Alys Fowler, Birmingham-based gardener, garden writer and author of houseplant book Plant Love, and London-based horticulturist and garden designer Rob Stacewicz.Read More
If you’ve listened to episode after episode of me talking about my plants, and have wondered exactly what my plant collection looks like, now is your chance! I offer up a tour of my kitchen and sun room plants, and answer a question about Adenium seed pods.Read More
It’s the time of year when we do the houseplant shuffle - that desperate effort to get all the houseplants safely inside before they are ripped apart by winter winds or rendered crinkly with an overnight frost. In this episode I demonstrate how I get a plant ready to come inside, and talk to Norwegian nursery owner and houseplant collector Tommy Tonsberg about how he gets his plants through the long winter.Read More
It’s trailing plants week! We’re looking at seven iconic trailing plants across the week, in bite-sized daily mini-episodes. From string of pearls to flame violet, find out how to look after these fascinating indoor beauties.Read More