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A houseplant tour with Mercy Morris

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Let's officially start by saying hello mercy. Moore's we're here in your front room back room. I didn't know how you describe this room. And I'm the first I mean you haven't had a toy yet your N. G. S. opening of Your House plunk collection so I guess I'm honored to be getting the experience of coming on this tour. I think this is really special. Ngs's agreed to have this as an open house tour which is by arrangement. Only did you able did. How did it come about well? I met one of the local guys last year when I was selling. Houseplants at somebody else's opened and he just said to me in passing wanted has plants and initially though stupid idea and then the idea kept going round round in my head and I actually know that would be really fun. It would be really good for house plants with Nick because people then they'd be almost as important as Garden People Heaven Full Fan. Yeah the case. Yeah so I got them round and they did. They did say I was mad. They didn't say couldn't do it so he we on here. We are and you have a wonderful collection. We've just heard today that you've you've been awarded. The status of National Collection of clarified. Some cultivars tomato cultivars. Hey fantastic you have to have your teeth into say we? Can we get to see as we go round some of your collection which we can talk about fervor? There's loads of big leaves in here. We start with some of these big leaves how I take you to the beginning of the whole thing. Yes you cut. That is a beautiful Swiss cheese. Plunk just say that is a really nice specimen. This is Austin Austin Morris. And he was the first house plant that I had that lived. My mother was deeply into plants and she spent most of my childhood trying to get me into plants as well. Roy didn't work and as a student on why the student I had lost plants that are killed and this was the first one that actually lived so he is the the three years old this year while spence is that Short because I've continually are taken out the pro tournament cartoons and shrink against East. He's nice and short. He's very compact isn't he? And I think that is a really good tip because lots of people get to the stage with Swiss Cheese. Plumber does get out of hand and they kind of very much. Fear doing that hatbox. But you're not really shows that that works brilliantly because it's go beautiful fantasy leaders come which mature leaves. But he's a reasonable size. I'm taking a leaf out of your book. Literally with my own monster is when they get to that stage because that is the way to do it. I love the way you got the black label lesser. Ns Nineteen eighty-seven bats tasked with me many many times. Sometimes of taking on the train last time it moved has had to get French petunias carcass. It's quite heavy. I can imagine it's a bit of a job to report is a fantastic looking plot and Yeah you've you've you've kept looking in great shape and it's very very healthy and I'm sure there's always somebody looking for cutting. Yes yes so you got one. That was yes. That's the scruffy. One from last lauper is due to be done in about eight pro. People want to see it in its full glory. They need to come in okay. Okay and so people can couldn't contact you to make an appointment to come and see your collection here in Hun Hun Bay in Kent of Forget. Murray off for a minute How how busy you expecting to be with this tour? Is it going to be literally going to wait and see? Yeah I would have thought was the first house plant offering from the NGOs that would be an attractive option for people but I guess time will tell exactly I think a lot of the established. Ngs Garden visitors so used to visiting herbaceous borders and shrubberies and so on the there will be a bit hesitant about it. Perhaps but I'm hoping also that bring people who've never been to an end. Gs gardening before perhaps a younger crowd who are into house. Plants on rather than than hanging gardens year savvy unless just turned to this one for stepladder with your some of your floor fights Komo SOM plants on it. Let's waste display plants. I'm always looking. I find those wooden stay. I'm always looking for him. Outside junk shops. It's one of those things to kind of serendipity has to be in place OPA you have to go to your Grandad's garage to for that. Was she unlock all of the ones? I've seen have been about thirty to sixty pounds. I've found that one for a five. Oh good good boy. Good and you've got lots of calm. Glorified Komo some. How many cultivars are there in your national collection? It is about seventeen or eighteen but that may reduce as I find some of them are identical plants but with separate cultivar nine. Roy and what made you choose clarified? Some commotion Cultivars as a subject for national question because it's not too massive and not to. Yes we want to do is quite compact collection so you can have it in a small. How also I think they're so under appreciated as house plants. They are really long suffering. They're the easiest thing in the world to propagate they just propagate themselves while you sit there and do nothing and I think the world really needs to Stephen for the beauties that they are. What's your favorite Cultivar? Ooh That's my but you know why ins oh lovely. She's actually perseus tat. It's more Lime Green and stripes. That's really nice. They set on Powell as well. So that's what you're what some nice one and how easy found pick these up. I mean we always white losses being you know very common but some of these cultivars harder to get. Yes some of them. I've had to get from another collected. This Very Generous Gentleman Joan circuit. Let me have some of the. The grayer cultivars that he's had in his collection years apart from that. The usual thinks nuking around on Ebay. Yes Oh the joy of joys of the Internet for looking for plants that is a great and we turn and look and we've got another enormously plant on the other side and beautiful. Is that one or two fatally figs. Tell me about this. I don't I'm not even sure I can identify. What kind of our dotty inst- that's a philodendron. It's got the the non well. It's an rotating now philodendron green beauty. Which really doesn't tell you. Anything of large Ingraham. I haven't been able to track which species it comes from is it just appeared on market relatively recently beautiful and one of my friends said my see how to have this so I had thought is how it goes. Isn't it is now exactly how it goes on. You've got these two lovely fiddly figs. I mean on often disappointed by fixed. Don't tend to grow very well. You'll look lovely in healthy. Are they challenging to look after or do you find the most again those are in late? Twenty s awhile. So you were in the fiddle I o before our everyone does find them in a florist in Eastbourne when I was leaving and again with those I chop them down because otherwise they they just go. Straight up. Like a skyrocket a night either fool. I wrote hit the ceiling so I chopped them one on the right hand with the smaller. Lisa's chopped last year. The one that's recovered was chopped the year before and you can do cuttings of them relatively easily as well. Yup well the the you have a one fleet leafy living. We've also got more shells with more plants on them. Some little baby spider plants. I can see and some. Is that some Premier Li ads there or some kind. Of course he ever media earth style. They're all out. That's propagating moment. Look at they are in Little Koya. Oh yes Paul Fox. I find them really difficult to route because they they tend to live ever without route. That's about two years to be right to die. That's that's another sponge plant that came from weasley strike which is a pretty one

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