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Please meet Geoff, our growing expert and generally wise man of plants and gardening

  • Please meet Geoff, our growing expert and generally wise man of plants and gardening
  • Please meet Geoff, our growing expert and generally wise man of plants and gardening

Let me introduce you to Geoff Hodge. Back in January 2012, when GreenPlantSwap was just a germ of an idea, Geoff was one of the people I talked to about how the site might develop. He gave me some great advice and kindly agreed to write the step-by-step propagation guides for our Grower Tips pages, which we then had illustrated.

I was delighted because Geoff has impeccable credentials. He was Online Editor of the RHS website and Gardening Editor of Garden News. He is author of the definitive 'RHS Guide to Propagation' and 'RHS Botany for Gardeners' among others. He is also a regular speaker on radio and at horticulture events.

Now that we have launched Talk Gardening, Geoff will be contributing some useful posts and growing tips ... and has agreed to keep an eye out for plant and propagation questions not readily answered by others.

So, just so you know, as well as all the other wise and friendly gardeners and nurseries on GreenPlantSwap, there is Geoff Hodge too ;-)

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    Hi growers, I just hope I can live up to Jeremy's glowing introduction! As Jeremy says, I'm here to act as your crutch - your overladen branch support! - to help with any advice you need and to supplement anything that the other wise owls post here. Happy growing & propagating.

  2. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    BTW, the picture of me that Jeremy posted above was taken at a talk I was giving on propagation to a gardening club.

  3. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Hi Geoff. Got your latest book 'RH Botany for Gardeners' delivered by Amazon this morning and can already see it is going to be a mine of great information.

    Dipping in I just read how many flowers react to sound waves and "only release their pollen when their anthers are vibrated at the correct frequency - a frequency achieved by visiting bees that have co-evolved to vibrate their flight muscles accordingly".

    Reading on about it online I found that to release pollen in pink Gentians the carpenter bee arrives at the flower with wings beating at a high pitch, like most bees. It then slows the wings to modulate the buzz tone down to approximately a middle C, which causes the anther to vibrate and release the pollen in a yellow fountain. How cool is that!

  4. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    Isn't nature wonderful! There are so many similar stories - and we all think plants just sit there and let their environment simply impact on them.

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