More plants, more love: gardening with Diane Cornale
Diane Cornale shares her love of gardening:
How did you get started in the garden?
I bought a couple of cactus. It escalated. It became a hobby-gone mad.
How long have you been gardening?
Since I was quite young. My grandparents were keen gardeners and grew hundreds of cactus and orchids and succulents. They lived across the road and I spent quite a lot of time with them so they rubbed off on me.
When I re-pot. That's when I curse them. They prick me and of course it hurts. But if you can put up with the pain it's worth it.
How many plants do you have?
Around 300-400 different varieties of cactus and succulent. I buy some, people gift me plants, I swap them and I also propagate them so they make baby plantlets.
Do you have a favourite plant?
I just like them all. Some are grown for foliage, some for flowers, sometimes you get the best of both worlds.
How many hours a day do you spend in the garden?
Not enough because of work but cactus are quite self sufficient.
What's your latest project?
Re-potting them all because they've outgrown themselves. It's a massive task.
Any tips for new gardeners?
Gardening is what you make it. You could have just a couple and be happy, but with hundreds you'd be happier. Depends how much you want to get into it.