Finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2019

You might have seen me asking you to vote for mrplantgeek.com in the UK Blog Awards 2019 – well, I’m pleased to say that I’m a finalist! Thanks to the fabulous readers of this blog, I’m one of the top 8 in the Nature & Wildlife category. This means that I’ll go through to the…

It’s Michael

I think I’m comfortable with referring to myself as the ultimate plant geek- as my obsession with plants has been persisting for over 30 years now, and shows no sign of letting up! I have been responsible for introducing hundreds of new plants into the UK, most notably novelties such as the Egg and Chips plant and the Fuchsia Berry! Despite…

A garden in close up

So often we take a step back to enjoy our gardens, viewing them from the distant point of a patio chair or even from inside. But how often do we take a closer look to appreciate the beauty of nature? Macro plant photography changes our perspective, and takes us into the fine details of a…

20 ways to make your house and garden look new

Whether you’ve lived in your home for a year or twenty years, unless you’ve applied a strict cleaning regimen, it’s unlikely you’re going to be able to maintain that brand new look and feel in your home and garden. Although many of us would love to have that new-home feel, we don’t have the time…

The plants we kill along the way

Some of us are plant serial killers, some of us haven’t killed a plant in over five years – but we’ve all killed one. Jane Perrone is the host of houseplant podcast On The Ledge and a freelance garden writer. In this guest blog post, she talks about killing off plants, learning from mistakes and…

The Plant-Off: Roses vs Tree Peonies

Welcome to the first ever ‘Plant-Off’, where I pit two plants against each other and compare their traits, to see which one comes out on top! In the ring today are roses and peonies. Both are classic flowers which produce lovely, fat blooms and wonderful scents. However, each has pros and cons which will decide…

QVC February 2019 highlights

Want to watch the video before reading the post? Click here! Thank you so much for your support during the launch month on QVC, we have had an amazing month, with increased viewership and a real buzz around some of the changes we are making to the show. An added focus on editorial and gardening…

Is xeric landscaping the answer to your dry garden woes?

If you find it hard to maintain your dry garden, xeric landscaping, or ‘xeriscaping’, could be the gardening concept for you. But what exactly is it? What is xeriscaping? Xeriscaping comes from the Greek xeros meaning ‘dry’, merged with the word ‘landscaping’. It’s a style of garden landscaping which is tailored to dry areas – whether…

5 lucky plants to invite health and prosperity

People buy plants for many reasons and it’s not just because they bring a certain aesthetic to a room. Plants can bring a lot of meaning to people. Certain species are said to be lucky and attract positive energy, improve health and wealth. Of course, there’s no harm in cultivating plants that are thought to…

An exciting announcement

Our brand new podcast all about plants Me and my partner in plants, Ellen Mary, are very pleased to announce the imminent release of our new project, The Plant Based Podcast! This is a podcast devoted to the world of plants, in EVERY form. Plants you can grow, plants you can eat, plants you can wear, plants that make you feel good, even plants you can eat…

5 garden pursuits to beat the Blue Monday blues

Blue Monday 2019 is upon us, but there’s no need to let it get you down. If you feel like the most depressing day of the year is hacking away at your happiness, try some of these garden-related activities to boost your mood. What is Blue Monday? Blue Monday usually falls on the third Monday…

Watch and win with Michael’s Garden World

There are so many exciting gardening and plant-related products on Michael’s Garden World this month – and I’m giving you all the opportunity for one lucky person to win one pack during each show! To enter, all you need to do is tune in to Michael’s Garden World on QVC (see the schedule here), and…

4 ways to help winter birds thrive

Winter is a key time to provide for the birds in your garden, and the team at Bernini Fountains have just released a pretty nifty invention for your garden or balcony. It’s a 4 in 1 bird guest house, for drinking, feeding, bathing and nesting! It’s the Bernini Bird Bathe and Water Feature. Designed at…