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…

Why I always hate August in the garden- by Ellen Mary

By the time we swing into August, us gardeners are harvesting the fruits of our labour with an abundance of cut flowers, trugs of vegetables and tubs of freshly picked fruit. Then we sit back in the garden, feet up with a tipple and enjoy every moment…right? Not so! Ellen Mary can’t be the only…

Gardening in Florida; An Idiot’s Self Taught Journey

I can see it now…my own little tropical paradise. Birds of paradise, tropical hibiscus, bougainvillea, plumeria. A feeling of a relaxing Caribbean vacation when I step outside my front door. Growing up in the Michigan countryside, so many fantasies were conjured in my mind when I found out I was relocating to beautiful and sunny…

Win a bunch of letterbox flowers from Bloom & Wild!

Bloom & Wild is re-defining the flower delivery experience, making the giving and receiving of beautiful fresh flowers more joyful than a bunch of hastily-grabbed forecourt carnations! Bunches are stylish, colour-blended and include some distinctive cut bloom choices! The unique design of their packaging means that flowers and plants can be delivered straight through the…

Your summer safety guide: all about poisons, prickles, pets and ponds

Keep your children safe in the garden this summer by getting to know your outdoor space. Here’s my guide to poisons, prickles, pets and ponds, with some help from The Royal Horticultural Society. POISONS Be aware of the dangerous plants in your garden and educate your kids. Teach them not to attempt to eat any berries…

Should you be faking it in the garden?

The UK seems to have a love-hate relationship with fake flowers, and following today’s ITV This Morning feature about ‘faking it in the garden’, I felt we should explore why people fake it, and how they do it! ‘Would you rather see a garden full of weeds growing through a mattress, propped up against a…