The Weird and Wacky Plants Project

I have loved plants since I was just 5 years old, and I especially love unusual, odd, weird plants, and plants that do things you don’t expect them to…! My career has taken me all around the world in my quest to find and learn more about plants! I have now brought all this together…

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…

Geoff Stonebanks, Sussex, UK: Chalet garden by the shore

Geoff Stonebank’s coastal garden, aptly named Driftwood, sits between Brighton and Eastbourne. Geoff opens the garden to the public yearly and raises money for charity (over £95k in the past nine years!). Driftwood is a triangular shape, measuring 100ft in length, 40ft at its widest width and 20ft at its narrowest. The ground is mostly…

Why should I replace my lawnmower? *PLUS Win a Lawnmower!*

Lawnmowers are trusty, handy, reliable things which we can often take for granted. Much of the time, they’re inherited – you might have held on to your dad’s old mower that he begrudgingly lent to you when you moved out, and never got back. And so your mower finally starts to look as if it’s…

Rock that festival look outdoors this summer

Don’t fancy risking the English weather at one of the summer festivals? Then why not create your own festival in your outdoor space? Accessorise and choose the right plants to create your own relaxing chill out zone.   Props and plants to create that festival garden look   For borders, choose open, airy plants such…

The infinite possibilities of balcony gardening

You can create a garden in the smallest of spaces these days, thanks to the latest technology and plant choices. From flowers to vegetables and herbs, which will be super useful in the kitchen.  What you need to optimise your small space garden The new VegTrug is the best way to jump right to…

49 uses for pull cord lighting in the garden and home

Lighting has both decorative and practical uses in the garden and home, whether it’s jazzing up  a summer garden party or navigating a dark loft space. It can look great by day or by night! These new contemporary pull cord light bulbs turn on easily by gently pulling the bulb downwards. There’s also a nifty…

Upgrade your coffee choice – and try out some iced coffee too!

Right now, you probably just reach for whatever coffee brand is on the supermarket shelf or in the chiller, even though it’s not that great.. I know how it can be, you’re used to the brand, and don’t want to risk trying anything else.. However, why not think out of the box when it comes…

Plants in Focus: The garland Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

The Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now in it’s 9th year, and the contest has seen some amazing introductions- from tropical hardy Foxgloves to patio Mulberry trees. However, 2018 was the year of the Hydrangea, as ‘Runaway Bride’ clinched the title of Plant of the Year. This new breakthrough…

Find out more about growing chillies!

Ever wondered about growing chillies? Horticultural ‘Obbit talks about the learning curve of growing this spicy fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) and the joy of experimentation.  Growing chillies in Britain You can grow most things in Blighty. Even chillies. Hot ones, at that. The very first seeds that I had ever sown, were chili seeds. I…

6 small-space veg garden hacks

With more and more people, and less space every day, it can be difficult to build a space to nurture your passion for urban gardening. However, if you are restricted in terms of space, there are a few ways to make the most of what you have! Garden writer (and urban gardener) Alice Whitehead is…

What’s going on at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018?

BBC Gardeners’ World Live has it’s finger on the pulse of gardening. Here, you can get inspiration, advice and tips to get your gardening off to a great start this summer. Yours truly will be there on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June too – what’s not to love! Book tickets with my special discount code MPG1 to save…

7 flowers to give that Royal Wedding look in your gardens

The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle wowed the world with a front entrance bedecked in white flowers and leafy green foliage, as Meghan and her bridesmaids grasped the most beautiful flower bouquets in pure white. With such a high profile event, watched by 18 million Britons, there are bound…

The top 10 most iconic floral album covers

Album covers are like a form of art which make a statement about the musician(s) who made it, or the specific musical work within. Some artists may choose to display an image of themselves on the cover, whilst some choose to take a more symbolic route – or they might even opt for both. There…