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…

5 things to do with a 22 pound, record-breaking carrot!

Have you heard about the 22 pound carrot unearthed by Minnesota gardener, Chris Qualley? The orange tangled mess has actually landed him into the Guinness World Records! Chris Qualley had grown the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at an eye-watering 22.4 pounds (10.1kg)! The previous record holder is Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, in the UK,…

Instagram Plant Spy: The most incredible art made with flowers!

Rather than traditional floristry, many Instagram users are taking their blooms and making something entirely different. I am gobsmacked at the skill used to make these compositions! Enjoy! I’m not sure I could ever be that creative, but maybe you could be. Have a go, and send me some pictures of how it went!  …

Four salads and a muffin: some seasonal recipes by Stephanie Hafferty

Why not eat the rainbow and make the most of autumn harvests by transforming them into delicious vegetable-filled salads! Here are 4 brilliant recipes, plus a tasty muffin one using some unusual ingredients! Guest Blogger, Stephanie Hafferty is famed for creating the delicious lunches during Charles Dowding’s gardening courses with affordable, seasonal healthy food . She has…

Instagram Plant Spy: Amazing art with autumn leaves

With autumn on the way, I thought our Instagram Plant Spy this week should focus on autumn leaves and their absolutely awesome colours. I’ve chosen 10 Instagram users who’ve been influenced by the autumn art of Andy Goldsworthy, the famed environmentalist and land art sculptor. Why not go for an autumn walk and create some…