The new Mr Plant Geek Shop t-shirt to add to your plant-drobe

Earlier this year, the Mr Plant Geek Shop had new drops from the Rude Botany range, a long-awaited Virtual Garden addition, and brand new mugs and accessories. Now, it’s time for something a little different – a stunning Orchid design! Us Plant Geeks love to wear our favourite plants with pride! The Orchid t-shirt This…

See more of Mr Plant Geek on YouTube

I know that we might not all have time to sit down and read every day, which is why I’m dedicating some time to improving my YouTube channel, creating fun and informative videos for you to watch while you’re on your commute, out in the garden in between mowing and weeding, or before you go…

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…

Plant of the month: Thuja ‘Totem Smaragd’

Do you dare to grow a conifer in your garden! Your first impression might be that they are invasive/boring/unruly* delete as appropriate here! However, times have changed, and conifers can be handsome, graceful and dare we say, sexy… Conifers could even be part of the next big trend… they’ve got colour, form, longevity, plus they’re…

The Happy Dog Cookbook’s plant based treats

When you were little, your parents probably told you to eat your veggies, with the promise that you’d grow up to be strong. As humans, eating vegetables is important for us as it provides us with the nutrients our body needs to function, and some of these nutrients can’t be obtained from eating only meat….

The origins of Father Christmas and snowmen

Father Christmas and snowmen are icons of the festive period. We know that Father Christmas delivers presents to well-behaved children, and we know that snowmen are made out of snow. But where did they come from? Where does Father Christmas come from? Father Christmas can be traced back to Saint Nicholas. A bishop from Myra,…

3 weird & wacky plants to grow and eat

There are plenty of Weird and Wacky Plants across the world (as I’ve talked about in this blog post), but did you know that you really don’t have to venture far to experience the best of what the plant world has to offer? There are even Weird & Wacky Plants that you can grow at…

5 very easy steps to making a pumpkin vase

We’ve seen many fantastic ways to display pumpkins, from mesmerising 3D carvings to spray painting. But there’s still so much room for creativity with this orange squash – like a pumpkin vase! Guest blogger Lily Hall has worked within the incredible world of floral design for four years, and is currently studying a BA Hons…

What to give a nature lover for Christmas

If you’re hard pressed for what to get a nature lover for Christmas in 2019, I’ve got the perfect gift idea! This bird feed and nest gift hamper, created in an exclusive collaboration with wildlife expert Simon King, ticks all the boxes when it comes to getting the most out of nature in the garden:…

The best of 2019 podcasts

With podcasts growing as a medium, so much so that you can now add them to Spotify playlists, it’s a great time to start listening if you don’t already! And I’ll be sharing some favourites…. This year has been especially busy for podcasters, who have been hard at work creating compelling content in all genres…

Plant of the month: Lavender ‘Phenomenal’

Lloyd Traven, President of Peace Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, writes for the Mr Plant Geek blog about how my ‘Plant of the Month’, Lavender ‘Phenomenal’, was developed and what makes it different. “We had a large number of cuttings from a field that were literally melting overnight (30,000), but there was a tiny little patch…

The ultimate Christmas gardening gift guide 2019

When a Christmas giftee has a gardening hobby, you might think they’re easy to buy for – however, I can speak from experience when I say that they’ve probably been gifted more gardening gloves, tubes of hand cream and trowels than they can find a place for! Treat them to something really different this Christmas…

9 inspiring gardening take-homes from Canada

Travel is one of the best ways to gain knowledge and inspiration. From cultures, to food, to people, there’s always something new waiting at the end of a plane journey – even new gardening styles!   I travelled to Canada earlier this month. In a country where the weather is so extreme, you wouldn’t think…

What is indirect light for houseplants?

Welcome to my WTF Gardening series, where I take common gardening terms and explain them for those who are new to the world of plants. Today’s post is all about positioning houseplants in indirect light. If you’ve ever seen plant care advice on a label, you’ve probably seen a very simple note about plant light,…