Adding personality to your garden

You may not think that jewellery is your thing. But have you ever thought of using it in your outdoor space? Accessorising the garden can add flair and personality. In some cases, it can completely transform your outdoor space, even if you’re on a budget. Now, just to be clear, we aren’t just talking about…

Top 7 foolproof allotment plants

It’s National Allotment Week! From 13th to 19th August, the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners will encourage allotments to open their gates, allowing more people to get involved in the wonderful world of growing-your-own. To celebrate, Kirsty of My Little Allotment is sharing her top seven foolproof allotment plants with us. Kirsty started…

Why Tulip time comes early this year

Tulips are an ever popular spring bulb, and one that really announces the arrival of spring, like the world’s biggest and most colourful carnival, parading around your own back garden! Actually available in EVERY colour of the rainbow, and in a myriad of shapes, sizes and patterns, you just can’t be without them. But, why…

Win 1 of 5 PlantGrow Natural Fertiliser packages

You might have read about PlantGrow, gardening’s new natural phenomenon, in a previous article from me – but how about the chance to win it? I’m giving away five sets of PlantGrow‘s amazing organic fertiliser – the perfect friend to your garden, and to wildlife, pets and children. PlantGrow is made from 100% plants through…

It’s not too late to take part in the Big Butterfly Count 2018

You might have heard about the council worker who destroyed a butterfly meadow that was being used as part of the Big Butterfly Count this year – well, we don’t know if we’ll ever make that big of a blunder at work, but at least we can be sure to enjoy watching some beautiful winged…

Drag queens and daylilies

A couple of Saturdays ago at the Allen Centennial Garden at University of Wisconsin-Madison, a merging of drag queen culture and horticulture took place! Drag Queens and Daylilies saw queens Lucy von Cucci and Miss Diana working with ACG Staff, Ben Futa (Director) and Elin Meliska (Programs and Community Engagement), to make plants cool and accessible to their…

QVC Show Dates

Want to see me on your tellybox? See below for the dates of my future QVC shows, where I’ll be discussing the latest plants and gardening equipment on the channel, along with demonstrations and tips on how to use everything!   20/08/18 Monday, midnight show 25/08/18 Saturday, 9am (2 hours), Michael Perry’s Garden World 26/08/18 Sunday midnight…

5 of the biggest plant-care mistakes

Let’s face it, plants, gardening, green stuff… it can all seem a bit intimidating to some! It often seems like you need some secret knowledge to get it right, a skilled hand, green fingers… But, that’s not so! By following a few basic plant care points you can avoid some of the usual mistakes! I’ve…

Is my lawn dead?

If you’re looking out at your garden, cup of tea in hand and asking yourself ‘is my lawn dead?’, you’re not alone. With the current lack of rain combined with soaring temperatures, Britain is set for one of the driest summers ever, which unfortunately means that most of us are seeing something that looks a…

Adopt a plant at Morden Hall Park

Do you ever wonder what happens to all the plants after a flower show? Well, this summer, the beautiful plants at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show are being giving a lasting legacy at Morden Hall Park thanks to landscape architecture and art practice, Wayward, the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society. 연중행사…

Grow your own herbal teas in the kitchen

If you’re a coffee fiend like me, you may find that you get carried away with the brown stuff, and find yourself sitting bolt upright in a caffeine-crazed trance by noon. Avoid that, and an over-enthusiastic and less than healthy heart-rate, by opting for herbal tea instead! However, I’m not suggesting you fool around with tea…

Could gardening be your ‘ikigai’?

Have you discovered your ‘ikigai’? This Japanese concept, said to have orginated in Okinawa (which has the world’s largest population of centenarians), is all about finding an activity which fuels your passion, gives you energy, and provides a sense of contentment. It could be the reason why Okinawans live so long! The word itself is…