The secret garden in the heart of London

You could be forgiven for not knowing about Chelsea Physic Garden. In fact, the first few times I visited, I would get lost and could be found aimlessly trying to shake the gates of the private communal gardens of Chelsea. My smiley friend Wendy has recently joined the team at the garden as a marketing guru,…

Is Iris-mania about to sweep the nation? Here are 5 of the best!

If anyone ever asks me my favourite flower (which is my least favourite question..), I usually mumble Iris. But, I think it actually IS my favourite. I have fond memories of painting an Iris on a stone for my Nana when I was at school. I also used to marvel over her Bearded Iris patch,…

7 super snowdrops at the RHS spring show

The world seems to have gone crazy for snowdrops over the last few years. Those snowy flower fans are known as Galanthophiles. So far, I had avoided this botanical obsession. Although today, I could not resist any longer, as a small corner of The Royal Horticultural Society spring show become home to Galanthomania! Here are…

The RHS Urban Garden Show: the plant show for everyone

From the moment I entered the Lindley Hall today, I knew something was different. This was an RHS London Show, but it wasn’t just any show. The display stalls were set at jaunty angles, there were no trestle tables- just chipboard on rock cages, some plants hung upside down, moss was dripping from shelves, and cacti and succulents were…

Where to find better plants

Continuing my ‘hidden horticulture’ series, I want to explore the plight of specialist nurseries. Occasionally hidden down small country lanes, off the beaten track, and with little funds for advertising, they can struggle to survive. That’s where the colloquially named ‘Indie Plant Guide’ comes in to play! The antidote to the repetitive, almost factory-produced plant…