New Cactus Shop: searching for the Prick in London

Before you all hit the ‘report abuse’ button, wait! Prick is the actual name of a real life Cactus shop, and it’s a damn cool place at that. Prick London is the brainchild of the lovely Gynelle. It is (possibly) London’s first cactus shop, and is located on the Kingsland Road, in the heart of so called ‘hipster land’. I visited…

Foraging in the local park!

Had a short, crazy adventure today as I tried to show my friend Chris how you can forage in the park, rather than order a Subway for lunch. Needless to say, we failed our task. Watch what happened:

Top Ten star plants at RHS Wisley right now!

RHS Wisley is hands down one of my favourite gardens in the UK, purely for the fact that it offers something for everyone- whether your interest is alpines, cacti, bedding, conifers, roses or carnivorous plants! With so much to choose from, I’ve picked out my favourite TEN for you guys! ONE. Tropaeolum speciosum. The ‘Flame…

The most unique flower show on earth?

If you want to create an outdoor space like no other, with bespoke decorations, plants and furniture, then you should step right through the doors of fresh gardening show, GROW London! I’m desperately trying to avoid the word ‘hipster’, but even non-gardeners can find plenty to enthral at this polished show; with botanical art, succulent…

Why I love Wisley

First things first, Amaryllis, (anyone who listens to Iggy will get that reference): I have not been asked to write this blog. It’s my true feelings, but it’s gonna be as advertorial as heck!

Surprising Shades of Autumn

You cannot resist enjoying this time of year for the autumn colours; everywhere I go I’m greeted with piercing citrus yellows, burning oranges and seductive scarlets- which look all the more gorgeous on days when the skies are clear and blue!

Visit our new plants showcase this summer!

I’m writing this blog as I tuck into my favourite Mexican breakfast in a Giraffe restaurant. I’m off work all week, and as I reach Friday, I’m showing some actual signs of chilling out! I’d trussed myself up with a to do list even from Sunday. It was (and is!) list that is quite exhaustive,…

Plants for the future workshop with the RHS

I was really excited to be invited to a special workshop at RHS Wisley, entitled ‘Plants for the Future’, which brought together plant breeders, product developers, growers, national collection holders, plant licensing companies and other enthusiasts, all with the common interest of NEW PLANTS! The knowledge and skills in that room were quite phenomenal. I…

My garden RIGHT NOW (July)

I thought you all might like to see how my garden’s looking at the moment. It’s the usual tangled of partially-kempt plants, and merry surprises.. but, heck, I like it that way! First up, these bolshy begonias! I am utterly astounded by the performance of these.. you may recognise the flower form as Begonia elatior,…

A day of horticulture, hashtags and selfies

It’s now 2 days since I attended the YoungHort event and I’m still a bit blown away. A group of young horticulturists (mostly half my age!) have shown impressive initiative and formed the ‘YoungHort Ambassadors’, and they held their first event last Friday. I was really chuffed to be asked to speak at the event,…