10 New York flowers to inspire you during May

The bridging weeks between spring and summer are always magical, as the garden truly comes alive! Last week, I was hanging out in the native plant garden at the New York Botanical Garden, and was fan-girling all over the place! The 3.5 acre native garden features only plants that are native to north-eastern USA and…

What’s this Chihuly thing then?

It can be hard to choose the right material features for your garden, but have you ever considered using glass? The American artist, Dale Chihuly, has led the development of glass blowing becoming a form of fine art. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly’s training included a spell in Venice, where he observed how teams blow glass. He…

Behind the scenes at HSN

‘It isn’t all glamour.’ That’s what I spend a lot of my time telling people when they say they admire my job.. I feel like it’s a justification, perhaps even a guilty reaction for having a career that I love. Well, truth is it isn’t ALWAYS glamourous. Sometimes (*often) you’re up at 3am to fly, present…

Where the Flamingoes and Frangipani mingle

I’m (happily) based in Florida for a few weeks, whilst I present for USA channel, HSN. Whilst I’m here, I have TOTALLY fallen in love with St Petersburg. This charming city is chilled out, has just the right balance of alternative, plus it’s a botanics wet dream!! Today I finally got to somewhere that everyone had been recommending to…

9 things you will like about America

Whilst there are some things that un-nerve and disgruntle an Englishman in America, there are quite a few things that are warming: 1. You seldom have to walk far. 2. The service, whilst working for a tip, is so attentive that you’ll hate being back in the U.K., where the service is lacklustre at best. 3. Everyone…