Why everyone should grow Stapelia plants

How much do you know about Stapelias? Known as the ‘starfish flower’, there is much more to Stapelias than meets the eye – namely, that which meets the nose! Grant Meyer, tends to his fantastic garden in the warm climes of Arizona. He boasts an enviable collection of succulents, and is often spotted decorating his…

10 reasons why you should grow an insect eating plant!

Insect-eating plants have always been a fascination of mine, and they are often the first plant that children want to grow. However, the Venus Fly Trap is usually the chosen one. But, have you ever seen a Pitcher Plant?? Yes, it’s a real plant, not just an extra from the Little Shop of Horrors! I’m…

9 fascinating plants from the American state of Utah

I am fresh back from vacation, and eager to look up all the fantastic plants I discovered out in the wild west of Utah! Many of the plants spotted are outside of this plant geek’s knowledge pool, so I needed the help of a fellow plant geek! Step forward the ‘botanical jesus’, Jason Baker, who…

39 amazing new plants in the USA right now!

I have had an a.mazing few days at the Cultivate Show in Columbus, Ohio. This was my first USA trade show visit, and I was overwhelmed by how many people already recognised me, and would throw themselves at me as I walked the aisles. Thank you, America, I love you back. But, right now, let’s…

Love coffee? Love plants? You’ll love these cafes!

This isn’t quite the article that you may expect. It isn’t about where to eat organic, green food, moreover it’s about where to eat and drink amongst GREENERY! I am super lucky to travel the world with my Plant Geek activities and always make a special effort to track down spots where I can indulge…

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…

9 things you won’t like about America

America is great, of course. But there are some things that will puzzle, irk, amuse and frustrate you; in that order. 1. Indulgent, carb rich food is heavily advertised and super tasty 2. Toilet cubicles have minimal privacy, people can see over, under and through the door. 2a. 1 and 2 aren’t linked, I promise….

The most epic train journey in the USA.

Sometimes the long way around things is more exciting and interesting. So rather than select a 39 dollar flight from LAX to Seattle, I decided to go by Amtrak. Rather than a few hours, this would take me a couple of days. The journey began in Los Angeles, as I dropped my hire car at…