Plants to trigger your trypophobia

Trypophobia is a weird fear (or morbid curiosity) we never knew we had until the internet came along. And, luckily or unluckily for us Plant Geeks, there are lots of chances for us to get our fill of trypophobia in the natural world. But first… What is trypophobia? Trypophobia is a fear of clusters of…

10 amazing brown blooms in our natural world

I’ve been fascinated with the plant world for over 30 years, and love sharing my findings with you all. Now, we all know how popular black flowers are, but how about BROWN! Does this colour exist in the flower world? The answer is YES, and it’s a lot more appealing than you might imagine! Aristlochia littoralis…

Exploring the heavenly world of the Hyacinth

What’s a Hyacinth? I think I recognise them, but aren’t they a bit old fashioned?? Stop that right now! Hyacinths are amazing, and a very rewarding spring bulb to grow. They are indeed mostly recognised for their strong fragrance, a fragrance which often sees them banished to the spare room after a week in the…

5 things to consider before designing your garden

Your outdoor space is an extension of your house, and it can become a relaxing haven for outdoor cooking or a space to have fun with your loved ones. It can be daunting to start a green space from nothing, and even worse if you are feeling uninspired. However, irrespective of the size of your…

10 Weird & Wacky plants you can grow at home

As Instagram has shown, everybody seems to love houseplants right now. From succulents to Aloe vera, we can’t seem to get enough of all that green. And, according to Horticulture Week, we haven’t yet hit ‘peak houseplant’, which means there’s still time to get on the bandwagon if you haven’t already. On my Weird &…

The top 5 rudest Weird & Wacky plants

People might say these plants are rude – I just call it botany. The plant world is a fascinating place, and it continues to surprise us with plants that look, well, a little familiar. From orchids which look like little naked men, to a phallic fungus, it’s easy to see where these plants got their…

10 Weird & Wacky plants your kids will love

If you’ve ever been to a show on my Weird & Wacky Plants Tour, you’ll know that things can get a little smutty. However, if you’ve ever thought your kids would enjoy learning about weird and wacky plants too, don’t worry because they definitely can! I’ve compiled a list of unusual plants for kids, so…

This gardening product will actually make you want to clean

Keeping your outdoor space clean and tidy won’t just make your garden sparkle, but it’ll also keep pests and disease at bay. However, maintaining a happy and healthy garden isn’t always easy. Who wants to spend weekends on their knees scrubbing patios, balancing on ladders, or dragging your old knackered pressure washer out of the…

7 insects you’ve been loving in summer 2018

Last month, I asked you on Facebook and Twitter what your favourite summer insects have been this year – and you came back with some truly fabulous specimens. A couple of you even sent in photos of sleeping foxes and curious frogs! As a plant geek, it’s in my interest to promote the welfare of…

Enjoy Lilies without the drama with this new invention!

Lilies are much loved, but also much feared, in the eyes of cat lovers. The pollen of real Lilies can be poisonous to cats. Rather than take the risk, most cat lovers have removed all traces of lovely Lilies from their gardens. Likewise, fashionistas often go to great lengths to avoid Lilies for fear of…

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…