Match your Christmas theme to your Poinsettia

Poinsettia Day is upon us! December 12th is the day to celebrate this festive plant in all its glory, and one way that we can do that is by including it in our Christmas decor. Not only does it look Christmassy, the Poinsettia has close links with the biggest holiday of the year. Native to…

Explore South China Botanic Garden with me

Last Friday I took myself off on another little day trip. This time, me and taxi driver Jack went to the South China Botanic Garden, on the recommendation of one of my followers. It was quite a smooth ride, less than an hour to the city of Guangzhou. Even though I was being a bit…

A Holly is not just for Christmas!

Think Holly. Think Danger. No, that’s not the case with ‘Gentle’, the newest and friendly Holly you can grow! It certainly lives up to its name with the same crisped (some might say festive!) look, but with softer, less dominant prickles. This Holly also has the much sought-after purple blue tinge to its foliage during…

How to re-flower a Christmas cactus

Have you treated yourself to a Christmas Cactus? Or maybe a loved one has gifted it to you, and you’re not quite sure how to re-flower those colourful blooms? In this post, I’ll help you understand more about this fun and festive cactus, also known as Schlumbergera, and how to re-flower it. Flowering from late November…

A deeper shade of blue

Blue is all around us. It’s what our eyes distinguish when we see the sky and sea. It’s in every smoothie-lover’s favourite superfood, the blueberry. It’s even found in our eyes themselves (or, at least, some of us). The fact that it’s Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020 is no surprise, as this calming, serene…

Weird & Wacky Plants raises over £1000 for Greenfingers Charity

For the duration of 2019, I pledged 20% of takings from every Weird & Wacky Plant Show to Greenfingers Charity, raising £1040 in total! Greenfingers create magical and inspiring gardens for children to use for play, relaxation and therapeutic rest. This donation will therefore go directly to benefit children all over the UK who spend…

DIY: Wreath-making with your garden clippings

Wreath-making may seem slightly intimidating, especially if you are starting from nothing but raw materials, but it isn’t that difficult. If you can make a circle and have a little patience, you will surprise yourself with the results.  Gathering materials The only gardening tool you will need is a good pruner. Start by checking your…

What’s next for houseplants in 2020?

It’s no surprise that the houseplant market is flourishing. The RHS reported a 50% rise in houseplant sales in the last year, meaning that the trend for decorating our homes with greenery isn’t going away anytime soon. The world of houseplants hasn’t been without its trends: at first it was cacti and succulents, then the…

Plant of the month: Thuja ‘Totem Smaragd’

Do you dare to grow a conifer in your garden! Your first impression might be that they are invasive/boring/unruly* delete as appropriate here! However, times have changed, and conifers can be handsome, graceful and dare we say, sexy… Conifers could even be part of the next big trend… they’ve got colour, form, longevity, plus they’re…

The Happy Dog Cookbook’s plant based treats

When you were little, your parents probably told you to eat your veggies, with the promise that you’d grow up to be strong. As humans, eating vegetables is important for us as it provides us with the nutrients our body needs to function, and some of these nutrients can’t be obtained from eating only meat….

3 weird & wacky plants to grow and eat

There are plenty of Weird and Wacky Plants across the world (as I’ve talked about in this blog post), but did you know that you really don’t have to venture far to experience the best of what the plant world has to offer? There are even Weird & Wacky Plants that you can grow at…

5 very easy steps to making a pumpkin vase

We’ve seen many fantastic ways to display pumpkins, from mesmerising 3D carvings to spray painting. But there’s still so much room for creativity with this orange squash – like a pumpkin vase! Guest blogger Lily Hall has worked within the incredible world of floral design for four years, and is currently studying a BA Hons…