5 plants that tick all the wildlife boxes

There’s no denying the satisfaction you get when you see furry and winged friends visiting your garden to pollinate, eat and even just to frolic in your bird baths or wildlife hideaways. It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing that you’ve provided an environment where our wonderful wild animals feel safe. However, there’s also no denying that…

How would YOU style the Love Island villa?

Love Island is back on our screens, and although I’m not an avid follower of the programme, I’ve been dragged into it this year by a friend – and I admit, I’m kind of addicted. But when I’m not following the drama, I’m spotting the landscaping choices of the villa (this year it’s based in…

How new plants are made

Have you ever wondered how the plants sitting on a garden centre bench are actually created? During my visit to Danziger in Israel, Lab Manager Osnat gave me all the answers! From tiny shards of plants to voluptuous flowering garden specimens, here’s the journey of Petunia ‘Queen of Hearts’. 1. Obtaining the material In Danziger,…

Lomandra ‘White Sands’

Chances are you won’t have heard of Lomandra! This mysterious plant has a severe case of mistaken identity, as it’s not in fact a grass AT ALL. Lomandra plants are actually part of the Asparagus family, following a recent classification from the Lily family. However, put all that aside, and be prepared to embrace Lomandra…

Benefits of a conservatory for your beloved plants

If you’ve been itching to renovate your house to add more space for your beloved plants, a conservatory may be the answer. While it can serve as a wonderful place to sit, relax, and have a cup of tea, it also poses some benefits not just for yourself, but for your plants as well. So,…

Awkward Gardener’s question and answer time

Dan Hatch is a long-time journalist, comedian and RHS horticulture student who blogs as The Awkward Gardener. His attempts to create flourishing garden at his small east London maisonette have been quite an adventure, with endless mishaps, hospital visits, run ins with the law and a cast of colourful characters. His most popular blog post…

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…