Weird and Wacky goes to BBC Gardener’s World Live!

Haven’t been to an event on The Weird and Wacky Plants Tour yet? What have you been doing?! I’ll forgive you if you join me at BBC Gardener’s World Live… This summer, I will be attending the world-renowned BBC Gardener’s World Live exhibition on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. Based at the Birmingham NEC,…

We’re all going to Lamprocapnos!

Sorry, but to me ‘Lamprocapnos’ sounds more like a Greek holiday destination than a traditional cottage garden plant. But then its close relative ‘Dactylicapnos’ sounds more like a flying dinosaur than a climbing plant! What am I talking about? Dicentras, or what used to be Dicentras. Name changes nearly always annoy gardeners Occasionally, someone asks…

Eight ways to remix your outdoor space this summer

Container gardening is on the rise.  Not only does it look good, it can serve a practical purpose too. This simple and effective style of gardening can add drama to any outdoor area. It’s the ideal solution for those with little or no garden space.   There is no back breaking digging and no creepy…

Watch me grow

When you have children, teaching them to grow their own food is a wonderful thing, as we’ve seen previously in a post from from guest blogger Richard Chivers! Luckily, there are many suitable plants for kids to grow into delicious veg. Read on to find out more… Today’s guest blogger is Gemma Hall. Gemma writes as…

Summer Show-Off Agapanthus ‘Twister’: Plant of the Month

I perhaps shouldn’t be highlighting this month’s plant to you, because it will create a few headaches around the industry..  Agapanthus ‘Twister’ ‘AMBIC001’  is such a gardener’s favourite that plant producers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand. So when you see it, if you want it, you need to SNAP IT UP. The fancy blooms,…

How expensive is gardening in the UK?

Although it’s a popular hobby for many, gardening can be expensive. The cost of gardening adds up as we keep up with new trends and keep our gardens looking their best. It’s estimated that over the course of a gardener’s lifetime, they’ll spend £30,000 on tending to their garden. A staggering amount by anyone’s standards,…

Can social media improve your gardening?

There’s no doubt that social media is the new way to communicate. And it may remain the preferred mode of communication for some years to come. But can you use it to improve your gardening? Our guest blogger for today’s post is Robbie Cave. Robbie has worked in retail horticulture for his entire adult life….

Beard vs Brawn: The Big Challenge

You’ve see me back on your QVC screens recently, and may have also spotted Tommy, the guy with the power tools. We could not be more different, The Plant Geek and The Tool Nerd. After chatting with Tommy off air, it soon became clear that I’ve got something that he wants, and he’s got (two…

Creating an urban jungle paradise

Creating an urban jungle paradise in or around London (or even finding a house with a decent garden) can prove an impossible task for some, but not for Alex and Joe, who fell in love over their mutual passion for gardening. The pair’s award-winning garden in South East London has been nurtured since 2012, forming…

Grow your own fitness

Want to get fit? Grow your own! Homegrown vegetables are nutritious, healthy and surprisingly easy to produce yourself! Why choose homegrown vegetables? The arrival of brighter spring days often signals the end of our winter stew dependence, as our tastebuds suddenly crave lighter, healthier fare. There’s only so much bad food a body can take…

10 green blooms for St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Ireland has had an association with the colour green since the 11th century, and it’s customary to wear a shamrock leaf, green clothing or green accessories on the famous festival day. But, I want to look at how can you celebrate with flowers! Here are 10 unique GREEN blooms! Gladioli ‘Green…