How to spot orchids on your lawn

Next time you’re buzzing around your lawn, watch out for bee orchids. These fabulous flowers have developed to look just like a bee, tricking our yellow and black friends into landing on it to mate – when, in fact, the flower is using the bee for pollination. A turf expert with over 35 years’ experience,…

5 tips for creating a coastal garden

There are many benefits of living by the coast: the opportunity to take a long, relaxing walk and breath in the clean air; the chance to get fresh sea produce on your doorstep; and the scope for creativity that comes with a coastal garden. Today’s guest blogger, Geoff Stonebanks, is the owner of Driftwood Garden,…

How to Spot Edible Weeds

Could weeding be the bane of any gardener’s life? Maybe – but what if you could eat them? Yes, I know we’ve talked about edible flowers on Mr Plant Geek before, but edible weeds are also a thing! Charlotte Petts is an organic gardener and all round biophile based in East Sussex. She pops up…

5 tips for awesome roses

Revered around the globe, the rose is undoubtedly the world’s most beloved flower. They have been depicted in history, art and architecture and most importantly grown in our own gardens. Growing roses can seem daunting, but there are simple tips you can follow to help get you started. Chris VanCleave’s rose growing journey began as a…

6 varieties of Snowdrops you should get to know

February is the pinnacle of the Snowdrop season in the UK. Galanthophiles, (collectors of Snowdrops), are busy adding new cultivars to their collections, of which there are now more than 2000 to choose from! Our guest blogger David Rowlinson runs Cornovium Snowdrops, a family business based in Shropshire, to feed his passion for this pretty…

5 benefits of having an allotment

Allotments are old. The arrangement of allotments we recognise today has its roots in the 19th Century, when land was provided to the poor for the provision of growing food. Despite this fact, they are incredibly valuable for our modern life. Luckily, we are not having to dig for victory as our grandparents did during…

10 reasons to love plants

As many of you will have already discovered on Mr Plant Geek, often, being a plant lover begins at a young age and continues to grow with you. For example, previous guest blogger Somnath Pal was just 16 when he fell in love with water lillies! Jermain Bonouvrie, a 17-year-old from The Netherlands, bought his first plant…

The best indoor plants for your office

Winter may be upon us, but house plants are a sure fire way to cheer up the decor in a room – especially an office. ConservatoryBlinds4Less offer a huge variety of blinds – including Roman, thermal and pleated – perfect for your conservatory. Below, they give advice on the best house plants to add life…

The secrets of good garden design

When it comes to your garden, it’s not just the ‘gardening’ part that forms the look of your outdoor paradise. Garden design is important – so get your planning done early to make things a lot easier for you down the line. Lee Burkhill of Garden Ninja Ltd is an RHS Feel Good Gardens Competition…

How you can grow your own beer

It’s a great time to be a craft beer lover in the UK, as we are home to over 2000 breweries. But while many of us have enjoyed a bottle in our lifetimes, it’s easy to overlook the sheer skill and precision that goes into creating a craft beer from scratch. If anyone knows anything…

Confessions of a plant geek

‘Geekiness’ might be considered cool now. But what about those of us who took a long time to come to terms with it? Known as ‘Phytonerd’ on his social media channels, Conrad McCormick is a fellow plant geek. He is a BBC radio contributer, as well as a designer, speaker and writer. He also loves…

What exactly do gardeners do in winter?

Winter gardening: think all activity is halted? Think again! Winter gardening isn’t just obsession – it allows us to sit pretty come spring. Arguing this point is Jack Wallington, an RHS qualified garden designer based in Clapham. His self-confessed ‘bordering on obsession’ love of garden design resulted in his South London garden being featured on the…