Could a white Poinsettia be the must-have plant this Christmas?

There has been a definite shift within the last few years, and houseplants are totally on trend right now, something my 10 year old self would be so pleased to see! However, where does that leave ‘gifting plants’, which are usually flowering indoor plants, and sometimes presented in a wicker basket with a bow… Furthermore,…

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…

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…

Getting behind the scenes in the flower industry

Have you ever wondered how and where we choose the plants you grow in your gardens at home? The Flower Trials in Holland and Germany are the most important few days in the horticultural trade calendar year, and buyers and retailers flock from around the globe to see what’s hot and what’s not! During the…

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,…

10 weird plants from around the world

10 weird plants from around the world Small, big, poisonous, glow in the dark – there are weird plants to fit every adjective! In this post I’ll be talking about 10 of the most exciting plants from around the world, each with its own unique quality. Trust me, they’ll blow your mind! Join me on…

An Oxford botanist’s top 10 most fascinating plants

There are unusual plants to be found the world over… And many of these unusual plants are hidden in the deepest reaches of the earth’s rich wilderness. Dr Chris Thorogood, Head of Science and Public Engagement at the University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, has a special interest in the speciation of parasitic…

10 variegated plants that will make you look twice!

Variegation is a word you often here muttered in the gardening world. But, what is it really? Well, a ‘variegated leaf’ has differently coloured zones on its surface. This colouring can sometimes occur on the stems too. Variegated leaves occur spontaneously in nature, and can sometimes be selected and propagated from. They are extremely sought after…

5 amazing bonsai trees to give a zen garden feel!

Zen gardens and bonsai are always a big favourite. Bonsai trees, in particular, have the ability to bring one into a zen-like state with just a gaze. As Mr. Miyagi knows, they go great in any zen garden, as they bring a peaceful vibe into the surrounding landscape.  Cultivation of bonsai trees is a long…