These life-like paper flowers will blow your mind

We all know that, no matter how many techniques we try, cut flowers will only last so long. And if it’s longevity you’re after, paper flowers could be one of your options. Artificial flowers are becoming increasingly popular as a beautiful long lasting alternative to fresh flowers, either for your home decor, wedding or any…

An easy way to get kids into gardening

There are those of us who like to appreciate plants from afar, and some who like to get our hands dirty. When it comes to kids, I think it’s safe to say that most of them prefer the latter. Hands up if you ever made mud pies when you were younger! While it’s easy to…

Your top 10 favourite floral paintings

We all have our definitions of what art is. For some, it’s Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ or Damien Hirst’s ‘Mother and Child (Divided)’. For others it might be Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. But whatever your preference, I think most of us can agree that a plant geek’s favourite art has to include floral paintings…

Win 1 of 5 PlantGrow Natural Fertiliser packages

You might have read about PlantGrow, gardening’s new natural phenomenon, in a previous article from me – but how about the chance to win it? I’m giving away five sets of PlantGrow‘s amazing organic fertiliser – the perfect friend to your garden, and to wildlife, pets and children. PlantGrow is made from 100% plants through…

Drag queens and daylilies

A couple of Saturdays ago at the Allen Centennial Garden at University of Wisconsin-Madison, a merging of drag queen culture and horticulture took place! Drag Queens and Daylilies saw queens Lucy von Cucci and Miss Diana working with ACG Staff, Ben Futa (Director) and Elin Meliska (Programs and Community Engagement), to make plants cool and accessible to their…

Could gardening be your ‘ikigai’?

Have you discovered your ‘ikigai’? This Japanese concept, said to have orginated in Okinawa (which has the world’s largest population of centenarians), is all about finding an activity which fuels your passion, gives you energy, and provides a sense of contentment. It could be the reason why Okinawans live so long! The word itself is…

Who’s your favourite hot fictional gardener?

From Jon Snow to Harvey Specter, we’ve all had a little bit of a crush on a TV or film character. But what about the gardeners of the silver screen? It’s safe to say there are a few who would send a shiver up one’s Rubus cockburnianus. In this post, I talk about who’s on my…

The top 5 floral book covers

Thanks to the popularity of my floral album covers post, I’ve decided to put together a post dedicated to floral book covers. This is my homage to the literary world and the designers who use flowers as their inspiration. Some of these covers are special editions, some are originals, but all are really striking in…

Upgrade your coffee choice – and try out some iced coffee too!

Right now, you probably just reach for whatever coffee brand is on the supermarket shelf or in the chiller, even though it’s not that great.. I know how it can be, you’re used to the brand, and don’t want to risk trying anything else.. However, why not think out of the box when it comes…

What’s going on at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018?

BBC Gardeners’ World Live has it’s finger on the pulse of gardening. Here, you can get inspiration, advice and tips to get your gardening off to a great start this summer. Yours truly will be there on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June too – what’s not to love! Book tickets with my special discount code MPG1 to save…

The top 10 most iconic floral album covers

Album covers are like a form of art which make a statement about the musician(s) who made it, or the specific musical work within. Some artists may choose to display an image of themselves on the cover, whilst some choose to take a more symbolic route – or they might even opt for both. There…

What will Meghan Markle’s wedding bouquet look like?

With the royal wedding taking place tomorrow, many people have been speculating what kind of flower arrangements we’ll be seeing. Meghan’s bridal bouquet is a particular source of excitement, as previous royal wedding bouquets have vastly differed from bride to bride. With this in mind, I take a look at previous royal wedding bouquet arrangements,…