How to attract 7 different types of wildlife into our gardens

Aside from the usual resolutions we see each year – quit smoking, lose weight, travel more – there is one thing that should be on more New Year’s resolution lists, and that’s loving and looking after our wildlife (tell me your resolutions in the comments below!). It may not seem like it at first glance,…

How to work the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 into your garden

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is Living Coral. This happy-but-calming shade can be worked into your closet, home decor and even your food (yes really), but how do you work with it in your garden? Here are some ideas on how to incorporate the colour into your back yard to make it super trendy….

Keeping bees buzzing in winter

If you’re wondering ‘what happens to bees in winter?’, well, they don’t just go away. Although they’re not as prevalent in UK gardens as they are in summer, our black and yellow friends are still alive and well. They may be spending more time huddling in their hives than buzzing about your Buddleia, but it’s…

Tips and tricks for your Christmas plants (and Christmas Tree!)

There’s enough stress over Christmas without having to worry about your plants, too. However, just like needy house guests, they will need your attention too! However, this year, let me lend you a helping hand with my ‘Christmas Plant Tips and Tricks’. Grow the freshest Christmas Tree, keep your Poinsettia gleaming, and train your Amaryllis…

10 Gardeners Gifts for Christmas 2018

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for gardeners, you’re in the right place. I would say that gardeners are one of the easiest groups of people to buy for at Christmas. There’s so much to choose from: accessories, plants, fashion – the list goes on! So whether you’ve got a family member, friend or work…

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…

A Mr Plant Geek guide to houseplants

Did you know that there’s a revolution going in the gardening world right now? And it’s all about houseplants! The Instagram and social media generation have discovered the joy and beauty of growing indoor plants, and uploaded 1.1million images of them to date! Of course, keen gardeners and plants-people already knew that houseplants were cool,…

This gardening product will actually make you want to clean

Keeping your outdoor space clean and tidy won’t just make your garden sparkle, but it’ll also keep pests and disease at bay. However, maintaining a happy and healthy garden isn’t always easy. Who wants to spend weekends on their knees scrubbing patios, balancing on ladders, or dragging your old knackered pressure washer out of the…

9 early predictions on 2019 planting trends

There’s only one place in the UK that you can view over 5000 patio containers, 650 hanging baskets and colourful borders packed with 25,000 plants, and that is Ball Colegrave in Banbury. This is the place where the garden centre buyers and mail order product developers go shopping for new plants and fresh ideas. This…

Enjoy Lilies without the drama with this new invention!

Lilies are much loved, but also much feared, in the eyes of cat lovers. The pollen of real Lilies can be poisonous to cats. Rather than take the risk, most cat lovers have removed all traces of lovely Lilies from their gardens. Likewise, fashionistas often go to great lengths to avoid Lilies for fear of…

Adding personality to your garden

You may not think that jewellery is your thing. But have you ever thought of using it in your outdoor space? Accessorising the garden can add flair and personality. In some cases, it can completely transform your outdoor space, even if you’re on a budget. Now, just to be clear, we aren’t just talking about…