An exciting announcement

Our brand new podcast all about plants Me and my partner in plants, Ellen Mary, are very pleased to announce the imminent release of our new project, The Plant Based Podcast! This is a podcast devoted to the world of plants, in EVERY form. Plants you can grow, plants you can eat, plants you can wear, plants that make you feel good, even plants you can eat…

49 uses for pull cord lighting in the garden and home

Lighting has both decorative and practical uses in the garden and home, whether it’s jazzing up  a summer garden party or navigating a dark loft space. It can look great by day or by night! These new contemporary pull cord light bulbs turn on easily by gently pulling the bulb downwards. There’s also a nifty…

Behind the scenes at HSN

‘It isn’t all glamour.’ That’s what I spend a lot of my time telling people when they say they admire my job.. I feel like it’s a justification, perhaps even a guilty reaction for having a career that I love. Well, truth is it isn’t ALWAYS glamourous. Sometimes (*often) you’re up at 3am to fly, present…

The ban on gnomes by the Garden Ninja

In the second of the series of blogs covering the story of the gnome, guest blogger ‘The Garden Ninja’ explores why gnomes attract haters…!  “Why are gnomes under threat? Gardening has always been a serious hobby; taking time, effort, some horticultural skill and patience. Commercial garden centres have over taken many of the local nurseries and…

The history of the gnome by the Garden Ninja

Guest blogger, Lee (a.k.a The Garden Ninja!) delves into the history of the gnome! “Garden gnomes are often seen as lovable. The brightly-coloured, terracotta models stand steadfast in gardens all year, just like its summer every day. My hazy childhood gardening memories are filled with explorations of neighbouring gardens trying to find gnomes, or racing around…

The RHS Urban Garden Show: the plant show for everyone

From the moment I entered the Lindley Hall today, I knew something was different. This was an RHS London Show, but it wasn’t just any show. The display stalls were set at jaunty angles, there were no trestle tables- just chipboard on rock cages, some plants hung upside down, moss was dripping from shelves, and cacti and succulents were…

18 other things about China

I may as well be an alien in the streets. People stare and sometimes people take clandestine photos of me. I have never seen so many pairs of knickers and bras for sale Every shopping centre is a labyrinth, full of the aforementioned underwear. There is nobody here taller than my shoulder height, apart from…

Stuff:

STUFF: Is it all it’s cracked up to be?? ‘I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff’ might be a typically dripping wet meme and probably shared on social media 1001 times a day (which is why I’m confidently using the photo without checking permissions!), but damn it feels…