Four days discovering Israel

I am super lucky to have just completed a four day trip in Israel, thanks of the world-famous plant breeding company, Danziger. You can read my posts about the fabulous plants I’ve seen HERE, but right now I want to tell you about my tourist activities! Israel is a fascinating country, which is a blend…

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…

Plant of the month: Winter garden star Sarcococca ‘Winter Gem’

The winter garden just isn’t complete without the lean mean perfume machine that is Sarcococca! Also known as Sweet Box (a name which is much easier on the tongue!) this fantastic evergreen shrub is easy to grow, versatile and one of very few winter fragrances for the garden. It’s a crime that most gardens don’t…

Plant of the month: The show-stopping ‘Platinum Blonde’

There’s a new blonde bombshell on the scene, and she’s set to ruffle a few feathers in the garden border! Introducing the temptress that is ‘Platinum Blonde’. Read on to find out what’s so different about this show-stopper, and here’s a clue, it ain’t the flowers…   The fragrance of Lavender is kinda irresistible, and…

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…

Plant of the Month: the easy care plant Delosperma

Is there truly a plant that will look after itself? A plant that you won’t have to worry about when you go off on holiday? An easy care plant that will save you pounds in those ‘thank you for watering my plant’ gifts.. The answer is yes, and it’s a plant so tough that it…

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…