10 green blooms for St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Ireland has had an association with the colour green since the 11th century, and it’s customary to wear a shamrock leaf, green clothing or green accessories on the famous festival day. But, I want to look at how can you celebrate with flowers! Here are 10 unique GREEN blooms! Gladioli ‘Green…

Beating the stigma around gender and gardening

Over the years we have seen a positive shift in the tolerance and perception of gender and sexuality. Now, in 2018 and especially in the UK, either gender are able to express their passions and carry out their hobbies without too much discrimination. This makes a stark contrast to the society we knew thirty, twenty…

How to prepare your lawn for spring

We  talk about plants and transition seasons a lot on Mr Plant Geek, but what about lawns? After all, taking steps to maintain your lawn correctly at the end of winter can mean an even more beautiful garden in spring. David Hedges-Gower, today’s guest blogger, is a lawn expert with over 35 years’ experience. He…

10 everyday Japanese plants

A trip to East Asia isn’t complete without wandering around stunning Japan. From spring’s picturesque cherry blossoms to tall bamboo forests, Japanese plants have a lot to offer in terms of beauty and spiritual significance. Today’s guest blogger, Sasha Ivanova, is a London gardener, blogger and martial artist. She is passionate about growing from seed…

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,…

The Toughest Grass Carex ‘EverColor’: Plant of the Month

Some plants can be so fragile and need a lot of specialist care, and can put off beginner gardeners. That’s certainly not the case with the Carex EverColor® Series. Plants are evergreen, ‘tough as old boots’ and require very little maintenance; just a comb through once a year! Could this be the ultimate football-proof plant?…

5 tips for creating a coastal garden

There are many benefits of living by the coast: the opportunity to take a long, relaxing walk and breath in the clean air; the chance to get fresh sea produce on your doorstep; and the scope for creativity that comes with a coastal garden. Today’s guest blogger, Geoff Stonebanks, is the owner of Driftwood Garden,…

How to Spot Edible Weeds

Could weeding be the bane of any gardener’s life? Maybe – but what if you could eat them? Yes, I know we’ve talked about edible flowers on Mr Plant Geek before, but edible weeds are also a thing! Charlotte Petts is an organic gardener and all round biophile based in East Sussex. She pops up…

How Plant Evolution Can Help You Become a Better Gardener

You might think that ‘resilience in gardening’ is about being a tough gardener. But, no, I’m talking about resilience from the perspective of the PLANT instead. By understanding how and why plant evolution takes place and how plants have evolved in their natural habitats, you can work to be a better gardener and have more…

The Weird and Wacky Plants Tour comes to London!

London plant geeks will soon have the unique opportunity to learn about the biggest, smallest, unluckiest, oldest, hungriest, rudest, shiniest, laziest plants… Come along and join me at Chelsea Physic Garden on Friday 6th July and find out just how amazing plants can be! Join my celebration of Weird and Wacky Plants! Share my enthusiasm and…

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…

5 tips for awesome roses

Revered around the globe, the rose is undoubtedly the world’s most beloved flower. They have been depicted in history, art and architecture and most importantly grown in our own gardens. Growing roses can seem daunting, but there are simple tips you can follow to help get you started. Chris VanCleave’s rose growing journey began as a…