My favourite plants by Cody Worden

“My love for plants started at a very early age in my grandfather’s garden. It was such a joy to plant different vegetables and watch them grow as I spent hour upon hour bonding with my late grandfather. As the years progressed, I found myself working in a plant nursery where I was exposed to…

From gin to candles: 5 different advent calendars to try this year!

Advent calendars aren’t just for kids anymore! There are plenty of… ahem.. adult versions now. No, I don’t mean that. I mean gin and wine. Have a little look at my 5 picks for 2017, and not a stale chocolate in sight… Yankee Candle Advent Calendar You’ll have a super fragrant December with this exciting…

Instagram Plant Spy: are dried flowers making their comeback?

Dried flowers were popular in the 80’s! I have so many memories of wicker baskets full of their faded blooms. Let’s be honest, they became a bit passé though, and any that are still present will no doubt be covered in dust. But, thanks to the horti-revival, there are many new hands creating wonderful dried flower…

Why botanical illustration is a science all of its own

Why do plants fascinate so many of us? What is it that drives us to this persistent desire for the natural world. Obsessed with plants of all kinds, whether that be the exquisite elegance of an exotic species, a simple succulent, or a humble lichen creeping across a rock. They never disappoint, and always deliver…

The Haphazard Gardener Does Houseplants

Contrary to how it seems, houseplants were not discovered by millenials! In fact, wind back 30 years and you’ll find that shelves were heaving with Spathiphyllum, Spider Plants and more. Katharine Crouch refers to herself as the ‘Haphazard Gardener’, but this does her an injustice. In 1999, she won BBC Gardener of the Year! Way…