What is indirect light for houseplants?

Welcome to my WTF Gardening series, where I take common gardening terms and explain them for those who are new to the world of plants. Today’s post is all about positioning houseplants in indirect light. If you’ve ever seen plant care advice on a label, you’ve probably seen a very simple note about plant light,…

25 inspiring urban gardening ideas

Small garden? You’re not alone. With the population growing and available space shrinking, many of us see a small garden as the new standard. In fact around two million British homes don’t have a garden at all, which makes a love of plants and gardening even tougher! However, whether you’ve got a petite patio area,…

September 2019 QVC Highlights

Summer 2019 is finally coming to an end as autumn creeps in through the transition month of September. As the days get shorter, we look at different ways to light up our gardens and enjoy those mild autumn evenings. There’s also wildlife to think about, with many animals gearing up for winter by stashing food….

What is Barakura style gardening?

Forget everything you know about planting. This is “Barakura style”! In shorthand, this is horticultural freedom, this is flower arranging but with REAL plants! The Barakura style gives immediate enjoyment, and is designed as a container installation! You’ll be mixing the plants of your wildest dreams, in a density that gives impact from day one….

Plant of the month: Agastache ‘Crazy Fortune’

Being a good gardener is often about being observant. Spotting the first signs of pest attack to following initiative when it comes to potting on young seedlings, your eyes often your best gardening tool! That’s also often the case when it comes to breeding brand new plants.. sometimes a new creation is not intended, but…

Can potatoes grow on the Moon?

What do you picture when you think about the Moon? A big chunk of rock, orbiting Earth, devoid of oxygen and therefore life? Well, that’s not exactly accurate, because life could flourish on that chunk of rock – and I don’t mean little green people running around with big, black eyes and bald, artichoke-shaped heads……

Plant of the month: More than meets the eye with Veronica

Sometimes, it’s not only the appearance of a look that people want to improve. It’s also about how the plant might grow, and how efficient the production is. Space and speed are important elements when it comes to great factories of plants that feed our gardens. Like any other industry, it’s got to be efficient!…

August 2019 QVC highlights

Are you excited for summer to come to an end? Probably not. But there’s still lots to look forward to this month. Whether you’re making the most of the school holidays with your kids, or you’re inviting your friends over for BBQs that extend well into the long August evenings, this month is all about…

5 different ways to weed your garden

Is there only one way of weeding a garden? Of course not. However, can you think of five methods of weeding? It’s not a chore that’s widely enjoyed, but there’s no reason your can’t get creative with weeding. I’ve listed five ways to weed your garden below. Why not try these and see which works best for…

Countryside cocktails

We all know about that foraging for food can uncover some interesting finds, from elderflower to funghi. But what about foraging for cocktail ingredients? Producers are calling ‘countryside cocktails’ the new experience in the drink industry. Consumers are bored with the same old cocktails being placed under their seasoned noses – they want something new!…

Behind the scenes of a Chinese flower shop

Whilst I’ve been spending time in Shenzhen, China, I’ve been buying lots of house plants for our apartment. One of the spots that I’ve been coming back to time and time again is a small shop in the expat area called iFlower. I was very lucky to get the chance to interview Julie, who set…

The glamorous history of Tulips

What do you know about the history of Tulips? Perhaps you know that Tulip is the national flower of the Netherlands? Maybe the fact that there are THOUSANDS of registered varieties (including one that I named)? Well there’s even more to this amazing bulb, and a lot of the really interesting stuff happened centuries ago……