Your December Plant Geek magazine is here!

WELCOME to the first new look Plant Geek magazine, featuring new colours in Poinsettia, winter flowers for bees, plastic-free gardening, our Plant of the Month, and lots more!   The centre button can make the magazine full screen and larger for you to read. Use the arrows to turn the pages forwards or backwards. On…

Beard vs Brawn: The Big Challenge

You’ve see me back on your QVC screens recently, and may have also spotted Tommy, the guy with the power tools. We could not be more different, The Plant Geek and The Tool Nerd. After chatting with Tommy off air, it soon became clear that I’ve got something that he wants, and he’s got (two…

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…

10 reasons why you should grow an insect eating plant!

Insect-eating plants have always been a fascination of mine, and they are often the first plant that children want to grow. However, the Venus Fly Trap is usually the chosen one. But, have you ever seen a Pitcher Plant?? Yes, it’s a real plant, not just an extra from the Little Shop of Horrors! I’m…

The story behind the flower that amazed the world!

There are a very few plants as jaw-dropping as these blue Hibiscus! You’ll probably be used to seeing the usual pinks and reds, but these flowers are a very unexpected colour! This blue metallic sheen has come about thanks to one of the biggest breeding breakthroughs in the plant world! The man behind this amazing…

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…

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…

Here’s how you can take your first ‘forest bath’!

Practicing mindfulness techniques in a natural environment can be made easy using simple and easy methods. Simply listening, taking the time to really examine a tree and get to know it and creating artistic patterns using natural materials can be simple and easy for anyone and everyone to do. This is all part of the…

How to 3D carve your own pumpkin!

A trip to the pumpkin patch has become an annual event, being scribbled onto the calendar alongside the December Christmas Tree hunt, and June strawberry picking trip! But once you’ve got your pumpkin, what will you carve? Why not try something a little more ambitious this year? Expert 3D pumpkin carver, Simon McMinnis, has put…

Snowdrops that flower in the autumn: you won’t believe your eyes!

Most gardeners associate Snowdrops with February, however, the season for most Galanthophiles (those who avidly collect Snowdrops) actually starts in September! Tweeting Galanthophiles Cornovium Snowdrops write here for the Mr Plant Geek website, and tells us more about the snowdrops that confuse garden visitors with their seemingly untimely entrance..  “Galanthus reginae-olgae, a native of the…

5 things to do with a 22 pound, record-breaking carrot!

Have you heard about the 22 pound carrot unearthed by Minnesota gardener, Chris Qualley? The orange tangled mess has actually landed him into the Guinness World Records! Chris Qualley had grown the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at an eye-watering 22.4 pounds (10.1kg)! The previous record holder is Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, in the UK,…