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…

Plants in Focus: The garland Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

The Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now in it’s 9th year, and the contest has seen some amazing introductions- from tropical hardy Foxgloves to patio Mulberry trees. However, 2018 was the year of the Hydrangea, as ‘Runaway Bride’ clinched the title of Plant of the Year. This new breakthrough…

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…

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…

3 plants that look after themselves!

It’s super important to know you’re growing a plant that will perform. However, you can be utterly sure of that with Tesselaar Plants! I have never known a company run such extensive trials- worldwide- and put so much into their decision to sell a plant to you. This means the plants they release are suitable for…

You can’t grow Olives in the UK, can you?

Sometimes olives seem so exotic that you couldn’t possibly imagine growing them in the English climate. Antonia Smith from the award winning Norfolk Olive Tree Company is here to debunk all myths, with an easy guide to growing, and using, olives at home. “Choose your variety carefully- there is a mind-boggling 800+ varieties to choose…

Using the right plants to make gardening easier for yourself

Do you want to know the secret of good gardening? Choose the plants that work for YOU! Too many of us try to force our plants to grow in places that they just don’t enjoy. A fern will never grow in a cactus garden! Nowadays, there’s always a buzz about ‘hacks’ and everyone is trying…

5 of the hottest houseplants right now! Plus, win an indoor plants box!

Houseplants are bang on trend right now! Check out the hashtags #urbanjunglebloggers or #jungalow on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean! Unlike wallpapers and furnishings, you can move them around easier and more often too, transforming your living interior at your every whim! Once treated with indifference in the home, houseplants are now cherished…

Find out how the world of new plants works!

The FlowerTrials is an event you’ll have no doubt heard of, if you work anywhere along the plant sales chain. However, if you’re a home gardener, then you may not know what it is! The FlowerTrials is basically a 4 day event, spread across locations in The Netherlands and West Germany, with 59 plant companies…

June flower hunting journey: the best bits

Every year, 59 plant companies open their greenhouse doors to a thirsty throng of plant buyers, retailers, product developers and growers. The ‘Flower Trials’ stretch from the The Netherlands to Germany, and offer the platform to showcase new plants, new marketing concepts and ideas, and to entertain guests and offer a meeting space for plants…

Check out the new kids on the block by Tesselaar Plants

With so many plant breeders, hunters and enthusiasts in action around the world, it’s no wonder there are so many new plants introduced each year. Tesselaar Plants trial each of their potential new plants rigorously, and in many locations around the world, so any new plant from them can quickly become a worldwide sensation! Here are 3 of…