The origins of Father Christmas and snowmen

Father Christmas and snowmen are icons of the festive period. We know that Father Christmas delivers presents to well-behaved children, and we know that snowmen are made out of snow. But where did they come from? Where does Father Christmas come from? Father Christmas can be traced back to Saint Nicholas. A bishop from Myra,…

The ultimate Christmas gardening gift guide 2019

When a Christmas giftee has a gardening hobby, you might think they’re easy to buy for – however, I can speak from experience when I say that they’ve probably been gifted more gardening gloves, tubes of hand cream and trowels than they can find a place for! Treat them to something really different this Christmas…

Tips and tricks for your Christmas plants (and Christmas Tree!)

There’s enough stress over Christmas without having to worry about your plants, too. However, just like needy house guests, they will need your attention too! However, this year, let me lend you a helping hand with my ‘Christmas Plant Tips and Tricks’. Grow the freshest Christmas Tree, keep your Poinsettia gleaming, and train your Amaryllis…

Could a white Poinsettia be the must-have plant this Christmas?

There has been a definite shift within the last few years, and houseplants are totally on trend right now, something my 10 year old self would be so pleased to see! However, where does that leave ‘gifting plants’, which are usually flowering indoor plants, and sometimes presented in a wicker basket with a bow… Furthermore,…

10 Gardeners Gifts for Christmas 2018

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for gardeners, you’re in the right place. I would say that gardeners are one of the easiest groups of people to buy for at Christmas. There’s so much to choose from: accessories, plants, fashion – the list goes on! So whether you’ve got a family member, friend or work…

Behind the scenes at the Naked Gardening Calendar shoot

I’m sure you remember the Calendar Girls.. then, we saw firemen, marines, even rowers.. but somehow gardeners hadn’t de-clothed for charity yet. So, I’d been hatching a little plan for a few years, eyeing up a range of horticulturists who might be up for it… and more importantly, trying to find the right charity to…

I’m speaking Italian (or am I?)

Where’s my limo? Where’s my dressing room? Where’s my salami panini with all the fat removed? The demands of a low-key, QVC guest presenter on a foreign channel can be vast and varied, but seldom fulfilled! I’m now on my way back from a weekend of presenting some unique living gift products on the Italian…