Four salads and a muffin: some seasonal recipes by Stephanie Hafferty

Why not eat the rainbow and make the most of autumn harvests by transforming them into delicious vegetable-filled salads! Here are 4 brilliant recipes, plus a tasty muffin one using some unusual ingredients! Guest Blogger, Stephanie Hafferty is famed for creating the delicious lunches during Charles Dowding’s gardening courses with affordable, seasonal healthy food . She has…

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…

Why I always hate August in the garden- by Ellen Mary

By the time we swing into August, us gardeners are harvesting the fruits of our labour with an abundance of cut flowers, trugs of vegetables and tubs of freshly picked fruit. Then we sit back in the garden, feet up with a tipple and enjoy every moment…right? Not so! Ellen Mary can’t be the only…

Gardening in Florida; An Idiot’s Self Taught Journey

I can see it now…my own little tropical paradise. Birds of paradise, tropical hibiscus, bougainvillea, plumeria. A feeling of a relaxing Caribbean vacation when I step outside my front door. Growing up in the Michigan countryside, so many fantasies were conjured in my mind when I found out I was relocating to beautiful and sunny…

10 of the most exciting plants from this week’s National Plant Show

The National Plant Show has rapidly become the essential visit that should be in every plant growers diary, thanks to it’s laid back atmosphere, spacious layout and excellent portfolio of suppliers and plants. The Midlands location in the UK is also rather handy too! Here are the 10 most exciting plants from the day! The 2018…

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…

20 totally cool facts about cucumbers!

World Cucumber Day is being celebrated on June 14th, so I felt it was the perfect time to delve into the world of this intriguing green fruit. After all, what else is 2 foot long, 95% water and able to cure a squeaky hinge?! Cucumbers originate from south East Asia. Cucumbers can be up to…

A surprise gem in the heart of the Norfolk countryside

Guest blogger, Clean Living Clare has been to visit this fantastic garden, built by the colourful Alan Gray. The garden is divided into ‘rooms’, and is stuffed with tonnes of unusual and rare plants! East Ruston Vicarage Garden is nestled in Norfolk Countryside, just a couple of miles from the coast, so close that you can actually see the gorgeous…

Make your mark with colours in the garden

Colour is so important. We spend hours deliberating over the colour of our new car purchase. We enjoy the experience of being served- and devouring- colourful foods. We fill our gardens and window boxes with brightly coloured flowers and glossy foliage. We also spend a lot of time deciding on which colours to paint the…

5 black things for you to try in the garden

‘Do black flowers really exist?’ It’s one of those recurring arguments in the gardening world, as people rightly exclaim that black does NOT exist. However, we have deep, deep purples and maroons to keep us satisfied. Many of us become obsessed with black flowers, in fact author Karen Platt has been able to hunt down thousands during…

My collaboration with Bloombox club- the plant subscription service!

Hands up if you’re guilty of leaving pots and containers empty, or full of decaying plants, as the seasons change in your outdoor space… Well, now there’s a quarterly subscription box service which can keep your outdoor space looking colourful, but with the very minimum of gardening knowhow, and Mr Plant Geek fans can get 30%…

It’s Easter.. it’s time to get planting!

It’s Easter this weekend and I’ve managed to sniff out a great deal on a huge range of seeds and plants. Every item in the range at Thompson & Morgan is 20% OFF until Monday! I always remember the Easter holidays when I was a kid. I’d be so excited to have so much time off to…