What exactly do gardeners do in winter?

Winter gardening: think all activity is halted? Think again! Winter gardening isn’t just obsession – it allows us to sit pretty come spring. Arguing this point is Jack Wallington, an RHS qualified garden designer based in Clapham. His self-confessed ‘bordering on obsession’ love of garden design resulted in his South London garden being featured on the…

How autumn became my favourite season of all!

My favourite choice of season used to somewhat predictable… as I’d wistfully recount sunny days, lazing on the beach, enjoying the warm temperatures. But, actually, autumn has slowly crept into my affections, and my skin rather enjoys the crisp, cool ambient temperatures, offset by warm sunbeams. There’s something about that really fresh air that clears the mind…

Exploring the emerging Plumeria trend in Japan

Some of you may have seen my recent trip around Japan for 3 weeks, where I indulged in and learnt so many new plants. One must-see on my visit list was the Insta-famous @plumeriaclub, an account I’d been following for many months. Owner Shirakawa-san had initially piqued by interest with his BLUE Plumeria (Frangipani) So,…

Are you the UK’s best amateur gardener?

Summer’s over, but there’s no need to feel blue. Not when there’s a chance to win up to £350 in vouchers to spend on your garden! So, now is the time to show us what you’ve been up to in the garden this summer! Wilko, the UK’s home and garden retailer, is looking for green…

Why should you listen to a podcast whilst you’re in the garden?

Social media can be noisy, with lots of chatter, and perhaps sometimes more talk than action.. That’s why it’s so important to get our hands INTO THE SOIL. This should be our time away from it all. It’s a time to switch off from the outside world and enjoy the peaceful, great outdoors during those…

5 eye-catching bulb combinations by Master-Mixer Harriet Rycroft

Now is the time for planting spring-flowering bulbs into the ground and your patio containers! It can be some much fun, as you can really play with colour and shapes. So, who better to ask about the best combinations than Harriet Rycroft. Harriet is a ‘Master-Mixer’, who has 14 years experience planting up memorable mixes at…

9 fascinating plants from the American state of Utah

I am fresh back from vacation, and eager to look up all the fantastic plants I discovered out in the wild west of Utah! Many of the plants spotted are outside of this plant geek’s knowledge pool, so I needed the help of a fellow plant geek! Step forward the ‘botanical jesus’, Jason Baker, who…

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…

Should you be faking it in the garden?

The UK seems to have a love-hate relationship with fake flowers, and following today’s ITV This Morning feature about ‘faking it in the garden’, I felt we should explore why people fake it, and how they do it! ‘Would you rather see a garden full of weeds growing through a mattress, propped up against a…

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…