The Haphazard Gardener Does Houseplants

Contrary to how it seems, houseplants were not discovered by millenials! In fact, wind back 30 years and you’ll find that shelves were heaving with Spathiphyllum, Spider Plants and more. Katharine Crouch refers to herself as the ‘Haphazard Gardener’, but this does her an injustice. In 1999, she won BBC Gardener of the Year! Way…

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…

Here’s proof of the power of plants and enthusiasm

With Bressingham Gardens, you can really witness the power of plants and enthusiasm, and how they can transform a blank space. The Bloom family’s iconic garden creation in Norfolk still enchants and influences visitors 50 years on. The gardens at Bressingham Hall have been described by Piet Oudolf (the designer of the High Line in…

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…

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 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…

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…

Could these be the most hated plants in Britain?

Guest Blogger, James Robbins, would like to say that he loves all plants. Of course, we often have our favourites, but most gardeners will also encounter their nemesis in the garden. Even those with the greenest of fingers can be tormented by those horticultural thugs.. Here, James looks at a few plants that can plague your…

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…

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…