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…

Summer Show-Off Agapanthus ‘Twister’: Plant of the Month

I perhaps shouldn’t be highlighting this month’s plant to you, because it will create a few headaches around the industry..  Agapanthus ‘Twister’ ‘AMBIC001’  is such a gardener’s favourite that plant producers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand. So when you see it, if you want it, you need to SNAP IT UP. The fancy blooms,…

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…

Instagram Plant Spy: there’s a new trend in shower plants

Each week, I will be looking at the new trends with plants and gardening on Instagram! There’s so much going on with plant creations and innovation over on that mighty app that we’re all bound to learn a few things! Right now, lots of people are taking their plants into the shower with them! Whilst…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…