‘Life at no. 27’ tells us why she began ‘growing her own’

Mr Plant Geek recently asked me ‘What is it that gets you going?’ Don’t worry, I thought the same thing, then quickly realised he meant about gardening… my smut-free answer was: “It has to be the magic of growing my own produce from a tiny inconspicuous seed, it gets me ridiculously excited every time I…

5 brilliant and unusual Instagram accounts for plant lovers!

I lurrrrve Instagram, not just for the cats sleeping on shelves, but also for the wonderful world of plants! There are some incredibly innovative and creative accounts on Instagram, and I wanted to share my favourite 5 with you all. Enjoy! ONE. Paper houseplants by @corriebethmakes These paper creations are just amazing, and I love their…

Fragrance so good you can bottle it: a guide to Tesselaar plants

The wonderful world of flowers! I love watching how people instinctively sniff a bouquet of flowers, as if they’re always expecting perfume. Well, if you choose the right specimens for your garden, you can always have the very best perfume, and it’s supplied in a bottomless atomiser! Call it an all-you-can-sniff deal if you like!…

Finalist in Broadcast of the Year for orchid feature

Garden Media Guild Broadcast of the Year finalist place for ITV This Morning orchid feature Late last year, I was super excited to be named as a finalist in the Broadcast of the Year category at the prestigious Garden Media Guild awards! The TV segment entered was my ‘orchid hacks’ segment on the daily morning…

Mr Plant Geek answers your questions!

For the first time ever, I threw down the gauntlet and you could ask me anything you wanted- it could be about plants or PANTS! Let’s see what happened..

The secret garden in the heart of London

You could be forgiven for not knowing about Chelsea Physic Garden. In fact, the first few times I visited, I would get lost and could be found aimlessly trying to shake the gates of the private communal gardens of Chelsea. My smiley friend Wendy has recently joined the team at the garden as a marketing guru,…

Is Iris-mania about to sweep the nation? Here are 5 of the best!

If anyone ever asks me my favourite flower (which is my least favourite question..), I usually mumble Iris. But, I think it actually IS my favourite. I have fond memories of painting an Iris on a stone for my Nana when I was at school. I also used to marvel over her Bearded Iris patch,…

5 unusual edible flowers for you to try

With the current hysteria over crop shortages in the lettuce world, many people have been considering growing- and eating- other types of green stuff. But, have you considered trying some yellows, reds, blues and purples.. I’d like to welcome you to the hidden world of edible flowers! Here are my 5 favourites (you can click on…

5 very different Fuchsias you need to try in your garden

If you’re struggling to find a summer-flowering plant for a shady corner, then let me remind you about the dangling beauty of Fuchsias! Everyone knows someone that has grown a Fuchsia, such is their popularity up and down the UK. However they’re usually just pink and bushy. But, perhaps you’ll allow me to blow your flowery…

5 of the most fascinating Petunias for your garden!

Two years ago, just one plant changed the way the world looks at Petunias. That plant managed to draw the attention of regular plant buyers as well as the occasional ‘let’s have a basket outside this summer’ buyers. That Petunia is first up in my top five! And, I dare you not to grow some.. (Click on…

Fuchsia ‘Icing Sugar’

So good it deserved an article all of it’s own! I would like to introduce Fuchsia ‘Icing Sugar’, the cover boy of the latest Thompson & Morgan catalogues, and one of my new plant findings. Please allow me 5 bullet points to convince you to buy this beauty! The frosted edge of each petal is…

18 things about India 

With Indians, the very smallest things cause chaos and head waggling. After puzzling for five minutes, I still had no idea how to use the showering device provided in the toilet. Indians like taping things up. Breakfast is cold curry. India is the only place that you might hear a pneumatic drill at night. Cauliflower…