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…

Plant of the week: Daffodil ‘Replete Improved’

Everyone knows the unashamed brightness of the yellow daffodil, but there are also thousands of colourful hybrids out there vying for your attention too! Some are orange, some are peach. Sadly, none of them are in mythical red, but there are some that are PINK! Anyone that knows these ‘pink daffodils’ in real life will now be exclaiming ‘but,…

Behind the scenes at HSN

‘It isn’t all glamour.’ That’s what I spend a lot of my time telling people when they say they admire my job.. I feel like it’s a justification, perhaps even a guilty reaction for having a career that I love. Well, truth is it isn’t ALWAYS glamourous. Sometimes (*often) you’re up at 3am to fly, present…

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…

Do you dare to wear?

Who would have thought the safe and cosy life of the plant world could be so downright RUDE?  However, the slogans of these shiny new t-shirts are actually the REAL botanical names for plants! The Carry On-esque selection includes eye openers such as ‘Rubus cockburnianus’, ‘Lilium superbum’ and ‘Clitoria ternatea’! All t-shirts come in a choice of 17 bang-on trend…