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…

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…

Find out how the world of new plants works!

The FlowerTrials is an event you’ll have no doubt heard of, if you work anywhere along the plant sales chain. However, if you’re a home gardener, then you may not know what it is! The FlowerTrials is basically a 4 day event, spread across locations in The Netherlands and West Germany, with 59 plant companies…

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…

Hygge your garden in 7 easy steps by Clean Living Clare

New guest blogger Clean.Living.Clare is here to help us get that cosy feeling using plants, nature and the outdoors: Did you know that Denmark is the second happiest nation in the world? So what makes the Danes so happy? Well they put it down to ‘hygge’. With a name like that, you could be mistaken for…

Announcing the launch of Meadow Valley on HSN

I’m super excited to reveal my new project with USA television channel, HSN. During March and April, I will be presenting a range of specially curated plants as part of the new Meadow Valley gardening brand.               The innovative product range majors on plants that are new, different and…

Plant of the Week: Phlox ‘Popstars’

Can something so delicate be easy to grow…? When it comes to ‘Popstars’, the answer is YES! This Phlox is small and perfectly formed, with sparkly blossoms all summer! You may know Phlox as a tall border plant which often succumbs to dusty mildew.. However, that’s the perennial form, Phlox paniculata. ‘Popstars’ is actually an annual, and…

Announcing representation of Fleurizon and their exotic plant lines

I have always loved the range of unique plants that Californian Fleurizon offer to the wholesale trade, so it makes me very pleased to announce my working relationship with Frank de Greef, President of the company, as first published in Floral Daily news. The stimulating range comprises 1000’s of plant lines from succulents to exotic bulbs, unique…