Make your mark with colours in the garden

Colour is so important. We spend hours deliberating over the colour of our new car purchase. We enjoy the experience of being served- and devouring- colourful foods. We fill our gardens and window boxes with brightly coloured flowers and glossy foliage. We also spend a lot of time deciding on which colours to paint the…

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…

5 things I do to make flying easier

Flying has become such a large part of my life these days that I now get on a plane in the same way as I board a bus…! I’ve slowly learnt tips and tricks to ensure my flight experience is as smooth as possible too, and I want to share some of those with you!…

Introducing people-proof plants (Part One)

Hmm, a few of my Facebook fans got me thinking the other day. There are lots of listings and advice for slug-proof plants, rabbit-proof plants, and so on. But, how about PEOPLE-proof plants. Plants that don’t fail, even when you and your garden do.. I have used my experience and knowledge to choose 10 plants that I…

Why Begonias are back in fashion

You might look at Begonias and think they’re a bit of a ‘granny’ plant! Well, I urge you to stop and think again. They’ve been remixed and are pumped full of new juice, so now there’s something for everyone. Those shady corners need not feature any more sun-starved and unhappy Petunias, Begonias are back with a bang!…