5 plants that tick all the wildlife boxes

There’s no denying the satisfaction you get when you see furry and winged friends visiting your garden to pollinate, eat and even just to frolic in your bird baths or wildlife hideaways. It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing that you’ve provided an environment where our wonderful wild animals feel safe. However, there’s also no denying that…

3 of the best stories you’ll read about birds

Birds are fascinating creatures, with many a story, painting and poem based around their ability to defy gravity. As a nation we’re a bit obsessed with birds, spending around £200-£300 million each year on bird feeding products. And it’s easy to see why; there are over 620 bird species in the UK, with 250 species…

Make a wiser choice with your bird food this winter

Winter is a difficult time for birds. Not only do the harsher weather conditions make general life harder for our winged friends, but also, food is scarce, which is why it’s important to leave out bird food during this time of year. But not just any bird food. It’s easy to pick up the cheapest…

4 ways to help winter birds thrive

Winter is a key time to provide for the birds in your garden, and the team at Bernini Fountains have just released a pretty nifty invention for your garden or balcony. It’s a 4 in 1 bird guest house, for drinking, feeding, bathing and nesting! It’s the Bernini Bird Bathe and Water Feature. Designed at…

How to attract 7 different types of wildlife into our gardens

Aside from the usual resolutions we see each year – quit smoking, lose weight, travel more – there is one thing that should be on more New Year’s resolution lists, and that’s loving and looking after our wildlife (tell me your resolutions in the comments below!). It may not seem like it at first glance,…

Keeping bees buzzing in winter

If you’re wondering ‘what happens to bees in winter?’, well, they don’t just go away. Although they’re not as prevalent in UK gardens as they are in summer, our black and yellow friends are still alive and well. They may be spending more time huddling in their hives than buzzing about your Buddleia, but it’s…

7 insects you’ve been loving in summer 2018

Last month, I asked you on Facebook and Twitter what your favourite summer insects have been this year – and you came back with some truly fabulous specimens. A couple of you even sent in photos of sleeping foxes and curious frogs! As a plant geek, it’s in my interest to promote the welfare of…

Jennifer Christie, Atlanta, Georgia: A heavenly habitat

Today’s Backyards of the World feature comes all the way from the US. Jennifer Christie’s garden is a haven for local wildlife, thanks to her dedication to creating a harmonious environment away from the hustle and bustle. Consisting of solid clay and resting on granite, Jennifer’s garden is 1.25 acres in size. 1. Please tell…

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…