A reason why the London Garden Bridge might be a good thing

The London Garden Bridge is fairly hotly debated. On the face of it, a tree lined…

Solenostemon scuttelarioides (aka Coleus)

Victorian’s freakin’ loved a lot of plants. They thought plants were cool. Because plants are cool.…

One amazing gardening year

Warning: look away now if you don’t want to read self-reflective pointless twaddle. Exactly a year…

National Dahlia Society Annual Show 2015 & RHS Dahlia Trials

I returned to the National Dahlia Society’s Annual Show today after being totally gobsmacked last year. Though…

Ferns at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

I’ve gone fern mad – I don’t even know how it happened. This weekend, on my…

Fuzzy buzz: heuchera think you are?

How cool is this little fella? Buzzin around. Couldn’t get enough of the Heucheras. Cheeky tube…

Designer Edibles 1: Peas (Pisum sativum ‘Meteor’)

I’m on a mission to grow as many different species and varieties of plants as possible…

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Mr Morse’

The plants are still small (they’ve seriously been through the wars after arriving near death!), so…

Germination!

Well, I have to hand it to the Garland Super7 Heated propagator. Everything I sow on…

Big Dreams, Small Spaces: Victorian inspiration

Driven by a renewed love of plants and a brain being filled with RHS knowledge, in…

Dividing a Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant)

I’ve had a Zamioculcas zamiifolia for some years now. In the last year, I found the…

Urban Legends: Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, inventor of the Wardian Case

Today I discovered we live only 3 minutes walk away from the last residence of one of…

Gardens: a science experiment we can all try

You know what, the Victorians got it right. Curiosity, discovery, understanding the unknown, adventure!

10 favourite plants of 2014

It’s the last day of 2014 and I’ve been really interested in plants this year (no…

National Dahlia Society Annual Show 2014 at RHS Wisley

It’s not often something knocks my socks off and genuinely makes me say “wow” out loud but then…

Painted a front door

  Not exactly perfect but it’ll do.

Becoming an art student again

In January 2013 my friend Marcos encouraged me to find a drawing class and just give…