The Diary of a Plant Addict

If my blog did not already have a title, ‘The Diary of a Plant Addict’ would be a strong candidate. I’ve had the most horticulturally indulgent week one could imagine, starting with the Chelsea Flower Show and ending with a three day stretch getting my own garden in shape for summer. In the middle came […]

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Advent Thought For The Day: 20

December 20th: A Grim Getaway I am on the 06.52am train from Broadstairs to London’s St Pancras Station, en route to Lincolnshire for a business meeting. Despite there being five days remaining until Christmas Day, the train is already discernibly quieter than on a normal Thursday. The schools have started to break up, and for […]

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RHS London Orchid Show & Plant Fair 2018

Orchids are extraordinary flowers. They display remarkable diversity in colour, size and form. Some are scented, some are designed to entrap insects and few, like vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), produce edible seed pods. Among the 28,000 currently known and accepted orchid species, many are cultivated and inevitably there are still new species to be found in […]

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Taking A Liberty With Houseplants

  Retailers like to be on trend, so it was never going to be long before plants took the place of the taxidermy, glass cloches and squirrel-cage light bulbs that were once the visual merchandising props of choice. Department stores also love a pop-up, hosting boutique brands, emerging designers and foreign finds in small niches […]

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Refreshingly Green – West Elm, London

Green walls are cropping everywhere in London at the moment; indoors, outdoors, in restaurant, bars, hotels and shops, it seems no establishment is complete without one. One of the city’s most visually pleasing can be found inside our only branch of American retailer West Elm. Yes, it is glossy, contrived and almost too perfect, but it certainly packs […]

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