It’s rare to be blue when you’re in the natural world.
Bought a Mexican flower? Be sure to get a Manuel.
Bought a Mexican flower? Be sure to get a Manuel.
Our plant of the week, fritillaria meleagris (also known as snake’s head fritillary, guinea flower or chequer lily) is a striking wild flower native to Britain. But who would have thought that this small, purple Spring flower would have so much in common with a 160kg giant panda? Here are three reasons why:
Some are born liking order; some achieve order; some have order thrust upon them.
In which men coming out of age are tenuously linked to plants…
“Horny goat weed” is an ideal plant everyone, regardless of whether you have problems in the bedroom.
There are ways of telling people about Christianity. Attacking them in a shopping centre isn’t one of them.
Like a burlesque dancer, Garrya Elliptica is best placed in a position where it can show off its tassels.
A pineapple will make most situations better… except perhaps a suburban garden, where pineapple sage may be more appropriate.
Purple toothwort (lathraea clandestine) is becoming increasingly popular as a garden plant in the UK. But don’t expect it to be universally popular, for it is a parasite.
Everyone has a friend like the anemone coronaria... slightly better than you at everything, no matter how hard you try.
„Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it you have to start young“ - Theodore Roosevelt
“You to whom nature has given spirit, sweetness and beauty; you who alone can move and rule my heart…” Napoleon Bonaparte, 1797
What do brunettes miss most about a great party? The Invitation.
Want to put down roots and make friends? Take some tips from the Chimonanthus praecox
More than you might think… It was Darwin who originally postulated the idea of natural selection – that is, the gradual process by which biological traits become more or less common in a species. It’s how micro-organisms adapt to stay alive despite antibiotics, and it’s how the Darwin Award winners die…
What’s the difference between a thicket and a ticket? How far you have to walk home.
For Valentine's Day the dahlia "happy single"
Sometimes, you have to see something big in order to realise just how small the world really is.
*Wingman [wɪŋmən] n. – a friend who goes out with you and helps you to attract potential partners
Forget a fast car… what you want a man to own is an allotment. According to a new study gardening makes us sexy.
Being a teenager is tough. Here’s one way to make it a little bit easier. Our plant of the week witch hazel comes into play.
Luke was right: "there's still good in him"
Overheard: a fake conversation in our fake flower shop...
There’s not liking your vegetables. And then there’s sending them to space.
It’s a pretty unassuming plant, but the Ficus elastica is as dirty as the plant world gets. We’re not talking mud and soil dirty... ficus is the rubber tree, a source of rubber and latex – in short, fetishists wouldn’t know where they’d be without it.
People who think gardening is uncool are fools. One only has to witness anyone who is anyone networking over a cream tea in a beautiful garden to realise that if you want to be seen in the right places, you’ll find that the right places are often gardens.
Fabian aralia is suitable both indoors and outdoors – it looks great in a rock garden but also makes a magnificent pot plant and would make a stunning housewarming gift. (Presumably the feng shui experts would tell you to choose a smaller specimen to make sure it fits in a house).
The Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a succulent native to Madagascar that thrives in direct sunlight and loamy or sandy soil – a great option for low-maintenance gardens, rock gardens or even container gardens.
Experiments have shown that plants flourish when played music (well certain types, anyway. According to this experiment, if you want your astroemerias to be resistant to disease and to flower well, you should play Black Sabbath music). So the dedicated gardener will play or sing music to their plants – and we’ve come up with some of the best (and worst) garden-related song choices.
Our plant of the week is the Echeveria. Maybe not the prettiest but definitely one of the coolest. Her name is dedicated to a Mexican plant illustrator from the 18th century.
From march 2010 until february 2011 the artist formed one new text on the wall of Kiasma museum every week.
What about visiting a gardening or nature exhibition during those fading winter days? We've selected a few exhibitions you might like. We do.
After the Christmas holiday period, the Christmas cactus should be given about 30 days’ rest (in a cool room with limited water). If only we could all get the same break…
With GYO (grow-your-own) becoming a trendy new acronym, those of us in Generation X increasingly find ourselves arguing with our parents about whether it’s really worth it.
Yarnbombing has really taken off in recent years. You've probably seen examples of it in your local area.
Alstroemeria is a gorgeous flowering plant that's also known as Peruvian lily and lily of the Incas as although it isn't a lily, it does have a similar look.
So Adidas has been embracing their green side and created these fantastic garden billboards...
Freesias originate from South Africa. And this week they're our "Flowers of the Week"!
If you've got a troublesome boggy part of your garden, you simply must consider the astilbe.
Irises are a stunning looking plants, and despite their exotic looks they're actually very easy to grow.
'Aster' comes from an Ancient Greek word meaning star. That gives you a clue as to the shape of the flower heads.
You've got to love the humble pot marigold. They're so easy to grow that some gardeners may ignore them, but they really are gorgeous with their large yellow or orange flower heads, packed full of petals; they can't help but make you smile.
The word gladiolus comes from the Latin word gladius meaning sword, due to it's tall sword like spike of flowers.
The world needs a little more nonsense in it, and that is just what German artist Peter Pink is adding with his fun urban installations.
The gardenia is named after the very aptly named Scottish naturalist Dr Alexander Garden. There are 142 species of gardenia.
The hydrangea is originally from Asia but it's a pretty common garden plant in many parts of the world these days.
Pink turtleheads are lovely wildflowers that are very easy to grow in the garden and with their tall spikes of bright pink flowers they have a big impact.
Despite their delicate looks the hardy geraniums are pretty robust and easy to grow.
The word clematis literally means a climbing plant. There are more than 300 species of clematis and they make a really lovely addition to the garden.
A couple of days ago I went upstairs to find my partner randomly chopping leaves off our potted lemon tree with a pair of kitchen scissors!
Too many courgettes? Our friend Kate on what to do when there are more courgettes than kids in the kitchen.
To quote Shakespeare: 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. We could fill pages about the rose, perhaps the most famous flower in the world, a universal symbol of love and highly revered by gardeners.
At the time of writing the sky is distinctly grey, BUT we have had some warm weekends and the forecast is good for the rest of the month. So no excuse not to be out there...
Did you know that the name orchid comes from a Greek word meaning testicle, referring to the shape of the root delightful!
There are several species of white daisy, the smallest just two or three inches in height, and larger species growing up to four feet high.
With their gorgeous fragrance and large flowers packed full of petals, the peony is a popular plant in the garden.
The calla lily is also known as varkoor which is an Afrikaans word meaning 'pig's ear', a rather unfortunate name for this stunning looking flower.
Named after the botanical author Anders Dahl, dahlias are a popular garden plant for several reasons.
If you're looking for a climbing plant that's a little different then you should definitely check out the passion flower with it's striking and unusual flowers.
The humble violet is often overlooked due to its small size, but it's a very pretty plant, worthy of some attention.
Learning should be fun, so we're impressed with this cartoon that educates as it entertains. If only all that information we had to learn for school could have been presented in such a delightful way, we'd probably all be far wiser now ;)
May means growing season, and that means ACTION! Our friend Kate came up with some top jobs for your garden!
The 2013 Chelsea Flower Show is set to be held from May 21st to the 25th and once again is looking like it's going to be an amazing event.
Sometimes it's better to go green than to go out. These boots are definitely not made for walking - Nancy Sinatra would hate them...
Gardeners have a complicated relationship with dirt. So we dedicate this image to all the dirt-diggers out there.
If you've got a neglected or abandoned planter in your neighbourhood, why not pop out and plant a few pansies in it!
Extraordinary tiny scenes taken in ordinary urban environments. This is the world of Slinkachu.
Happy Easter from all of us. Make sure your shrubs grow thick.
Wearable bike planters, 3D-printed
When plants reclaim the streets
A card "He is a Prick"
Raven Dracula Orchid
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
Gardening comes with many side-effects
by Dolly Parton
Play drum beats by touching actual beets.
... often have small beginnings!
by Sono Mocci
by Neil Barringham
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