HFS – Floral Art Exhibition

In my review blog of The Harrogate Spring Flower show I promised you a post on the ‘Floral Art’ exhibition from the floral marquee and here it is! However before we get started let me just make a couple of things clear. All the opinions are my own and I do NOT proclaim to be an expert in…

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 – Review

When my alarm went off this morning for the first time in yonks I didn’t hit the snooze button. Why, because I was attending my first ever flower show and man was I excited. Despite doing a Q&A piece with Harrogate Flower Show prior to attending, I was still not exactly sure what I was…

Harrogate Flower Show Q&A

Spring has most definitely sprung and this year I am trading in my usual ‘Music Festivals’ for Gardening Shows…… And first on the agenda is The Harrogate Flower show, which I will be attending on it’s opening day this Thursday and I am super duper excited. I have never attended a gardening event before and…

Introducing My New Lottie!

Everything you heard is true, I have only gone and bagged myself another allotment and not another half plot either a FULL plot in full sun, YIPEEEEEE! Are you ready to meet her? OK then, here she is……… Meet No.9 Dream…… isn’t she beautiful? I had my name down for just over a year and…

GUEST BLOG: Disliked Vegetables

I am very excited to share with you a wonderful guest post from one of the best allotment bloggers out there right now! Here Richard Chivers the author behind Sharpen Your Spades shares how to get your children interested in vegetables. How to grow a child’s appetite for vegetables There’s a battle that rages across the…

What’s Growing On – March 2017

March for me is the true beginning of the growing year. Everywhere you look everything is beginning to come to life, the daffodils start dancing, tulips begin to emerge from the earth, ponds are alive with horny frogs basking in the new warm sun and the trees steal the show with their blossom. The Spring Equinox is…

Review – Emma The Florist’s Online Flower School

  When I heard that my favourite florist in the whole wide world was launching an ‘Online Flower School’ I just had to be enrolled. Emma’s floristry work is probably the main reason that I began growing cut flowers in the first place. She is unbelievably talented when it comes to creating magnificent floral displays and mainly…

SPOTLIGHT ON: Forsythia

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood Variety’ has to be one of my favourite spring flowers. I mean just look at it, nothing else required in this vase at all, it speaks for itself. Forsythia makes an excellent cut flower but it does have a short vase life unfortunately. As a shrub it’s also spectacular, flowering from February…

The REAL me and why I choose to grow!

I always worry about talking about ‘the REAL life’ stuff on my blog incase people just don’t want to hear it, but here goes. For the longest time I have suffered from depression. It started in my late teens leading to full blown panic attacks on a daily basis from the age of 17. My…

Rebel Yell…. When to REALLY sow your seeds!

Everyone is an expert it seems on the subject of when to sow this and when to sow that. I’m really not surprised at all that beginners to growing get so confused by this subject, it’s enough to confuse me and I’ve been growing some years now! Well just because I’m a bit of a…

What’s Growing On – Feb 2017

My green fingers have been itching to get sowing for weeks now and patience certainly isn’t my virtue. But I have just about managed to restrain myself from going grow mad! There is only so many times you can organise and admire your new seed packets before you cave. My first sowings were of Sweetpeas and…

Don’t settle, eat the best!

I bought a sandwich and as I sat down to eat it, the first thing I did was remove the tomatoes. My husband looked at me baffled and said “I thought you liked tomatoes love?” The thing is I do love tomatoes, I love to grow them and I love to eat them. However I…