July, in the Northern Hemisphere, is associated with the peak of summer, so Delphinium seems the perfect choice to emulate a deep blue sky and endless ocean.
There's nothing quite like brushing your bare shin against a Nettle and knowing, within minutes, you will be covered in itchy, red bumps that tingle and ache for the rest of the day. But perhaps they're more than just a source of itchy bumps.
Having a sensory herb garden is both grounding and comforting. This little garden has meant having my own little patch of cultivated space, even when I lived in rented accommodation.
Bioluminescent plants, giant Hometrees and plant communication might seem like science fiction, but you might not have to travel from one star system to another to experience the joys of Pandora.
Recently on the blog, we looked at English bluebells, so this week it seemed only fitting to move on to American bluebells. With an incredibly long history in a variety of cultures, Columbine is a treasured flower in the wild and in gardens. Its shape teaches an important lesson about evolution, and its symbolism has conflicting naughty and nice origins.
In 2017, I was invited back to my secondary school as a guest speaker for an annual diversity and inclusivity event. This speech was a milestone in my career as a plant scientist and I am excited to share it with you.
Meet Melanie Baughman, a master's student from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, studying the floral formation of bananas and educating people on the beauty they can find around them.
English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) are enchanting flowers, they grow in ancient woodlands all over the UK and are often associated with magic and fairies. This flower is very close to my heart and an iconic symbol of the English countryside that's steeped in folklore and ancient mythology.
Arabidopsis cleaning up bomb sites? Carrots mining for gold? Black Sabbath encouraging bigger blooms in lilies? This might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but in this blog post, I'm going to be talking you through all three.
What started out as a morning scroll on Twitter, turned into a productive little experiment. Researching Camellia japonica, I realised I could not only make tea from my plant, but I could do it in less than a day and with minimal effort - ideal!