This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Friday, June 30, 2006

The WishPlant and New Gardener Guides

The WishPlant

It is difficult to imagine the mind that could dream up the latest gimmick with plants, but the imagination of some folks has no bounds and the WishPlant has been conceived in Holland. This consists of a transparent capsule in key fob size that contains a growing mini-plant. There are tiny holes for air and water at the base of the capsule. Depending upon the plant it contains, the capsule has to be placed in water once a week or once a month so that the base can absorb sufficient water. The capsules contain a mini cactus or a mini succulent. There are ten different varieties in all and the tiny plants last between three and six months. After that they become too big for the capsule and have to be re-potted. Each plant comes with a wish, making it an ideal gift. WishPlant comes in three options: colour, square and pearl. More information about WishPlant can be found here.

I have created a completely new section on the GardenMessenger web-site for New Gardener Guides. These are primers for those who are completely new to gardening and cover subjects such as Digging, Hoeing and Raking, Pruning Roses, Planting Trees and Shrubs and many more essentials for the beginner to our wonderful hobby. At present there are 35 titles, all of which can be found here.

Happy Gardening



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