Summer gardens with Michael Perry

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Hello everyone!

Summer is in full swing, but I’ve been too busy to soak much of it up. However, some of those busy times have been outside, so that’s okay for me!

I’ve spent a couple days helping my friend Ellen with her allotment – well, I only got the chance to dig a few potatoes, as we were busy filming for a cool new project!

As you may know, we host The Plant Based Podcast and we’ve been busy working on a sideshoot (get the pun…?!) to that project… Yep, we are branching out into a little bit of video!

We were planting up fabulous “elevated allotments”, basically those raised beds that have become super-popular. It’s so much more convenient, and it also means the veg is held up above the risk of some pests and diseases… Plus, of course, no bending!

We also did a fun little task around the allotment, as we created a “bunch of munch”. It’s basically a bouquet of flowers (and vegetables) where you can eat EVERYTHING!

I’ve been obsessed with edible blooms since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, so I taught Ellen all about the tasty blooms she had on her allotment – from dahlia blooms to fuchsia berries!

You may have seen me create a “botanical makeover” for a hotel in Covent Garden recently, where I installed fun and air-purifying houseplants into two suites!

I enjoyed it so much, and I’m so happy to be asked to do another one, on the other side of London! Can’t wait to exercise my green fingers again..!

The summer garden I helped my friend near Cambridge create has come on super-well too; and boy is it a pollinator haven!? We planted the excellent Super Petunias, Foxglove Foxlight and tonnes more high-resolution blooms! The outdoor succulent containers are looking sparkling too, and will see through the whole winter as well!

August is a quieter month in the admin world, as most companies are on holiday! But I’ve been hard at it, because I’m away much of September, working…

I have been booked to do lectures in Japan and Canada, so you can expect lots of lovely photos! I have a brand new presentation to give called “My Life in Plants”, which is the first time I’ve told my story and the plants I’ve brought to the public! It’s gonna be a cracker!

So, until next month, keep growing… and yes, I intended that pun!

Michael x

1 Comment

  1. Antoinette Browne August 29, 2019 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Michael, love reading your blogs. You are a very inspirational young man. I always looking for ideas for my garden. Since I have been watching your shows, I have learned so much. Thank you for sharing it with us. Antoinette x

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