Sunday, 26 September 2010

Columbia Road

I thought I'd better bring this blog right back to gardening as I've been completely off the subject lately.  So I took a little trip to Columbia Road Flower Market which is in London's East End.

Columbia Road

This market is absolutely delightful, but personally it drives me a bit mad as there's so many people which makes it kind-of difficult to shop.  It starts getting set up really early (about 4am) so if you get there early or late (it closes about 2) you might have more chance of missing the crowds.

There's some great plants to see if you do make it down.  These are a couple of my favorites -

I love these plants as not only are they beautiful but you can buy a variety in shops and supermarkets which contain a little fruit beneath their leaves and it tastes yummy.

I decided to try out my Hipstomatic on my IPhone to photograph them, here's the result...
they're also called 'Chinese Lanterns'.  Pretty...

Dwarf Pineapples

I thought these had probably been dyed pink but I did a google search and it would appear that they are actually this colour.  Amazing...
I find it really funny that pineapples grow just above the ground like this...

you always think of pineapples dangling from trees or something...?

Here's another couple of pics form the market -

And here's some gorgeous black Tulip bulbs I found called 'The Queen of the Night'...

Queen of the Night

Bring on Whitney Housten

Queen of the Night - Whitney Housten

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Fashion Week

Fashion, Party, Dazzle, Cocktails, Canapes, Celebrities.

I didn't do much fashion during fashion week but the one show I did see was Fashion East which was in a giant GREENHOUSE and was actually the old train station for the Eurostar at Waterloo.

Lovely venue, perfect conditions for flowers to grow, and so they did in Simone Rocha's show here -
You can't see the flowers in the hair because I wasn't fashionable enough to get further to the front than 3rd row...

The previous evening I'd gone to a Giles Deacon afterparty at Bistrotheque.  The best thing about the party was the carpet which featured giant HIBISCUS flowers (and eyeballs...(?)).  Unfortunately I failed to take a photo but there's one on this lovely fashion blog

Agnyess Deyn attended but I wouldn't speak to her because I'm from Yorkshire and she's from Lancashire and about 500 years ago we had 'The War of the ROSES' which is all very complicated so you can just read about that on Wikipedia.  Now it's turned in to 'The War of the Supermodels'.

During London's Next Top Tranny this week I thought I'd go anti-fashion and wear a bin-bag to look as rubbish as possible, unfortunately I just can't help looking fabulous and managed to look like I'd stepped off a Gareth Pugh catwalk.

Russella in a bin bag

I also had a plus-size super-model Naomi Shimada teach the Trannies how to walk whilst eating a STRAWBERRY cupcake.

Naomi Shimada

From Glamorous Gardener

No VEGGIES for her!

One of the judges was Larry Tee - the co-writer of RuPaul's fabulous single 'Supermodel'!  I can't find any horticultural reason to have this here unfortunately. 

Lord knows, this blog is becoming less and less about gardening and more and more about drag queens.

So here's a picture of Marawa the amazing next to some amazing ARTICHOKE we found.  I love artichoke

From Glamorous Gardener

Friday, 17 September 2010

Lettuce Dress

Everyone is going food dress crazy after Lady Gaga wore a meat dress to the VMA's this week.

Lady Gaga Meat Dress

An American actress - Kate Walsh - wore a Sushi Dress in homage to Gaga
So to host London's Next Top Tranny last Wednesday I wore a lettuce dress (and a bit of cling-film)...

Here's illustrator David Shenton's take on the whole thing.

Then I looked to see if anyone had worn a lettuce dress already and discovered a New York Drag Queen called Hedda Lettuce

Did you know that Lettuce contains an Opium-like substance which helps you sleep?  Eat a lettuce sandwich before bed because the carbs in the bread and the Opium-like substance in the Lettuce will help you doze off.

I used to think lettuce was a bit boring but with the right salad dressing it is transformed.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010


A reader suggested I plant some Berberis to prevent kids climbing in to my property to retrieve their football (and breaking my fence in the process).  However I discovered that the MET police have a website page which names the best spiky plants to deter people from climbing in to your property CLICK HERE.  I opted for the Blackthorn (which in a previous post I mistook for a Hawthorn), because the fruit of the Blackthorn is used to make Sloe Gin which I love.

I bought my Blackthorn plant form EBay but this hedging website seems to be a good place to purchase - they seem to know their stuff.

Here's my bushes just arrived -
I can't wait for the berries!


Saturday, 4 September 2010


You may remember ages ago I planted some beetroot seedlings.

 Well they grew and grew and grew...

Beetroot Growing

One of them grew in to a giant beetroot.

Giant Beetroot (with it's baby small beetroot)
There's a website dedicated to beetroot lovers called where you can find out all sorts of interesting facts about beetroot - for example - 'beetroot are natures Viagra' because they contain a lot of Boron which apparently increases the level of natural sex hormones in the body.

Suggestive Beetroot


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

MC Kinky

Today I went to my friend Caron's House who used to be called MC Kinky in the 1990's and was a celebrity rapper.  Now she is called Feral.
This is Caron's garden, which is also feral  (according to an online dictionary, by the way, Feral means -
'existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.')

This is not great news.  The only good thing about this garden is that the tree which you see is a lovely apple tree full of tasty apples.  I am going to go and help her make this garden look glamorous.

This is Caron/MC Kinky/Feral's hit single from the 90's -

Obviously I don't condone the use of drugs (not even plant fertiliser) but I rather enjoy that tune.  My favorite song by Feral is called Dskasting (read - disgusting - which sums up that garden!).  You can hear Dskgasting here (Track 4) 

I love Feral