Whether you're a hashtag natural or tend to get your #Monsteramonday mixed up with #philodendronfriday, Instagram is a bit of a jungle for houseplant lovers: fun to negotiate but sometimes rather confusing. I talk to Kimberley Aston aka @kingstreetjungle, who's a houseplant lover of the Instagram generation, and one of the faces behind smash hit accounts @philomemedron and @therealhouseplantsof_ig. We discuss how to get the best out of hashtags, how to take great photos of your plants, why real houseplant photos should show the unvarnished truth about your plants, and more.
Here's a guide to some of the things we talk about in this episode so you can read on and click through as you listen...
- We talk about the range of hashtags to use with houseplants, including #Monsteramonday, #philodendronfriday, #glasshouses and #aspidistraaddict and Kimberley explains why it's useful to follow hashtags on Instagram - here's how.
- I mention some of my new Peperomias including P. maculosa, P. bangroana and P. prostrata.
- I single out the Aglaeonema picta tricolor meme and the plant knowledge meme on @philomemedron.
- Kimberley singles out Epiphyllum chrysocardium as a plant on her wishlist - check it out on Instagram.
- She also names some of her favourite IG accounts including @jamiesjungle, @foxhollowfarmer and @botanygeek.
- I would also recommend these Instagram accounts to follow - @plantsandcollecting, @arapisarda and @warsawjungle: have a look at this piece I wrote for Gardenista for more suggestions.
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On The Ledge talks, live show and houseplant chats
I'll be making an appearance at Gardeners' World Live in Birmingham on June 14 on the Blooming Interiors stage - check out the schedule here, and stay tuned as I'll have a ticket giveaway coming up in the next few weeks.
I am also going to be at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on the afternoon of July 4 giving talks on houseplants in the roses theatre - do join me if you can. And on the evening of Friday October 26 I'll be bringing a live show of On The Ledge to the RHS London Urban Garden show, with special guests including Alys Fowler and all kinds of leafy fun! Put those dates in your diary NOW!