elcome to today’s Londoner’s Diary live blog. James Wong tells us the gardening establishment has been caught on its heels over houseplants. Later on, Jodie Turner-Smith reflects on why she’s happy she’s a commoner after filming TV series Anne Boleyn and Nicky Haslam defends Theresa May’s “John Lewis furniture nightmare”. In SW1A, David Davis offers his view on the No. 11 flat refurbishment and Liz Truss makes a bovine faux-pas.
Gardener James Wong says a “revolution” is happening in British horticulture like that of food in the Eighties and it’s all thanks to an explosion of interest in houseplants. “It’s like Silicon Valley: build it up, see what works, what doesn’t work. Some may be wonderful, some terrible, but there’s really exciting energy,” he tells us.
Wong hit the headlines at the end of last year for saying British gardening culture had “racism baked into its DNA,” most clearly shown by the “festishisation and wild misuse” of terms such as heritage and native.
Now he argues much of the…