if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre

Is someone stealing your blog? (And what to do about it)

Is your blog being stolen by someone who is 'scraping' your posts? Find out and do something about it.

How do you know when someone is stealing your blog? And what can you do about it? I've just had this experience (not for the first time). So have several…

October 14th, 2017 - Writing & blogging help

Review: Monty Don’s new book ‘Down To Earth’

Monty Don 'Down to Earth' book launch

Monty Don's new book, Down to Earth, has lots of good practical advice, but it isn't a 'how to.' [caption id="attachment_7652" align="alignnone" width="600"] Monty Don's new book, 'Down To Earth',…

October 8th, 2017 - Garden style & living

15 ways to transform your garden with upcycled junk

A shop mannequin used as garden statuary

My friend Anna has created her garden with upcycled junk. It's chic, stylish - and practically everything in it has been swapped or acquired for free. Swapping and recycling doesn't…

October 1st, 2017 - Garden design, Gardening on a budget

How to make a terrarium that won’t die in 6 weeks

Me and my terrarium.

The terrarium is back in fashion. You probably last saw one in the 1970s, gathering dust in Great-aunt Agatha's musty Victorian interior. Now you might expect to find them in…

September 24th, 2017 - Gardening know how, The Middlesized House

2018 garden trends – what’s new for your garden

2018 garden trends include the macrame hanging planter

I've been taking a sneak peek at the 2018 garden trends . I spent two days at GLEE, the exhibition where the gardening industry displays or discovers next year's garden…

September 17th, 2017 - Garden style & living

An orchard in the garden? You really do have the space!

How to plant a mini orchard for a small garden

'Laura has an orchard in the garden,' said my friend, Rosie, over a gin-and-tonic. Firstly, Laura and Rosie live in the same street in the market town of Faversham. The…

September 10th, 2017 - Grow-your-own

Le Jardin Agapanthe – love it or hate it, but don’t miss it!

Over-sized gates create a majestic entrance

You will love Le Jardin Agapanthe in Normandy, France. Or you will hate it. But it's not like most other gardens you'll visit. There are no lawns, borders or views (although…

September 3rd, 2017 - Garden design, Garden travel

12 crazy (but fabulous) garden ideas from Spain

Crochet plastic rug used as shade awning

Garden ideas picked up from holidays abroad have inspired garden designers for years. Every year, there are several award-winning RHS show gardens based on places we visit, from Provence to…

August 27th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel

What you really need to know about creating a roof garden…

Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

This week I visited the roof garden at John Lewis in Oxford Street, designed by Tony Woods. Tony is a former RHS Young Designer of the Year. He and his…

August 20th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to style your garden – smart tips and finishing touches.

'Style your garden' doesn't mean exactly the same as 'design your garden.' Designing a garden is about choosing a theme, then planning the hard landscaping and planting. Styling is about…

August 13th, 2017 - Garden style & living

An unusual tropical garden in the Kent countryside

exotic garden in the English countryside

Steven Edney and Louise Dowle's middle-sized tropical garden, Sweetbriar, is just three years old. But it's already opening for the NGS. Both Steven and Louise are professional gardeners. Steven runs…

August 6th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How important is your garden path?

S shaped garden paths for long, thin gardens

I visited a beautifully planted garden last year, but it was spoilt by its garden path. The garden owner clearly didn't care about her garden paths. She poured all her…

July 30th, 2017 - Garden design