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Which hedge is right for my garden?

A friend recently asked me which hedge she should choose for her garden. It's a bit like being asked for the answer to world peace. It's rather a big question. [caption id="attachment_7092" align="alignnone" width="600"] Garden…

July 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to turn a pergola into a simple gazebo.

We decided to turn a neglected pergola in the corner of the garden into a simple gazebo, in order to create an 'outside room.' It has a wonderful view of the garden. [caption id="attachment_7038" align="alignnone"…

July 16th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Children’s gardening – some really good and fun stuff

good children's tools

Children's gardening is perennially in the news. How can we encourage the young to be interested in gardening? Should we even try? I have a theory. If we go back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, your…

July 9th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Garden party decorations – big parties on small budgets

Coloured glasses

I love garden party decorations. Flowers, bunting, lights...it's all such fun. This week we 're giving a party for my brother-in-law's big birthday. The middle-sized lawn is almost completely covered with a marquee. [caption id="attachment_6954"…

July 2nd, 2017 - Garden style & living

What colour should I paint my shed?

I have been debating the crucial issue of what colour to paint my shed. Painting your shed transforms your garden. And if I paint my shed, it'll also last longer. The wood is protected by…

June 18th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Are we seeing a new direction in weeds?

Is it my imagination or are we seeing more 'weeds' in gardens now? I don't mean gardens that look unkempt. Some of the prettiest gardens now unashamedly seem to have weeds sprouting alongside the bedding.…

June 11th, 2017 - Garden style & living

11 charming small garden ideas on a budget

If asked for 'small garden ideas', I wouldn't normally start with advising you to plant a large cypress tree right in the middle of your  courtyard garden. But one of the great pleasures of helping…

June 4th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to create a delightful seaside garden

Delightful seaside garden ideas

I've been visiting gardens in Whitstable to pick up seaside garden ideas. [caption id="attachment_6563" align="alignnone" width="600"] Above is a bed from the seaside garden at 5 Clare Road, open part of Whitstable Open Gardens, usually…

May 14th, 2017 - Garden style & living

8 steps to the long thin garden of your dreams

Long thin garden design and planting tips

Two years ago Emma and Mel moved to a house in Whitstable with a long thin garden. They came from a London flat with a tiny courtyard: 'I've been dreaming about how I would create…

May 7th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Orchid care – how to stop feeling guilty and love your orchid

Easy tips for orchid care

Do you feel guilty about orchid care? Have you been given a potted orchid which did look beautiful for weeks? And do you now have a sad little transparent pot full of dried-up roots, with…

April 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living

What do you think about garden sculpture and ornaments?

Garden sculpture and ornaments

People with middle-sized gardens used to worry about garden sculpture and ornaments. They seemed too close to garden gnomes. As children, we loved peering into front gardens to see a few brightly coloured stone gnomes…

March 19th, 2017 - Garden style & living

What do you need to build a unique shed?

How to build a unique shed

This is the story of how to build a unique shed out of salvage, imagination and hard work. Garden maker Posy Gentles decided she wanted a new shed several years ago. Her current shed was…

February 26th, 2017 - Garden style & living