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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, Town gardens, Vintage & thrift

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, Garden trends & design

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 design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

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 - Container gardening, 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, Garden travel, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

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, Sheds/sanctuaries, Vintage & thrift

How to create an irresistibly romantic garden….

Romantic garden ideas

What is a romantic garden? Everyone will have their own definition. So with Valentine's Day looming up, I've picked out ten 'romantic garden' ideas. Just a little bit wild... A romantic garden always has something…

February 12th, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

Effective medicinal plants to grow in your garden

You could grow many useful medicinal plants in your garden

Until 100 years ago, we used medicinal plants to treat most illnesses. And, according to a new book, The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants, they still do in Africa, Asia and South America. Even the chemical…

February 5th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco

Where is gardening illegal?

Is gardening illegal in New Zealand.

Gardening illegal? Surely not! But when I was recently 'researching gardening' (otherwise known as 'wasting time') online, I discovered that one of the common questions about gardening is 'where is gardening illegal?' I had to…

January 29th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel

A year of glorious gardens to visit

Heale Gardens in Wiltshire

Here are some of my favourite gardens to visit. These are taken from gardens I visited in 2016 that will also open to the public in 2017. Some are 'great gardens' run by professional gardeners,…

January 1st, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel

How to make a beautiful Christmas twig wreath from tree trimmings

Make a beautiful twig wreath - quick, easy and free

A Christmas twig wreath is easy, quick and stylish. And it's free, if you use your garden trimmings. Now is a good time to prune many trees, shrubs and climbers. So before you dispose of…

December 11th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

Christmas garden decorations – how to be festive and wildlife-friendly

Garden Christmas decorations

Christmas garden decorations. Do you love them, or do you worry about light pollution? Decorating your garden at Christmas is a trend that has crept over from the US. When we went to Virginia in…

December 4th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco