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Bloggers’ picks – the best Christmas gifts for gardeners

Gifts for gardeners

I've asked a range of leading bloggers to recommend the best gifts for gardeners. I set a price limit of under £50. And by gardeners, of course, I mean 'anyone who loves their garden.' Note:…

November 19th, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Shop

Secret Gardens and Secret Gardeners…book reviews

Reviews of The Secret Gardeners and Secret Gardens of East Anglia

I've been sent review copies of Secret Gardens of East Anglia by Barbara Segall & Marcus Harpur, and The Secret Gardeners by Victoria Summerley & Hugo Rittson Thomas. In fact, gardening is not usually a…

October 29th, 2017 - Shop

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', at its launch on the…

October 8th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Shop

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, Shop

A few of my favourite gardening things…

Good gardening things I've tried

'Gardening things' may sound a bit vague, but I wanted to tell you about a few of the best things that I've tried recently. I've bought or been given some items, and others have been…

May 28th, 2017 - Shop

My favourite new garden tools and books

My favourite new garden tools

Garden bloggers see alot of new garden tools and books at the beginning of the gardening year. This year, garden tools are lighter and stronger than they've ever been before. I've been given several brands…

March 26th, 2017 - Shop

10 fascinating garden gifts we’d all love to get

Garden gifts for Christmas

Garden gifts are tricky. I don't think any of us wants a random plant. Certainly not if we have middle-sized gardens, because there's rarely a spare space to squeeze a plant in. And there are…

November 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Shop

Are gardening Black Friday deals worth it?

Gardening gloves and secateurs

I hadn't realised there were gardening Black Friday deals. I've been vaguely aware of Black Friday as a day when tech and gadgetry gets marked down. But I noticed that 'Garden & Outdoors' is featuring…

November 23rd, 2016 - Shop

Easy garden party ideas and inspiration

Easy garden party ideas

Garden party ideas can be such fun. Coloured tablecloths and glasses. Seasonal garden flowers in jam jars. Night-lights, lanterns and solar lights for long discussions late into the night... We've given quite a few garden…

August 7th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Shop

Garden furniture to love – 4 best looks

Garden furniture styles for your garden

How do you choose garden furniture? Do you drift in to a garden centre and look for the offers? Or is your garden furniture an important part of your design? Ours has accumulated over the…

July 24th, 2016 - Shop

The best gardening supplies – what you really need now

Garden supplies - kit that really works

'Gardening supplies' is a funny term. It covers a whole category of extremely useful things that make gardening much easier. In the past, I used to muddle along with anything that came to hand. Then…

June 26th, 2016 - Shop

My 10 most useful and inspiring gardening books

My 10 best gardening books

Are gardening books dead? Can't we get all the info we need free off the internet? The best gardening books are the ones you go back to again and again. You don't need to recharge…

May 22nd, 2016 - Shop