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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 saves you money. You'll end up…

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

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 making sure it all works…

August 13th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Vintage & thrift

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, Vintage & thrift

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

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 renovate a garden without losing its magic

Cotinus and cow parsley

Would you renovate a garden? Or would you just call in the diggers and start again from scratch? But you may miss out if you clear it completely. Architect Tom Croft asked garden maker Posy…

June 12th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

Inside a garden shed where time stands still…..

Old chemists cabinet for seed storage

There's no doubt about it - de-cluttering your desk, home or garden shed can help you feel more in control. But something is lost, too. A completely decluttered life has fewer layers and less history. It…

April 17th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Elderberry plant dye

Did you know that you can make literally hundreds of dyes from your garden plants? As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don't throw the leaves into the compost. Boil them up to…

March 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift, Wildlife & eco

How to de-clutter your shed or garage quickly and easily

Make it easy on yourself - de-cluttering without tears

Are you haunted by the contents of your shed, garage or loft? Is it full of things that 'might come in useful one day'? Does your back ache when you even think about emptying it?…

January 17th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Town gardens, Vintage & thrift

How to save money by moving plants

Money-saving gardening tips

The time for moving plants round your garden is between October and March (deciduous). Or in October or March (evergreen). Have you got a spot in your garden that you want to spend money on?…

November 22nd, 2015 - Gardening on a budget, Vintage & thrift

Could you fall in love with Bad-Girl retro roses?

Harry Wheatcroft roses bad-girl retro

Why not try what I call 'Bad-Girl' retro roses?' For the past three decades, roses have been romantic, tasteful flowers, tumbling artfully over an arch or sprawling across a wall. They have been grown in…

October 11th, 2015 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift