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

The best blogging tips of the year….

best blogging tips this year

What are your best blogging tips of the year? I'll tell you mine, if you tell me yours. Britmums is a blogging collective. Although it's mainly for parenting bloggers, it…

December 10th, 2017 - Writing & blogging help

Christmas ideas – a white Christmas tablescape

The phrase 'Christmas tablescape' has emerged from Pinterest, along with 'Christmas mantelscapes.' [caption id="attachment_8101" align="alignnone" width="600"] This Christmas tablescape is on the piano in the hall. It looks so effective…

December 3rd, 2017 - Decorations/parties

New Contemporary Garden course – 10% off! Plus ‘Top 5 Hard to Kill House Plants’

Learning With Experts (formerly My Garden School) is offering Middlesized Garden readers a 10% off their New Contemporary Garden course, taught by RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth. [caption id="attachment_8086" align="alignnone" width="300"]…

November 30th, 2017 - Shop

Jam jar Christmas – how to decorate with garden clippings

I love jam jar flower arrangements, so I've asked florist-tutor Julie Davies how to do jam jar Christmas decorations. [caption id="attachment_8048" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jam jar Christmas decorations created with empty…

November 26th, 2017 - Celebrations, Decorations/parties, Vintage & thrift

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…

November 19th, 2017 - Celebrations, Shop

Don’t dig up dahlias for winter! What to do instead….

Henriette dahlia over-winters well.

I don't dig up dahlias to store them at the end of the summer. I’ve been growing dahlias for fifteen years, and I only dug a few up once. They…

November 12th, 2017 - Gardening know how, Uncategorized

Join the 1970s house plants revolution

1970s houseplants - aspidistra and spider plant

I was part of the original 1970s house plants movement. When I first left home, house plants were as essential as having a coffee mug, a Habitat plate and Pink…

November 5th, 2017 - Container gardening

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,…

October 29th, 2017 - Shop

How to dry chillies – 3 easy ways

Homegrown and home-dried chillies

I've just learned how to dry chillies Italian-style. If you stroll round the ancient hilltop towns of southern Italy in October, you will see strings of chillies drying everywhere. We're…

October 22nd, 2017 - Grow-your-own

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, Shop

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…

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