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

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…

January 1st, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to revive your Christmas table decorations with pink

Jewel pinks and purples for gorgeous Christmas table decorations

Can I tempt you with pink Christmas table decorations? We've come in from the garden this week (having cut armfuls of ivy, eucalyptus and birch twigs). And it's time to…

December 18th, 2016 - The Middlesized House

How to make a beautiful twig wreath from tree trimmings

Make a beautiful twig wreath - quick, easy and free

A 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…

December 11th, 2016 - 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…

December 4th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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…

November 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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…

November 23rd, 2016 - Shop

What is this year’s most charming Christmas theme?

Shelves made of old ladders and scaffolding boards

Stylist Liz Bauwens has picked a Christmas theme for at least one glossy magazine every year. She's worked for the Vogue group, Good Housekeeping, Ideal Home, House & Garden, Country…

November 20th, 2016 - The Middlesized House

10 creative ways to improve your winter garden

Summer plants that look good in a winter garden

What does your winter garden look like? Do you even have a 'winter garden' as such? I find that the garden becomes a bit of a dumping ground between November…

November 13th, 2016 - Gardening know how

Take an insider look at the essentials of garden design

The essentials of garden design apply to all sizes of garden

Can you really cram the essentials of garden design into one day - let alone one blog post? I was invited to join the KLC School of Design on their…

November 6th, 2016 - Garden style & living

9 fascinating and useful garden design ideas from the man at the top

Andy Sturgeon photograph

I've just heard some really inspiring garden design ideas from Andy Sturgeon,  winner of nearly 40 national and international garden design awards. And everything he said was not only inspiring,…

October 30th, 2016 - Garden style & living

What you really need to know now about making garden videos

top tips for a successful YouTube Channel

Garden videos don't feature in the playlists of the UK's biggest YouTube stars.  Although it can only be a matter of time before Zoella gets to 'that gardening age'... But…

October 23rd, 2016 - Writing & blogging help

How to avoid a garden shed disaster…

Tips on replacing and repairing sheds

Are you thinking of buying a new garden shed? Is your current garden shed looking tatty? Do you need more garden shed storage? We've been pondering these questions for the…

October 16th, 2016 - Gardening know how