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10 practical and beautiful outdoor seating ideas

Outdoor seating ideas for your garden – how to incorporate attractive garden seating into your design, including DIY and recycled ideas.

March 13th, 2021

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Christmas table decorations

Christmas table decorations from the garden – quick, easy & thrifty

You can make these two Christmas table decorations from foraged seed heads and garden greenery. And they each took less than ten minutes to create. And when the festive season…

December 6th, 2020

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The rise and rise of the extra large wreath…

If you want a wreath for your wall or above your fireplace, then an extra large wreath will probably look better than the size normally used on front doors. I’ve…

December 8th, 2019

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Heston Blumenthal on how to barbecue for a crowd

I recently asked Heston Blumenthal for his top tips on how to barbecue for a party. And although it was only a short conversation, he certainly turned my ideas on…

April 14th, 2019

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Zero waste Christmas decorating ideas

Zero waste Christmas decorations from the garden

Zero waste Christmas decorations are more important than ever this year. Firstly, if you pick or forage most of your decorations from gardens or the countryside, you don’t need to…

December 2nd, 2018

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How to create an outdoor kitchen in a garden for entertaining

How to create a garden for entertaining

What you need to know about creating a garden for entertaining. How to install an outdoor kitchen, plant for privacy and more.

July 29th, 2018

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Christmas ideas – a white Christmas tablescape

The phrase ‘Christmas tablescape‘ has emerged from Pinterest, along with ‘Christmas mantelscapes.’ A Christmas tablescape isn’t always about decorating a dining table.  It’s a Christmas still life, on a coffee…

December 3rd, 2017

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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. Julie and I did a ‘how to make a twig wreath‘…

November 26th, 2017

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Coloured glasses

Garden party decorations – big parties on small budgets

Garden party decorations turn your party into an instant success. Flowers, bunting and lights all add a sense of expectation, drama or fun to your garden. And almost any size…

July 2nd, 2017

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Easter decorating tips

10 no-time, no-money last-minute Easter decorating secrets

I woke up to Easter decorating rather late this year. You may already have your spring door wreath, complete with succulents and quails’ eggs on your door. And you may…

April 14th, 2017

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Romantic garden ideas

How to create an irresistibly romantic garden….

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…

February 12th, 2017

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Jewel pinks and purples for gorgeous Christmas table decorations

How to revive your Christmas table decorations with pink

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

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