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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

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden style & living


Zero waste Christmas decorating ideas

Zero waste Christmas decorations from the garden

Do you fancy joining me in zero waste Christmas decorating this year? My definition of ‘zero waste Christmas decorations’ are things found in the garden, are responsibly gathered from the…

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

I’ve just visited a gorgeous small town garden for entertaining. If you are thinking of building an outdoor kitchen, then Dan Cooper, the owner, has the most brilliant tips (see…

July 29th, 2018

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


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 make your party feel like an instant success. Flowers, bunting and lights all add a sense of expectation, drama or fun to your garden. And almost any…

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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Make a beautiful twig wreath - quick, easy and free

How to make a beautiful Christmas twig wreath from tree trimmings

A Christmas 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….

December 11th, 2016

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Garden Christmas decorations

Christmas garden decorations – how to be festive and wildlife-friendly

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

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco


Shelves made of old ladders and scaffolding boards

How to work a Christmas theme with just a few tweaks

What’s your ‘Christmas theme’ this year? Are you just a little bored with your usual Christmas decorations? If you pick a Christmas theme, you don’t have to buy a whole…

November 20th, 2016

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