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Children’s gardening – some really good and fun stuff

good children's tools

Children's gardening is perennially in the news. How can we encourage the young to be interested in gardening? Should we even try? I have a theory. If we go back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, your…

July 9th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Shop

Garden party decorations – big parties on small budgets

Coloured glasses

I love garden party decorations. Flowers, bunting, lights...it's all such fun. This week we 're giving a party for my brother-in-law's big birthday. The middle-sized lawn is almost completely covered with a marquee. [caption id="attachment_6954"…

July 2nd, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

What colour should I paint my shed?

I have been debating the crucial issue of what colour to paint my shed. Painting your shed transforms your garden. And if I paint my shed, it'll also last longer. The wood is protected by…

June 18th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Sheds/sanctuaries

Are we seeing a new direction in weeds?

Is it my imagination or are we seeing more 'weeds' in gardens now? I don't mean gardens that look unkempt. Some of the prettiest gardens now unashamedly seem to have weeds sprouting alongside the bedding.…

June 11th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

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

How to create a delightful seaside garden

Delightful seaside garden ideas

I've been visiting gardens in Whitstable to pick up seaside garden ideas. (And you can visit them too on June 10th 2018, 10am-5pm, when they are open for the NGS.) [caption id="attachment_6563" align="alignnone" width="600"] Above…

May 14th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design

8 steps to the long thin garden of your dreams

Long thin garden design and planting tips

Two years ago Emma and Mel moved to a house in Whitstable with a long thin garden. It's open on the 10th June 2018 for the NGS 10am-5pm. They came from a London flat with…

May 7th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

Orchid care – how to stop feeling guilty and love your orchid

Easy tips for orchid care

Do you feel guilty about orchid care? Have you been given a potted orchid which did look beautiful for weeks? And do you now have a sad little transparent pot full of dried-up roots, with…

April 23rd, 2017 - Container gardening, Garden style & living

What do you think about garden sculpture and ornaments?

Garden sculpture and ornaments

People with middle-sized gardens used to worry about garden sculpture and ornaments. They seemed too close to garden gnomes. As children, we loved peering into front gardens to see a few brightly coloured stone gnomes…

March 19th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

What do you need to build a unique shed?

How to build a unique shed

This is the story of how you can 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…

February 26th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Sheds/sanctuaries, Vintage & thrift

How to create an irresistibly romantic garden….

Romantic garden ideas

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 romantic garden always has something…

February 12th, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

Effective medicinal plants to grow in your garden

You could grow many useful medicinal plants in your garden

Until 100 years ago, we used medicinal plants to treat most illnesses. And, according to a new book, The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants, they still do in Africa, Asia and South America. Even the chemical…

February 5th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco