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

Is it time for a garden appraisal?

If you want to take your garden up a notch, book a garden appraisal. Maybe you've moved to a new house and you don't even know what's in your garden?…

January 28th, 2018 - Garden design, Gardening know how

What is ‘re-wilding’ and why does it matter to you?

I first heard the term 're-wilding' at Glee 2017, the horticultural trades show. It's one of the big new trends in gardening. It means appreciating, re-introducing or conserving the wild…

January 21st, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and easy

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics. And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from garden plants is a trend…

January 14th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

How to find a gardener who’s perfect for your garden

What's the first thing you think about when you decide to find a gardener? Is it 'how much does a gardener cost?' Or 'how do I find a gardener who…

January 7th, 2018 - Gardening know how

The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

Best of 2017

To wish you 'happy Christmas', here is 'the best of 2017' - the most popular posts published in 2017 in the Middlesized Garden, plus my favourite photographs. And there are…

December 17th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget

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