Archive | 2011

Star Made from DOGWOOD

A Christmas Star from the Garden

  Christmas Star Last spring when I cut back my dogwood in the front garden I had good intentions.  I knew that the lovely red stems which had brightened up the garden all winter long could be put to further use.  I hadn’t expected it to take me quite so long to use them.  Last weekend we […]

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Autumn Colours at Stourhead

We hadn’t planned to visit, but after a whole day of rain we needed to get out for an autumn ramble. Helpfully the evening before Radio 4’s PM programme had interviewed the head gardener from Stourhead.  The passion he displayed for the garden was infectious and helped us to decide that a visit to see […]

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Apple Day and the Abundance Project

Picking apples from a tree must be one of the most valued childhood memories. Its great to have apple trees in your garden, but the harvesting, storing and preparation of them can be a mixed blessing. Having given away loads of our apples to family and friends and stored away several box full we were […]

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An Indian Summer in the Garden

I read this week that an Indian summer can only occur in October.  Well if that is the case then ours is about to start tomorrow.  If you are a gardener, love gardens, have a young family then you are going to just love having summer at this time of the year.  Or are you?  […]

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Creative Business Photography Workshop

 On Friday I was in seventh heaven. Why? Because I was in a walled garden, having a go at photography, with a lovely bunch of ladies. I attended a creative photography workshop run by Vicki Knights at the Medicine Garden in Cobham. If you are a regular reader of this blog or my Kidsinthegarden […]

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Where Am I?

A pictorial post and a quiz for the summer.  This garden is in the heart of a large city in the UK.  Can you guess where it is? It has a pond, a meadow and one of the cties busiest roads on its southern boundary It is a real oasis in the heart of the […]

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Radishes

Growing with Kids 1 – Radishes

Radish harvest     We are adding a few more veg to our repertoire this year.  Lots of kids gardening books suggest that one of the easiest vegetables to grow with kids are radishes and guess what they are right.  Our little bunch above were planted at the end of half term, in early June […]

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Painting Pebbles

Kids Garden Activities: Painting Pots, Bunches of Herbs and the Odd Decorated Pebble

Painted Pots using Star Stickers Painting Garden Pots   If you are like me there are loads of activities you never get around to doing with children. Over the past week I’ve had the opportunity to test out a number of garden crafts without the kids, especially those involving paint.  Four weeks notice to stock […]

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More Green Space and Less Hard Surfaces in your Garden – WHY?

A recent report by the London Wildlife Trust on how London is losing its green gardens came up with some interesting facts. There are approx 3.8 million gardens in London (if you count front and back gardens separately) – Wow what a lot. 24% of London is domestic outdoor space with 14% of it vegetated. […]

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The Language of Gardening that will get Children Growing

Crops in pots Growing your own and getting the whole family involved in gardening has become cool over the last decade. We no longer have vegetable plots, but edible gardens. Our flower gardens have gone vertical and our roofs have gone green. Kids at school no longer garden, but grow. Though we still have loads of […]

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Children’s Gardens at RHS Chelsea

A Child’s Garden in Wales The Chelsea Flower Show must be one of the few UK flower shows that does not encourage children to attend.  I only saw one child visitor and two children behind a stand on the day I attended. Children’s growing was highlighted in several gardens this year. My favourite was A Child’s Garden […]

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Three Doors at RHS Chelsea that all Kids will Love

I visited the Chelsea Flower Show in London yesterday.  If you are in the UK you will know that the papers and television have been overflowing with reviews of it.  The show certainly lived up to expectations.  I arrived as the gates opened at 8.00am which allowed for a quiet first hour and enabled me to take photos without […]

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CBeebies, Gardening and Mr Bloom’s Nursery

At the beginning of last year I wrote a piece on the blog about CBeebies and Gardening.  The BBC has now applied even more creativity to its childrens’ programming and produced an entertaining veggie puppet show with Mr Bloom’s Nursery.  Its worth a watch even if you don’t have kids – well a short watch.  […]

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Potato Grass Heads, Children’s Plant Markers and Recycling Red Noses

Kids’ garden activities are now a routine part of most gardening events. So with a kidsinthegarden stall at our local seedy Sunday the childrens’ gardening activities fitted neatly with me. Plant Markers Potato Grassheads By popular request potato head grass heads were on offer. If you have never created these creatures here’s how we did […]

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World Book Day: A Book to Inspire your Children to Garden

If I could only take one children’s gardening book on to that desert island it would have to be ‘Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow’ by Sarah Garland. It is a simple, homely and feel good story about a little boy growing vegetables and flowers with his family. It has held the attention […]

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