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My Garden in November

  We are definitely at the end of the flowering season in my garden.  It’s all looking a bit tatty and floppy.  There has not been a frost yet, but plenty of rain has fallen, so today there are photos speckled full of those dewy drops. The flowering season seems also to be a bit […]

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A Toddler High Garden

This week I have tried a little experiment.  When I am asked by people how to create a children’s garden I often say to look at it from a child’s perspective and if they have very young children think about placing items of interest at toddler height.  When my 8 year old was tiny he […]

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Pumpkins and Fairy Rings

There is no better way to spend a sunny Autumn morning than visiting Kew Gardens.  This is exactly what we did last weekend.  If you have never been it’s a fantastic place to pop into.  There’s loads for children of all ages to do.  If you are not a friend of Kew it’s a bit […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show: Ideas for Family Gardens

The UK has over 15 million gardens and a large proportion of these will be owned by families with children.  So it is not surprising that every year some of the gardens at the Hampton Court Flower Show have some inspiring ideas for family gardens.  This year two gardens caught my eye. The One Show […]

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May in My Garden

  May is when my garden really starts gowing and blooming and this year thanks to all the Forget me nots I have a full border.  I seem to have a garden full of mauve, yellow and purple flowers.  Not a white or red bloom to be seen.  The Wallflower ‘Bowles Mauve’, Aquileja and Geranium ‘Bill […]

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Family Friendly Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show

  The gardens on show at the Chelsea Flower Show are always inspiring, with fabulous planting schemes, inspiring design and often with a real wow factor.  Sometimes though it is difficult to see how some of the ideas behind the gardens would work for those of us with smaller plots, even tinier budgets and less […]

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10 Simple Steps to Creating a Bee Friendly Garden

A bee friendly garden is a family friendly garden.  How so you may say?  Well it is estimated that 78% of flowering plants rely on bees and other insects to reproduce. Worldwide, of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees. A world without bees will […]

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The Day We Sowed Wild Flowers

  A couple of weeks ago I posted about planting our Willow Wigwam and I am pleased to report that it has already started to sprout.  I can now reveal that around the wigwam we plan to have an annual wild flower meadow and we spent Sunday preparing the ground and sowing this. I wanted […]

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My Top 10 Slug and Snail Resistent Plants

  Be careful with that caterpillar, don’t step on that worm, and watch that spider, are all phrases you’ll hear me say to my son.  Like most parents I’m trying to teach him to value life and how to look after the wildlife and bugs in our garden.  However when it comes to slugs and […]

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Opportunity to Design a Garden for Hampton Court Flower Show

My ears pricked up when I heard a competition for non-professionals to design a Family Friendly Garden announced on the BBC’s One Show this week.  The winner will have the garden built at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July.  Family friendly gardens and how to achieve them are matters very close to my […]

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