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Winter Garden at the Savill Garden Windsor

  Winter sunshine and a crispy morning with blue skies provided perfect conditions to visit The Saville Garden. I’ve visited this garden on a few occasions as it is very accessible from London.  The winter garden has been more recently developed since I last visited in the winter.  If you are a member of the […]

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Just One Crab, Please

  Crabbing is a favourite activity in our household.    It ranks above going to the beach and even better than a trip fossil hunting.  We have crabbed on the River Dart in Devon, on the Dorset coast and in Emsworth, West Sussex.  It’s a lovely coastal activity, combining the outdoors, wildlife and anticipation as to […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show

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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Floral Friday – Family Friendly Shrubs – Lavatera

Related posts: Floral Friday – Family Friendly Shrubs – Lavatera Floral Friday: Cosmos – Family Friendly Plants Floral Friday – Aquilegia – Family Friendly Plants

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I have been playing well outside the garden recently and having great fun.  This Saturday I tiptoed nervously for the first time into a conference for bloggers, called the Mumsnet BlogFest.       My BlogFest day started brilliantly.  I love coincidence and unplanned meetings.  I once went on holiday to southern Ireland and met […]

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Major building works to our house over the past year has meant lots of digging.  Not so much of the gardening variety, but of the foundation and soakaway type.  One unexpected result has been finding some real treasures and snippets of social history in our soil. My son was delighted when this clay pipe was […]

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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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Growing Upwards, Spring and Ball-Proof Glass

RHS Spring and Design Show Spring was certainly in the Air at the 2011 RHS Plant and Design Show in London yesterday. This is a gardening show which doesn’t usually have a kid’s element to it. However there were a few unexpected snippets of interest to families with young children. Plant Heritage’s display held an […]

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Photography and Savill Gardens

I have recently realised that you can’t write a website and a blog about gardens without getting into photography. A trip to Savill Gardens in Windsor Great Park last week with a photographer friend provided the perfect opportunity to have a plant photography tutorial. I hope we will all benefit from any improvement. One of […]

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Crops in Pots: Learning from the Experts

RHS Wisley Garden is a great resource for all things garden-related. It’s a wonderful garden, with acres of plants, fruit and vegetables. It has some good model gardens to gain inspiration from, a glass house, garden centre and a library full of all the gardening books you would ever want to read. They have good […]

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Garden Faces

For me there is something quite appealing about having a few faces displayed in the garden and kids usually love them. My current favourites in the garden are a tree face and a green man. The tree face has been hung on the pussy willow tree. Though the faces are suitable for a shed, fence […]

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After the Snow

Here in London the snow has just about all gone. I have one rather active squirrel in my garden, busy reburying nuts – perhaps he knows that there is more to come. My 5 year old has loved spotting the different birds visiting our garden over this coldspell. Long tailed tits, great tits, blue tits, […]

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