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Children’s Gardening: Ready, Steady, Grow

It is World Book Day today so I thought I would review my most recent gardening book – The Royal Horticultural Society’s Ready, Steady, Grow – Quick and Easy Gardening Projects. There were no reviews on Amazon when I ordered it so I was not quite sure what to expect. It is 80 pages in […]

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Late Winter Blooms

Joe Swift had an article in this Saturday’s Times listing his garden highlights for this time of year. It got me thinking and looking in my garden to see what I would list. Well there is not a lot of growth and colour yet. Your list may well be longer. My favourite and a new […]

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Out 2 Play at Kew Gardens

If you live near west London then Kew Gardens is a great place to visit. It has all the elements of a garden on a grand scale. In the summer the gardening students each have an allotment plot to plan and manage so you can even pick up some tips for growing veg. There is […]

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Garden Guilt

Why do I always feel guilty when I go out and do some gardening. There is no such feeling when I am inside and pottering about or outside and hanging up the washing. But as soon as I pick up a trowel or pair of secateurs in the garden then I start thinking about all […]

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In 2 play in the Garden

As a family this weekend we were very much indoors. However I am pleased to say that we fitted in some garden-related activities. All of us joined in the RSPBs Garden Bird Watch. There has been lots to press recently about how quite rare birds are visiting and depending on food from peoples’ gardens. We […]

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

I visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London today. The photos were fantastic and inspiring. The sort of thing most of us can only dream about taking. What is most impressive is the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. The winner of the under 10 years […]

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Cbeebies – Gardening and Nature

Sitting watching Dirt Girl World with my son last night got me wondering how much these sorts of programmes will influence our children. There is a plethora of nature type programmes on CBeebies (my son has yet to graduate to CBBC, except for ‘the Deadly 60′). Dirt Girl World is in fact my least favourite […]

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Its Back Again

Well I got it wrong in my last post. We have over an inch of snow today. The garden looks lovely with a fantastic frozen washing line. One of my best Christmas presents, a ladybird house, although not being used yet, also looks great. Has anyone got any ideas where would be the best place […]

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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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