Garden makeover | With Wyevale Garden Centre…

Hasn’t the weather been glorious?!  My little urban courtyard garden has been a sunny oasis of calm for me just lately.  I’ve spent many an hour sitting out there, working.  Our space is tiny.  With enough room for a few pots, the washing line and a small round table and a couple of chairs.  That’s it.  Not much room for a space dedicated for lounging.  I needed a place to read, to sit and listen the city outside the walls of

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Seasonal Rituals | foraging for wild garlic…

Well it’s April, and that must mean it’s wild garlic season.  Time to get out there and gather the ingredients for your supper.  We always head to our favourite place, a small wooded valley just outside of Bristol. The wooded valley has a bubbling stream running through it, with one side a pine forest plantation and the other native trees with a carpet of wild garlic, bluebells and wood anenomies. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of

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Books | Garden Style by Selina Lake…

I can’t wait for Spring.  I’m dying to get out there and potter in my small courtyard.  At the moment I have pots with green tulip shoots popping up through the soil and unrecognisable shoots of plants that I’ve forgotten I’ve owned. What are they?  Time will tell once they fully emerge. Spring is the perfect time to get outside and start planning and playing with your outside space.  And if you are in need of some inspiration, then look

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Scenes from Sunday // Bristol Botanic Gardens in early September…

This weekend was spent dodging the rain and keeping it slow and steady.  With the first week of term, and the back to school alarm clock, we want this first weekend of September to be really slow paced. After the morning at home, we ventured out to the botanical garden for a wander around the tropical glasshouses.  A favourite of mine, but when I mentioned it to the kids that we should visit, they did half moan!  ‘Oh god, that’s

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Simple Gardens // For the love of rattan chairs…

This summer I am all over rattan chairs for the garden.  Especially these, above – looks gorgeous doesn’t it?  I found this image via Pinterest and immediately fell in love, this could be my own garden, right?. I actually have a rattan / wicker cane chair (whatever they are called) from my childhood, it was given to me by my parents in the 80’s for one of my birthdays… I still have it, but I am reluctant to leave it out

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Simple Gardening // The RHS Malvern Spring Show…

I’m green fingered through and through. Loving plants of all manner, from spiky cacti to blousey roses to rows of cabbages.  All plants bring out a nurturing passion in me, a yearn to make a beautiful green oasis even in my small back garden. I get my passion for gardening from my mum, and her from my nan, and her from Elsie, my great grandmother.  It’s an inherited green gene, well I like to think of it like that anyway.

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Book Review // Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Living

The Gardenista website is one of my favourite reads, ‘a sourcebook for cultivated living’, it has everything that a garden/plant obsessed person needs.   So when I was asked if I wanted to review a copy of their book ‘Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Living’ I leapt at the chance. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the

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