Travel // Jersey Botanical Gardens…

During my trip to Jersey, we had a few hours each morning to explore the island on our own.  Looking through all the information given to me by Visit Jersey, I was immediately drawn to the botanical gardens.  You know me, I love a garden.  So I headed to the East of the island to Samares Manor Botanical Gardens.

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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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Travel // The National Botanic Gardens of Wales…

Travelling West to Carmarthenshire and beyond, you might have busily whizzed past this gem.  The National Botanic Garden of Wales is situated not far off of the end of the M4, blink and you will miss the sign post – but do look out for it, as a trip there is so worth your while. We visited on a Sunday morning, after our trip to The Big Cwtch festival the day before.  The September sun was glorious, making the garden

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Travel // Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Bruton, Somerset…

Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset is one of my all time favourite places.  Yes, the gallery and it’s resident artists are cool, thought provoking and inspiring, but I tend to dash through all of that, itching to get outside into the garden. The garden, well, if you love gardens and plants as much as I do, then you will find it heavenly.  Designed by Piet Oudolf, the internationally-renowned landscape designer from the Netherlands. Swathes of ‘prairie style’ planting engulf

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City Guide // Bristol Botanical Gardens, greenhouses…

When we go away on holiday, a weekend break or more, we try to get out everyday and visit a garden or park nearby.  Seeing something of beauty or of culture to balance out all of the eating and beach side lounging.  But when we are home, in Bristol, we often to forget to visit the beautiful gardens on our doorstep.  This is something I want to change, starting with a visit to the Bristol Botanical Gardens.

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Travel // Painswick Rococo Gardens…

In an attempt to stop doing DIY every weekend, a few weeks back we visited the Painswick Rococo Gardens in Gloucestershire.  I heard about it before from friends, and always wanted to visit, now was the right time – forget the rain! Painswick House was built in the mid 1730s. Its owner, the asthma suffering, Charles Hyett came to Painswick to escape the smog of Gloucester and named his new house ‘Buenos Ayres’. Sadly this move was not enough and

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Simple gardening // urban jungle in Antwerp…

I’ve been recently looking for inspiration for my yard makeover with B&Q, I came across this incredible space.  A true urban oasis right in the middle of Antwerp.  I actually sighed when I saw it, so green, so individual and so so cool. Living in Bristol, I am surrounded by houses, streets of terraced Victorian buildings, lined up row after row.  Most of which have limited outside space, and those that do are just a bare concrete yard, with little plant life

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Bayntun Flowers – English grown blooms…

A few weeks ago I was invited to spend a morning at the home of Polly Nicholson of Bayntun Flowers.  I had met Polly a few months earlier at Silvana’s lovely shop, The Foodie Bugle in Bath, after she gave a hand tied bouquet demonstration.  Polly shared with us her love of homegrown British flowers, and showed us how to tie a bouquet using a variety of ‘ingredients’ – hedgerow leaves, grasses and herbs to give the flowers structure and

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