How to Make A Christmas Wreath – An Easy DIY

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For the past 3 Christmases, each December I've made my own Christmas wreath. Every year I get lots of comments on Instagram from people saying they wish they knew how to make their own, so I thought I'd write up a little guide as it really is so easy! In past years I've used wire wreath rings and created a base using sphagnum moss and florist's wire, but this year I bought a foam oasis base and it really does make the whole job so much easier. Plus, the water in the foam will keep your foliage looking fresh for weeks to come.   What You'll Need Foam Oasis Base (I used these from Amazon*) Branches of spruce (either clip from Christmas tree or buy from ...

Getting Closer to Nature with the Boxwild Christmas Gift Set

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Max loves getting outside and learning about nature - a trip to feed the ducks is one of our favourite activities. He loves scattering the seed and watching the ducks all come flocking over - his face just lights up (although he does have a tendency to get overexcited and shout "duck!" at them!). I've been spending more and more time with him in the garden lately, learning about the different plants and wildlife that we can see. I like to keep our garden bird-friendly by not dead-heading some of the roses, and not cutting down grasses until late winter, but putting out bird seed is a great way to supplement the food that they can find in the garden, keeping ...

Exploring Cornwall’s Beautiful Gardens – Trebah Gardens

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Anyone who reads my blog knows that I absolutely love a big garden to explore. They're perfect places for us to enjoy as a family - I love getting outside and seeing all the beautiful flowers and drawing inspiration for our own garden, and Max loves to dart down every path, exploring. The unique climate in Cornwall means that there are so many beautiful gardens to explore, and with each trip we make we're ticking more off the list. Our favourite discovery of this trip was Trebah Gardens which I can't recommend enough if you're visiting Cornwall.   Trebah Gardens I'd been  recommended Trebah as a great place for families, and was drawn in by the exotic planting and the promise of the ...

A Visit to Loseley Park Gardens

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I'm always on the lookout for new gardens to explore and Loseley Park is one that's near to us, but I only discovered it for the first time last year. It was full of beautiful late summer planting and I love the small scale of it, but the fact that the way it was divided up into so many little garden rooms meant that there was lots to explore. We visited again this summer after a week of illness for Max. I've never seen him so wiped out - just lying on the sofa, sucking his thumb and having cuddles. He seemed a bit better, but I was conscious of not asking too much of him, so I thought the small ...

Wake Up and Smell the Roses: A Trip to Mottisfont in June

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We visited Mottisfont for  the first time in July last year and I thought it was one of the most beautiful gardens I'd visited. We were a bit past it for the rose season though, so I made a diary note to make sure we visited in peak rose season this year to see the roses in all their glory. It was the last day of my husband's paternity leave, so we decided to pull Max out of nursery and head down all together as it was such a lovely day. Apologies for a rather photo heavy post, but words really don't do it justice! Max insisted we all play hide and seek, which I always find quite a stressful experience - ...

Teach your child to tolerate delay… out in the garden… amongst the fairies!

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I'm really pleased to welcome Carly from In the Flower Shop I Saw for my guest post today. If you've not seen her Instagram account, please do check it out - if you're a floral fan it'll be right up your street! Carly is talking about ways to get your children outside and involved in the garden, and has some beautiful ideas....   As a child I remember playing outside...playing outside a LOT! As old as this makes me sound I can think back to the days where entertainment was created by simply looking for that lucky three leaf clover in the grass, picking daisies to make a simple, yet enchanting chain and dead-heading roses (sorry Mum!) to squish and squash and make a ...

Discovering a new local gem at Painshill Park

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I think so often we're guilty of not fully exploring the amazing places that lie on our doorstep, and this was definitely the case with me and Painshill Park until recently. It's probably our closest garden, and yet we'd never visited before, preferring to visit either RHS Wisley or Claremont Landscape Garden. Principally due to the cost, as I have both RHS and National Trust memberships, so both of those were 'free' visits, whereas Painshill requires an entry fee of £8 per adult (or the purchase of an annual membership). I was finally persuaded to make a visit as I was craving somewhere new and wanted to see what Painshill Park had to offer. Max and I headed there early one ...

A Spring Visit to Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden has long been on my list to visit. It's one of the UK's most famous gardens, designed and created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson and now a Grade I listed National Trust property. We made our first visit last summer, but sadly we weren't lucky with the weather and it rained quite heavily the whole time we were there. This year we decided on a revisit and we couldn't have been luckier with the weather!     The entrance takes you through into a courtyard with perfectly manicured lawns and in spring the scent of the hyacinths hits you straight away. Although it's named Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the only nod to the Castle is the Tower, which you can walk ...

The Best Gardens in Surrey

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We moved to Surrey nearly 4 years ago now, and one of the things I love most about it is the number of beautiful gardens it has. I must have visited so many now, but each garden has something unique to offer and I love that a visit at different times of year allows you to see a completely different side to a place. These are some of my favourite gardens in Surrey to visit.   RHS Wisley RHS Wisley is one of my favourite places to visit and I feel so lucky to have it on our doorstep. It's a huge space, with so many different areas to explore - a large glasshouse, rose gardens, orchards, a pinetum, as well as spectacular ...

A visit to Great Dixter in late summer

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Since my love for gardening has taken hold, there are certain gardens that I've wanted to visit for ages. These are gardens that you see featured all the time in magazines and books, and the photos always look spectacular. Great Dixter was the home of garden designer Christopher Lloyd, and it's characterised by a bold use of colour and really dense planting. It's been on my 'must visit' list for a long time, and despite being without my 'big' camera as it was being repaired (all photos in this post are from my phone!), I really wanted to see Great Dixter in late summer, before autumn set in and things started to go to seed.     I was stunned by the density of the ...