A Family Visit to Kew Gardens in Summer

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After months of agonising, I finally took the plunge earlier this year and bought a membership for Kew Gardens. We live reasonably close, but given that I'm already an RHS and National Trust member, it seemed like it might be overkill. But 4 years of visiting the same gardens have left me craving somewhere new, and when the new Temperate House opened, it was the final push I needed to take the plunge. A single membership to Kew Gardens is great value for money if you have a young family, as you can bring in a guest with you for free, and children under 4 go free. So I bought my husband as my guest and we only had to pay ...

How To Have Fragrance In Your Garden All Summer Long

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Planning a fragrant garden is one of my key factors when choosing plants. I find smell such a evocative sense, and there is nothing like relaxing in the garden in the evening with a glass of wine, with the scent of flowers filling your nostrils and the sound of bees buzzing gently. Fragrance has the power to alter our emotions and bring back memories in a way that no other sense quite manages, and it's something that I'm very mindful of when choosing plants for our garden. Highly fragranced plants are the perfect choice to be planted near a seating area, where you'll get the most enjoyment from them and can really experience them at their best. Another great spot is ...

Spring Gardening Activities for Preschoolers

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This year Max has shown a real interest in what's happening in our garden and I'm really keen to make the most of that and develop his interest in gardening. I've planned out lots of things that we can do together in the garden this spring, bearing in mind that he's only just 4. But there are a surprising amount of things that a preschooler can help with in the garden...   Growing Potatoes in Bags We grew potatoes in growing bags a couple of years ago, and even then Max loved when we harvested them and we were able to pull out loads of potatoes. This year he's helped me to plant up 5 big growing bags of potatoes which we will ...

A Visit to the Snowdrops at Welford Park

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I love seeing the snowdrops start to peek through - their little white heads truly are the first sign of spring, and, after a long winter, they're always such a welcome sight. At the end of January, I found a diary note that I'd popped in the calendar from last year, reminding me to visit the snowdrops at Welford Park. Quite a few people had told me last year how spectacular their display was, and having missed out then, I was determined to make it this year. It wasn't quite as easy as that though! Welford Park isn't that near us, and the weather and illness seemed determined to prevent us from visiting. But last Saturday we finally made it.     If you've ...

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 ...