Green and Pleasant

Posts in this category focus on gardening and green space advice for those little and not so little green fingers! As a family we love our garden. It really is another room for us to use during the summer months – a play area, somewhere to sit and relax and somewhere to grow flowers and watch the bees. At the same time we know that maintaining a garden and keeping on top of all the jobs can be a time consuming business. Posts in this category are designed to help with simple and time-effective ideas and inspiration for using your garden or any indoor green space to it’s full potential, and also making creative and gorgeous spaces too!

The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook
The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook

Last month I had the pleasure of attending a special event to mark the official opening of The Mill Restaurant at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend. There were a few celebrations that evening, including a celebration of Millbrook’s 40thanniversary – but more on that in my next blog post! Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden Centre plant and…

Inexpensive Solar Garden and Patio Lighting Ideas
Inexpensive Solar Garden and Patio Lighting Ideas

With spring in full bloom (or should that be blossom?!) and the nights getting shorter, thoughts inevitably turn to sitting in the garden of an evening. From dusk until late evening, it’s easy to transform your garden or patio with the right lighting. Here are a few ideas which will help spark your imagination to plan that perfectly lit summer garden. As…

Town and Country Garden Style
Town and Country Garden Style

Spring has finally arrived (even if the weather still seems a little undecided on certain days!) and I’m on a mission to get ahead with our garden this year. We’ve already had a major tidy of certain areas, and our garden path, patio and flower beds are looking much neater and tidier. I’ve moved a few plants around and tidied…

Designs on Houseplants
Designs on Houseplants

I must admit that when it comes to being green fingered, I’m not always that lucky! I have much more success in my garden than I do inside my home! Having said that, I love houseplants! They are having a real revival at present and there are many super stylish ways to show them off! For today’s blog post I…

Stacks of Flavour
Stacks of Flavour

As many of you will know, I’m a little obsessed with gardening! Although I have a relatively small garden, I love filling it with flowering plants in an attempt to make my own cut-flower garden. The added benefit is I now enjoy the fruits of my labour with lots of beautiful flowers for my photography and styling.   Like many families,…

Bee Friendly Gardens
Bee Friendly Gardens

In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically. Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects who pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. These are the opening words on the Bee Conservation website, and they are sobering words indeed. We are all aware of…

Plantabox Crates
Plantabox Crates

Spring is well and truly here, and I just love it! The days are getting longer, the evenings are lighter and my garden has come alive with new growth and flowers… Everything seems vibrant, colourful and fresh – and its really made me want to spend as much time as possible in the garden! I recently received two medium personalised…

Grow Your Own Cottage Garden
Grow Your Own Cottage Garden

During these wet and windy grey January days it’s lovely to think ahead to spring and summer, and to all the lovely flowers which will be appearing in our gardens, parks and open spaces soon. I was recently given a super lovely gift by my husband, a Kew Royal Botanic Gardens ‘Grow Your Own Cottage Garden’ box. Grow Your Own…

Spectacular Seedbom Flower Fun!
Spectacular Seedbom Flower Fun!

As I mentioned previously, we have some major building work scheduled for this summer, and I’m determined we get to sit, relax and enjoy the fruits of our labours! I do love gardening (when I get the time!) and visits to garden centres, country parks and time spent in our own garden has meant both my children are quickly acquiring an interest in growing…