We explore how taking time to 'be' can improve our mental and physical health.
It's that time of year when we are feeling the exciting urge to head to the local garden centre and purchase some new plants and masses of seeds. Or is it just me?! Spring flowers are making us smile, nature is looking increasingly vibrant and the sun is beginning to make fragrant blossoms really smell … Continue reading Sensory Garden Design – my approach
Do you love watching how nature and gardens transform throughout the seasons? The colour changes? The different tones, scents, colours and textures that arrive at different times of year?Each month in 2021, I would love to spread a bit of garden joy and will share how the therapy gardens and towpath garden are changing! New … Continue reading New Monthly Photo Wall and Calendar Competition!
When you step outside for your daily exercise or to do your essential shopping, how many spring bulb shoots can you see popping up through the soil? Slow down your pace and allow your eyes to look around. Daffodils? Snowdrops? All getting ready to bloom and show their beautiful flowers! These bulbs will have been … Continue reading New shoots
I thought I would share with you my absolute favourite gardening and nature books, plus a podcast I adore, in case you are looking for some inspiration. I have so many books, that I could include in this list, but I want to keep it simple for you. In no particular order, let's begin... No-Dig … Continue reading TOP GARDENING BOOKS AND PODCAST!
I said that there would be more gift ideas and giveaways before Christmas, and here is the next one that might take your fancy! Thank you so much to DK books who have very kindly agreed for me to offer you the chance of winning TWO great books. One for children and one or you, … Continue reading WIN GARDENING BOOKS!
I feel like I need to dedicate this piece to my dad, for he tried to get me in to mushroom foraging when I was about 12/13 years old but I was having none of it. He left it slightly too late; I had got all geeky about potatoes previously producing charts and all, but … Continue reading Fungi – A Plants Best Friend?
It's hard to sit and comprehend how much my life has changed during year 3 of Life at No.27. It's baffling for me personally, let alone trying to explain it to you or anyone else. In case you didn't know, on Saturday, 27th October, Life at No.27 turned 3 years old. Happy Birthday to me … Continue reading Happy 3rd Birthday!
What a muddle the weather has been this year so far! Now with reports of the coldest winter on the way (is it just me or do they pull a wishy-washy statement out like that every year?!), who know's whats ahead of us. The temperature dipped to 3 degrees and the first frosts arrived last … Continue reading Spuds, gluts and deliciousness!
What a crazy couple of weeks it has been, wowzers! I'm definitely not complaining don't worry, long may it continue! Just with more structure would be ideal...hence as I type this to you, I have been having a mini break away to put the millions of plans covering all aspects of my life, especially Life … Continue reading TLC Time!
With only a couple of days to go I am beyond delighted to announce in case you missed the memo, that I will be at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018. Living my dream - sharing my journey and expert advice on the Gardeners Unplugged stage every day. I will also be appearing on the Let's Talk … Continue reading BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018
I feel RHS Chelsea Flower Show is getting a lot of stick this year, and whilst I don't disagree with many of the comments, I think we do have to remember that behind each trade stand, show garden or plant stall is a person. A person full of heart for gardening and with a vision … Continue reading RHS Chelsea – Think, Appreciate & Enjoy!
As I mentioned last week, No.27 has really come to life in the last few weeks and I have been itching to tell you all about what's been happening - now I finally can. I think it's the crazy combination of rain and sun, which has meant that everything; seeds, weeds and all, have kicked … Continue reading No.27 is coming alive!
You will remember in my recent blog post about the Garden Press Event, I highlighted an amazing social enterprise called Hackney Herbal - who promote wellbeing by connecting people with herbs and through creative activities. Well, last Mother's Day which now seems so long ago but wasn't really - I went to visit Nat, the … Continue reading Hackney Herbal
Well the sun finally arrived for a day - on a Saturday with no plans too! Whoop Whoop! It may of only been one day of delight in amongst showers a plenty right now, but I was sure to make the most of it and get up to my happy place - my Eden and … Continue reading Come rain or shine…it’s Allotment Time!