Setting Up a Garden Cafe

Meeting outdoors is still  going to be the norm for quite a while as we slowly emerge from Lockdown. If all goes according to plan we will be able to meet up with one other household or up to 6 people outdoors from the 29th March but will still be weeks away from being able to meet up indoors.  We have all missed social gatherings with friends and family and want to make the most of getting together as soon as we can so how about turning your garden into an outdoor ‘meet up’ venue.  It doesn’t take much effort …

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Garden Wall Art – An Easy Garden Feature

Garden Wall Art is something that has been around for longer than we think but it has really come into its own now we are all spending a lot more time at home and in our gardens – when the weather permits. During the winter months, unless you have planned and planted otherwise, the garden can be a little bare and uninteresting.  Using garden wall art can solve that and give new areas of focus to your garden – and it doesn’t have to go on a wall!  Any vertical surface will do to display your choice, fence, wall, shed, …

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Creating Your Outdoor Space

Creating your outdoor living space is something that requires thought and planning if you want it to work properly for you and your family.  Most of it is common sense with a little out of the box thinking applied. Whilst just letting it happen has it’s attractions and advantages, you will probably get more out of it if you do a small amount of thinking and planning ahead. We have put together a short checklist of the most important things to consider to make sure you can get the most of extending your living space into your garden. 1 – …

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BBQ Sauce

Best BBQ Sauce Ever

A good BBQ Sauce is the make or break for any BBQ and recipes are closely guarded secrets.  BBQ season is in full swing now so given times are difficult we are going to do the neighbourly thing and share the recipe for our Best BBQ Sauce Ever.   This is ideal for a marinade, or as a sauce on the side, you can even use it in the oven to give your dishes a bit of extra sparkle, just remember to baste often. It freezes well so you can make a big batch and have it to hand when you …

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Planters – Make Yours Stand Out

Planters are the jewels that can make your garden sparkle.  You can move them around, highlight special spots or make a feature of them – and so much more.  Spending a little time and thought on them can bring your garden alive all year round without too much effort. Planning Your Planter Whilst planters can be moved around the garden it is wise to have some idea where it is going to be positioned in the main so you can choose plants and a container that will fit the conditions – shade loving plants in full sun are not going …

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Making The Most Of Your Garden

Making the most of your garden whilst we are living under such strange conditions is incredibly important for your wellbeing, both mental and physical.  We have all been told by the Government that we can take one period of outdoor exercise for general wellbeing be it Running, Walking or Cycling, the choice is yours.  But is that enough? There is no doubt about the benefits of spending time outdoors, so if you are lucky enough to have a private space, this is the time to make use of it. What are the best things to do?  Spring is definitely here …

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Blue Christmas decorations

Christmas Decorating

Every year as Christmas rolls around there are new trends in decorating your home to make it ready for the celebrations.  Every family has its own traditions which should always take pride of place and sit at the heart of your theme but it is fun to ring the changes and see what the trends are. The traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold will always be there – and they are easy to match up as old favourites need replacing, and this year is no different.  What is evident this year is a real return to more natural …

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Pumpkin Soup Bringing the Outdoors in

Pumpkin Soup – Bringing The Outdoors In

Autumn is the time when we are still hanging on to the outdoor pleasures of summer – but it’s just a little chilly, so we want to bring the outdoors in.  One of the joys of autumn is the rich harvests, especially squashes and what better way to combat the chill and cheer ourselves up than a lovely rich spicy Pumpkin Soup.  This is a lovely recipe for Halloween and Bonfire Night, it freezes well and is always delicious, especially with a hunk of crusty bread.  If you want it extra spicy you can always leave the Chili seeds in. …

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Puppy Proofing Your Garden

Puppy proofing your garden is vital when you have a new addition to the family – especially when that addition is an eight week old Labrador puppy named Harvey. We thought we would share a few guidelines that will make your #OutdoorLiving space fun for you and your new addition. Puppy proofing is mostly common sense but you should also try and think like a puppy to see what you might miss.  Some experts suggest getting down on all fours and moving around your home and garden, pretending you are a lively puppy to see what might grab your attention …

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Fire Pit

Garden Lighting – Lengthen Your Day

Garden Lighting is the single best way to extend the time you can spend relaxing outdoors.  During the working week most of us only get to spend time outdoors in the evenings and if all that is there is a dark space there is little pleasure in it.  A few well placed, well chosen lights can make all the difference. Most garden designers spend a lot of time lighting a garden, both to make the best use of natural light and to extend its use into the evenings. Matthew Wilson summed it up beautifully “Without lighting, a garden is just …

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