Garden makeover on a shoestring: part 2

Garden makeover on a shoestring part 2

A few months ago we started work smartening up our new garden and it’s time to show you our progress! Click for a quick reminder of how it looked before. After tidying up I wanted to start adding some plants as soon as possible to brighten up the borders. We’re lucky enough to have a… 

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Garden makeover on a shoestring: part 1

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The little garden was one of the most exciting things about moving to our new house – well, for me anyway. For the last 10 years I’ve lived in various flats… modern ones, old ones, big ones, small ones, but never ones with a garden. So, with secateurs in hand, a garden makeover is my… 

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Pottering in Portishead: Beach Hill allotments

Allotments on Beach Hill Portishead overlooking the Bristol Channel

I’ve been using the beautiful summer evenings we’ve been enjoying recently to get out and explore our new area. Working from home can send you a little bit stir crazy sometimes and it’s lovely to down tools and set out completely aimlessly to potter about and see what Portishead has to offer. Last night on… 

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DIY: concrete planters

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I have a little nugget of good news today – I’m soon moving house again and this time I’m going to have a garden! Maybe it’s the spring sunshine, but I’m getting super excited about this prospect. Until now, a few disasterous months of allotmenteering and three window boxes are the closest I’ve ever come… 

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One day in cider country…

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When I lived in London I used to subscribe to get a Riverford Organic veg box each week. I once told my parents about what a great idea it was, to which I got the reply “Why would we do that? We’ve got Tony!” If you follow Decorator’s Notebook on Instagram you’ll already have met… 

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Petal power at Hampton Court Palace

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I’ve been mentally compiling a bit of a London bucket list and the glorious bank holiday weekend seemed the perfect chance to tick off one of the most beautiful places – Hampton Court Palace. I booked a ticket that included both the Palace and the gardens but as it was such a lovely day I… 

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Decorator’s Notebook and the Mystery of the Marshmallow Tree

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So, there I am walking to the station the other day and admiring the blossom outside the church as per usual, when I notice something funny about this one particular tree… Can you see it? Now, this tree is white, but halfway up there’s one branch covered in pink blossom. And not only that, the… 

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15-minute make: twiggy plant markers

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Here’s a lemon squeezy little craft project for you to try out over the weekend. Spring is just around the corner so I’ll be adding a few green-fingered ideas over the coming months in celebration (anticipation). Twig Plant Markers Twigs about 20cm long and a little thicker than a pencil Sharp craft knife and cutting… 

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