Boxing hares

Boxing hares

People clearly feel a deep connection with hares judging by the reaction to our Celtic hares and simple hare garden stakes. So we've decided to go one better with boxing hares. You see many static versions of these in wood and metal but we wanted something that would...

Let’s go fly a kite (not)

Let’s go fly a kite (not)

Melplash Show proved again what a great day out it is. There is just so much to do and see; it would be easy to lose yourself there. For our second year we were in the Countryside field where the arena saw terrier racing, horse displays, ferret racing and falconry....

Lucky number three

Lucky number three

Chagford was a beautiful setting for a show, although as our landlady at the B&B where we stayed said "We have our own washing machine of a climate up here". We took the opportunity to visit Castle Drogo and Fingle Bridge the day before the show so were set up,...

Rosette at mid-Devon Show

Rosette at mid-Devon Show

Winning the third place rosette for a trade stall was the icing on the cake for our first visit to the mid-Devon Show. The weather was lovely and thankfully not too hot in the mid-Devon Craft Guild marquee where we were located. The footfall was just right and after a...

New twist on Victorian idea

New twist on Victorian idea

The Victorians were fond of displaying their treasured items and that included their garden plants. Auricula theatres were black lined boxes designed to show off these exquisite plants. In a funky updating of the auricula theatre, our adventurous client Penny...

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

I decided to enter 10 classes at the Uplyme & Lyme Regis 90th Horticultural Show - the first time I've ever entered a formal show. On the morning this added somewhat to the work of setting up for the day.  After an early tour of the garden and a rough arrangement...

Excellent Exeter

Excellent Exeter

The Exeter Craft Festival was amazing. Glorious weather, plenty of visitors, interesting enquiries, wonderful entertainment. It was a super family day on Saturday with kids running around, everyone enjoying the sunshine and some great entertainment from the likes of...

Brilliant Buckland Abbey

June 1st saw Buckland Abbey's Garden Fayre, which followed the success of the Millennial Gardens celebration last year. And what a fantastic day it was. More stallholders than last year and with some changes to keep things interesting for visitors, who came in droves....

Plant supports at Abbotsbury

Plant supports at Abbotsbury

How pleased we were recently when visiting Abbotsbury Gardens to see the magnolias and rhododendrons, to come across some of our plant supports all laid out and in position ready for the new season's growth of herbaceous perennials such as Phlox and Crocosmia...

Not afraid of Storm Freya

Gosh, gardeners are an intrepid lot. The Forde Abbey spring fair was overshadowed (literally) by the coming of Storm Freya but that didn't deter them one bit. There was a really good turn out - from as far afield as Norfolk, Kent, Brighton and Birmingham. Proof of the...