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The first picnic of the year?

With temperatures looking good for the bank holiday weekend (the timing! the timing!), we think we might just be brave enough for the first picnic of the year. While hardier souls may have been eating outside for the last few months, we have been holed up inside, pining for sun like a forlorn lizard, and it’s not until now, that we feel ready to take the leap. And leap we do. We’re going ALL OUT for picnic chic. Here’s what’s on our picnic wishlist…. If you’re going all out, you’ll need a picnic basket and this one from Anorak is lovely. With cutlery, ceramic plates, wine glasses, napkins and a bottle opener, for four, it brings a touch of country chic to the proceedings. More of a duvet, than a standard old rug, this striped little Cox & Cox number (£150) is made for lazy day lounging. It might be a pain to lug around, but once you’ve set up camp, you won’t be moving for hours. Or try this gorgeous Hamptons-esq rug from The Garden House. Machine-washable and vinyl backed, it’s practical and pretty. If you have room in your hamper, you might want to include this French-style water…

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Spring (garden) shopping by Joanna Archer

The wonderful garden designer Joanna Archer turned our flowerless urban oasis into a little pice of the countryside in the city – and we love it (even though I am still very much the novice gardener…’Um, is this a weed or what?’). So when C and I met her and her little boy at Kew gardens (not, alas, for a stroll through the greenery, but for babyccinos and gingerbread men followed by frenetic play at Climbers and Creepers) – I pretty much twisted her arm into giving W&W the lowdown on giving your garden a spring makeover. “It’s a daily ritual now. Nipping outside and peering at the ground longing for SPRING to appear. If you’re an impatient gardener, like me, you might just want some instant ways to bring much needed cheer to your plot. Here are some ideas for your shopping list: 1. Spring flowering plants Ranunculus sp. [ABOVE] are joyful lollipops of colour, flowering from now to early Summer. Happy in full sun or part shade they look pretty in a pot or at the front of well drained border. I’m obsessed with pink as you will see but they are equally lovely in white, red, orange……