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Gifts for (would-be) gardeners

In keeping with the Chelsea spirit – and Alex’s earlier post – I bring you pick of garden-inspired gifts. I adore the print shop on the London Transport Museum website – there is a lot to covet. Prints cost from £9.95 unframed, but they also offer a framing service. These 1920 travel posters need to make their way into my home… I have a set of Morris print gardening tools – which make getting my hands dirty a far more aesthetically pleasing process. The V&A online shop has this natty Rose Yellow set. And I have to confess I love the watering can (Wild & Wolf, £34.95, Bloomsbury Store), too. So, I’m a sucker for a floral print. Just call me Granny.                 I spotted Orla Kiely’s flowerpots at Kew Gardens shop – and promptly bought one as a Mother’s Day gift. I quite fancy this grey one (of course I do – I all about 50 shades of grey – when it comes to interiors, obviously).               Striped Petal plant pot, £16.95, Big Summer Floral gardening gloves, £15, both Orla Kiely.…

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How to…design a small garden

I would love to have a big garden. Somewhere to lounge outside, surrounded by trees and flowers where the boys can play football and I can drink wine/tea/fizzy elderflower (oh yes, I’m a wild one) whilst basking in the sun. Unfortunately, this dream isn’t quite reality, just yet. But, no need to reach for the world’s smallest violin, I am lucky enough to have a small, urban garden which was transformed from basically a dodgy old side return and patch of patio into something really quite gorgeous by the lovely and very talented Dani Nash of Pollinate Garden Designs. Dani is basically your garden design dream come true. She knows her onions (or to be more accurate alliums), listens to exactly what you want as you explain it very badly and comes back with ideas that are really quite wonderful. An expert on gardens of any size, Dani is just the person to talk to if, like me, your garden is teeny-postage-stamp-tiny. If you have been inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show (on until Saturday), then here’s some tips on how to turn your little outside corner into a patch of heaven.…

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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……