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FREE Wildflower seeds from Grow Wild (& WIN a DSLR camera)

The lovely folks at Grow Wild UK are again giving away thousands of FREE wildflower seed kits to the people of the UK.

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There’s no catch (this campaign is funded by BIG Lottery Fund) and it just takes a minute to register and you will be sent wildflower seeds native to your country that will attract bees, butterflies and insects and of course be beautiful too.

More information & claim your seeds here

Go get yours now!

#grewitmyselfie – You can also win a digital SLR camera by posting a pic of you and your plants on social media – more info here (awesome hashtag!)

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Pots and Pots of, erm, well, Pots!

We’ve recently started heading down to the auction in Peebles, it’s great fun and there are some real bargains to be found. Previously we’ve come back with things for the house but this time around we went totally garden potty!
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 8 beautiful big blue pots, some with plants already in them (Lavender & Rhododendrons and something as yet unidentifiable) for £82 – considering we paid £100 in Dobbies the previous weekend for just 3 big planters (and they were all on sale) that’s an absolute steal! I was loving it when two folk were jealously watching us load the car – turns out they’d popped out for a coffee and missed the lots so apart from some online bids, we had no competition.
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We also managed to snaffle a Victorian foot bath and a vintage watering can – both of these are also destined to become planters!
 I finally found a really unusual plant worthy of putting in the lovely Kew Gardens pot that The Orchard sent me, a succulent called Sedum Cristatum, I think it looks like a brain and it’s hard not to touch it.
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Next week I’m heading off to the Penicuik Bonsai Society’s monthly meet to see if they can help me re-pot the Bonsai we bought at Gardening Scotland last year – it was supposed to be done in March but hopefully it won’t be too late.

Crops in Pots – Book Review

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 13.58.39I was sent a review copy of Crops In Pots – 50 cool containers planted with fruit, vegetables and herbs by Bob Purnell which is being published this month. It sounded right up my street as I’m currently planning my veggies for this year and it didn’t disappoint.

I’d never thought of combining edibles with flowers to create something visually beautiful as well as practical – there are some cracking ideas in here.  Continue reading Crops in Pots – Book Review

Honesty Box – had fun with this!

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Now all the girls are laying we seem to quickly build up a surplus of eggs, even with just the three of them, so we’ve been and set ourselves up an honesty box to sit out in the front garden.

Hopefully, between neighbours and hillwalkers, we’ll get some passing trade. Who knows, I may even start adding jams and other homemade goodies to it as well in due course.  Continue reading Honesty Box – had fun with this!

GardenTags – a great Gardening App (review)

I have a few gardening apps that I use intermittently, mainly to identify plants but I’ve now found one that is becoming quite addictive – GardenTags

It’s the first one I’ve come across that is really useful, multi-purpose and community-based – I’ve met some super-friendly and helpful people within just 24 hours of joining.

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Key Features:

  • Keep a photographic record of your plant collection and garden in one place
  • Tag your plants and take care of them using the community generated plant encyclopedia and plant care task list
  • Get planting inspiration and advice from fellow gardeners & let them help you identify unknown plants in your garden

Continue reading GardenTags – a great Gardening App (review)

Snow over it!

There are signs of Spring everywhere now but we’re still getting snow and sub-zero temperatures – really quite desperate to start getting those fingers grubby again – there’s certainly an awful lot to do in the garden, it’s a fright!

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We’ve been lucky enough to receive some wonderful new garden goodies this week – the lovely people at Festive Lights sent us a solar lantern and some solar lights to try out and the equally lovely people at The Orchard (I LOVE their stuff) sent us a beautiful Kew Gardens Plant Pot to ‘dress’.  Continue reading Snow over it!

Charlie Dimmock launching exclusive range of gardening products in Poundland

Well this is certainly something to be looking out for, celebrity gardener, Charlie Dimmock is launching a range of exclusive gardening products at Poundland on the 29th February, and yes, these items will all be retailing at £1.

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The range of both practical and decorative items consists of over 130 lines and expected best sellers include:  4 assorted hand tools, hanging bird feeder, heavy duty gloves, pressure sprayer, cast iron key hook, a wooden sign and a mosaic post solar light. Continue reading Charlie Dimmock launching exclusive range of gardening products in Poundland

We love our garden so much we just got married in it!

You may have notice a wee break in posts recently and there’s a very good reason for it – we got ourselves hitched.

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In Scotland you’re allowed to get married anywhere and as we love our little house in the country, especially the garden, we couldn’t think of anywhere better to tie the knot.

The chickens, dog and cats were all present! (and yes, I did get married in my pyjamas).

Honey on-tap straight from the hive – this is amazing!

A friend recently sent me a link to an article about the Flow Hive and all I can say is ‘WOW’ and when can I get my hands on one?!

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I would love to keep bees however am a little wary, not least due to the fact I ended up in hospital after having a reaction to a wasp sting, albeit a good few years ago now.

This no-fuss hive pretty much looks after itself and to harvest the honey you literally do just turn on the tap.

Continue reading Honey on-tap straight from the hive – this is amazing!

Top 10 UK Gardening Blogs

I was more than a little surprised, but also dead chuffed, to receive an email yesterday saying that A Pentland Garden Diary has been listed as one of the UK’s top gardening blogs – coming in at number 7.

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I have no idea how my little garden diary has been picked up but it was a lovely surprise. I now need to go and check out all the other interesting looking ones on the list.