Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).Read more
If you have grand designs for your garden this year, check out the striking work of award-winning Oxfordshire sculptor David Harber. I’ve got my eye on this bronze beauty – isn’t she pretty?Read more
No British garden is a thing of beauty in January (cue a deluge of photos from irate proud gardeners – go on, prove me wrong!), but a little bit of TLC now will pay you handsomely come spring and summer.
Jackie Hunt, who is head gardener at the award-winning Turn End Gardens in Haddenham, suggested these winter gardening tips if you feel like getting out into the outdoors and exercising without the need for lycra – though don’t let me stop you if you want to dig up you dahlia’s in your neon crop top.Read more
Whoo-hoo! Very super-duper-pooper excited to write about my new find because you’re going to love it. I went up to old Larn-din town last week to meet my lovely regional Muddy editors for lunch, but it’s pretty tough finding a venue to suit when one editor is coming from Norfolk, another from Sussex, and another again from Cornwall!
In the end I used my noddle and remembered that The Quince Tree (RIP Stonor, hello Henley!) also has a London cafe/restaurant in the beautiful Clifton Nurseries, in the lovely leafiness of Maida Vale.Read more
Whoo-hoo! I’m so excited to tell you about this because I know Cornwell Manor – I had a sneaky peaky around it last year (friend of a friend stuff) – and I’m not kidding, it’s one of the loveliest manor houses in the Cotswolds. It’s a total stonker.
Cornwell Manor is close to Chipping Norton in stunning rolling countryside, a 2000 acre estate with a Jacobean manor house (updated with a Georgian facade in the 18th century), a petite Norman church, lakes, wood, streams and gardens designed by Clough Williams-Ellis who created the brilliant Italianate gardens at Portmeirion in North Wales.Read more
I’m not the kind of gardener to tend the soil in freezing December, or do some magnificently forward-planning pruning. But when the daffs come out and the stilettos no longer sink into the grass like it’s quicksand, I tip toe out in the garden with my spade, hoe and rake, place them neatly in a row and then *cough*, have a nice long coffee and almond croissant in the sunshine. Oh come on, I can’t be the only one!Read more
The most ridiculous but brilliant invention ever, this ‘Gold Digger’ garden hose by is ‘for glamorous people with dirty nails’.Read more
While I was being Bridget Jones at Stoke Park hotel the other week (at least Bridget Jones before she went and changed her face forever – Renee, what have you done?!), I spent several deliriously happy hours in the Stoke Park spa.
There was just too much to write about Stoke Park generally to do the spa justice in my last post, so this missive is really to let spa-lovers have a sneaky peek into what’s on offer, because let me tell you, it’s gorrrrrrgeous.Read more
Richard Key has over 30 years in the landscape industry and is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers. He’s created medal-winning gardens at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Shows and is author of several books including ‘Family Garden’. He also happens to live locally which is handy for us on Muddy Stilettos! Here are his expert tips on how to tame your garden this month.
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Richard has over 30 years in the landscape industry and is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers. He has created medal-winning gardens at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Shows and is author of several books including Family Garden. – See more at: http://www.muddystilettos.co.uk/business-directory/14857/richard-key-landscape-design/#sthash.KKoekK4D.dpuf
Richard Key has over 30 years in the landscape industry and is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers. He’s created medal-winning gardens at both Chelsea and Hampton Court Shows and is author of several books including ‘Family Garden’.Read more
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