What Can I Do To My Garden Today To Make It More Appealing When Summer Arrives?

Every garden should serve a purpose to the person or family who own it. If you’re not getting as much as you want to out of your garden, it makes sense to start thinking about changes that will serve you well when the summer garden season comes around in a few months time. Many people ask me where to start, we’ll start with what you have! There are so many changes that offer hope for your garden, so no matter how lacklustre it is right now, you can change all that.
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Mother’s Day gifts from our children.

I have been teaching for 20 years and every year I help children make cards or simple gifts for their mums for Mother’s Day. During this time, I have talked to children about why they love their mummy. What is it that makes their mummy special for them? I thought I’d share some of the things that they have told me. By sharing these, I hope that all mums out there will feel special this Mother’s Day. It’s the small things we do for our children that they love, cherish and remember the most. Interestingly, the answers the children have given over the years haven’t really changed.
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Tropical Plants You Can Grow in England.

A lot of people think that, when they’re gardening in the UK, they must stick to the kind of plants and flowers that you would naturally find here, or in other countries with similar climates, but it is actually very possible to grow beautiful tropical plants in England and the rest of the UK, even with our colder climate.
If you want to create an exotic garden that looks more like a scene from the Caribbean or Southeast Asia than Cumbria or Southampton, check out these essentials:
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Urban Garden Ideas For City Living.

The countryside isn’t for everyone. Here at The Old House in the Shires, we love the wide open spaces and the weird and wonderful smells that waft from the nearby fields. Of course, if you are a big city type, you may prefer the hustle and bustle of people and the constant buzz of the hub. Both have their pros and cons and it’s down to personal choice which lifestyle you pick. One thing that you may miss or envy is a garden or having your own outside space. There aren’t many better ways to relax or brighten up space than with plants.
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How to Create a Relaxing Atmosphere at Home.

The home is a place where you want to kick back and relax  and forget about all the stresses of the world. But everybody knows that it is never that easy to simply find peace and quiet in your home. There are chores to do, tidying, cleaning, cooking, upkeep, and everything in between!
But there are still solutions that you can explore to find the perfect relaxing atmosphere within the home. It’s important; our homes are our sanctuaries after all. There are many ways to create just a little bit more ambience of calm. Consider seeking these solutions to make you fall in love with your home’s atmosphere all over again.
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The Old House Bedroom

It’s taken us a while to do any work inside the Old House as we’ve waiting for planning permission to make some changes. However, the rooms I wanted to be decorated and finished were our bedrooms. The children’s bedrooms are clean and functional but at the moment, lack in storage so when we were thinking about extensions and renovations, we knew we needed to include more storage. Until that work starts, we have made do with what we have and I have painted some of the wardrobes to keep them fresh.
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