Six on Saturday: It’s all about a little touch of sunshine!

Hello everyone and I’m a little late with my Six on Saturday but we have been ultra busy today. We have visited RHS Cardiff this morning, had lunch at Tredegar House on our way home, had a quick look at the house and gardens and then home for some gardening in this glorious sunshine! It’s been 17 degrees this afternoon in Wiltshire so we felt energised to get in the garden for the last few hours of the afternoon.

If you are unfamiliar with the meme, Six on Saturday, take a look at The Propagator Blog for the participant guide.

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Six on Saturday: Spring is here!

Here are my Six on Saturday and finally, Spring is here! We have enjoyed some Spring sunshine this week after such a cold spell. The garden is waking quickly now and you can see the growth each day. I have been busy weeding, mulching and sowing seeds this week. It’s been a busy time as we have also finished the wildlife pond.

If you would like to join in with this weekly meme started over at The Propagator, take a look here.

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7 Ways To Help Your Teenager Manage Exam Stress

The stress of formal exams is a tricky one to negotiate for both teenagers and their parents: The stress of doing well, the stress of what will happen afterwards and the stress of what to do with their lives in the future can all take its toll. I actually think our teenagers have many stresses  that they have to deal with and it seems to be much more than I remember as a teenager growing up in the 1980’s.

I know a little about exam stress as one of my children has A’Levels this summer whilst the other has GCSE’s! Obviously, with a two year gap between my children, I knew this day would come but it seems to have rushed towards us since September!  I worry about them as any parent would and want to help them as much as possible so, here are my top tips for managingexam stress at this time in their lives.

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I’m proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener.

I didn’t know that I had missed my time in the garden so much until this weekend. Was it the return of Monty in Gardeners World? Was it the fact that we finally managed to get a spade in the ground after all the freezing weather? Was it the appearance of the early Spring flowers?

No. I realised that I had been missing my mindful moments for I am proud to call myself a Mindful Gardener!

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#MyGloriousGardens Linky Returns! Link your blog post or photo and a chance to win prizes!

Hello fellow gardeners, garden lovers and bloggers who just love the outdoors! If you also would like to take part in my give away or link up a fabulous post, keep reading! #MyGloriousGardens Linky has returned!

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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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6 Must Do Jobs For The Spring Garden

Aside from being a great hobby, gardening teaches you a lot of things like patience, discipline, and responsibility. After all, you need to be committed to working in your garden all throughout the year. But don’t worry because it shouldn’t take too much of your time provided that you plan accordingly.
Besides, all your effort and hard work will have been worth it once you see the fruits of your labour. As a gardener, you need to understand that what you do in your garden this season will significantly affect what your garden will look like in the next.
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Putting Your Gardening Skills to Profitable Use.

A lot of people nowadays like to devote their time to gardening. If you don’t work outside, it’s a great use of your time, as it gets you outside to soak up the sun, and you learn a lot of new, practical skills in the process. It can also be quite a therapeutic hobby, and it can bring in a lot of food when you do it properly! Because of all this, it’s also an amazing business venture to go down, if you think you have the ability to craft a whole corporate persona out of it! Here’s some helpful tips for setting up a gardening business in your spare time, and how the online world can make even more out of it.
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Spring into Action: Plan Your Dream Garden

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Though we are currently still in the icy grips of winter, there is no reason why you can’t start looking forward to the warmer weather and planning your dream garden. After all, you want to make sure that your garden is ready to be enjoyed as soon as you can start getting outside again on a more regular basis. You may be thinking about planting some colourful flowers or growing your own vegetable garden. Whatever the case, we will be giving you a few tips here which you can start to put into action. When it comes to gardening, everything really is all about the timing.
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6 on Saturday: A review of 2017 in the old house garden.

I was reading the usual 6 on Saturday posts which I love and Thomas posted about his 6 favourite garden successes of 2017. I thought I would join in too! The weather here in Wiltshire is very stormy with high winds and lashing rain so plans to start digging out the new pond will have to wait!
If you have not joined in with 6 on Saturday before you can find out more from its creator, The Propagator Blog.
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