Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Succulent Container Gardens

Some Spring time planting inspiration from the LA Times, like the idea of planting up a dis-used / damaged bird bath.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Enamel kettle & pot planters - Inspirational Recyclying

Great idea for all that rusty enamel wear, plant it and hang it from the wall!

Image via Eline Pellinkhof

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Recycled Treehouse - inspirational recycling

Found this brilliant treehouse made form recycled timber over at Essential Curiosities who in turn found it via Tumbr, sadly neither of us know anything about it. But isn't it great?

Bird Box Window Box

Love the idea of this bird box window box combination, one could say it kills two birds with one stone but maybe that isn't such an appropriate saying here. Anyway it's available to purchase from The Balcony Gardener in taupe or white for £95.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Recycled Pallet Shelves

Amazing what can be done with an old pallet isn't it?
At least I think they are made from a sawn off pallet to make a very simple set of hanging shelves, though I'm thinking that a bottom must have been put in each one so that does require a little woodworking skill.

Image via Tumbr

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Beautiful succulent hanging basket

Love the planting of this hanging basket, I have a string of pearls plant myself but of course it would never survive our British winters outside. You've probably guessed by now that I seem to have a thing about succulents.

Image via tumbr

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Hanging Tin Can Planters - inspirational recyclying

Another brilliant recyclying idea for a hanging garden this time using tin cans found at Happy Sleepy's Flickr
Instructions in the photostream

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Recycled bottle bird feeder - Inspirational Recyclying you can do yourself

This recycled bottle bird feeder looks quite stylish don't you think?

Instructions at Shelterness

Friday, 8 April 2011

Platic Pop Bottle Cloches - Inspirational Recycling

I suppose we all know that plastic 2 litre pop bottles can be used as mini cloches but rarely have I seen them looking so good as in this photograph. Maybe it's the sheer mass of bottles standing in a row, maybe it's the photographers eye for a good shot.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Recycled Shoe Tidy Planter - Inspirational Recycling


I think something like this would make a great herb garden hanging close to the kitchen door. Actually you could just pop those pots of culinary herbs from the supermarket into one of these if you aren't inclined to grow your own.

Found via vt wonen.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Recycled Pallet Shelving - Inspirational Recycling

Whoever would have thought that pallet shelving could be this simple or this smart, great idea for an outdoor summer event.

Found via Green for Less

Sunday, 20 March 2011

How to make a simple succulent arrangement - tutorial from Porrige

Porrige has a lovely tutorial for making a floral arrangement using succulents from the garden

"everything for my bouquet was found in my front yard. now before you think that i have this awesome garden on my doorstep, i don't. to give you some perspective nathan has said that our yard is like the secret garden---before they fixed it up"

Go take a look and be inspired. Porrige

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Planting Spring Bulbs in Cake Tins - Inspirational Recyclying

Don't those spring bulbs look great in the springform cake tin?

I just wonder if I'd rather have chocolate cake....

Wednesday, 2 March 2011



I believe nothing – what need

Surrounded as I am with marvels of what is,

This familiar room, books, shabby carpet on the floor,

Autumn yellow jasmine, chrysanthemums, my mother’s flower,

Earth-scent of memories, daily miracles,

Yet media-people ask, “Is there a God?”

What does the word mean

To the fish in his ocean, birds

In his skies, and stars?

I only know that when I turn in sleep

Into the invisible, it seems

I am upheld by love, and what seems is

Inexplicable here and now of joy and sorrow,

This inexhaustible, untidy world -

I would not have it otherwise.

by Kathleen Raine

Friday, 18 February 2011


Today was the perfect day for a walk through the snowdrops,

the sun was shining and the sky was blue and new life was erupting everywhere.