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"Beautiful Biennial Flowers" Seed set"Beautiful Biennial Flowers" Seed setOur price: £16.00Or just £9.00 for our members!ViewNow is the time to sow biennial seeds which will flower next year."Speedy Salad" Seed Set"Speedy Salad" Seed SetOur price: £14.00Or just £8.00 for our members!ViewThis set of seeds has everything you need to get up and sowing salad really quickly and get crops within a few weeks. It is the perfect time to plant.Bird Seed ShapesBird Seed ShapesOur price: £4.00Or just £2.20 for our members!ViewThe bird feed is pressed into decorative shapes, which can be hung anywhere in the garden thanks to the ribbon. The pressed birdseed contains natural ingredients only and serves as an addition to the naturally available food.
Children's Garden Tools SetChildren's Garden Tools SetOur price: £5.95Or just £3.50 for our members!ViewGarden fork, spade and trowel three piece tools setCopper Garden Twine MarkerCopper Garden Twine MarkerOur price: £14.00Or just £8.75 for our members!ViewI remember these row markers from my childhood - not pretty copper ones like this, but steel or aluminium, used to mark out the rows of vegetables in vegetable patches and allotments.Copper plant labels with refillsCopper plant labels with refillsOur price: £7.50Or just £4.90 for our members!ViewThese elegant plant labels have a copper strip which can be easily embossed with a ballpoint pen - making a permanent mark which can't wash off in the rain.
Copper plated fork and trowel setCopper plated fork and trowel setOur price: £24.00Or just £16.50 for our members!ViewI love the idea of using tools which will last for years and years, so when I buy hand tools I am looking for wooden handles, good quality metal, something that fits my hands comfortably.Gardener's Clean Up Gift SetGardener's Clean Up Gift SetOur price: £23.00Or just £13.50 for our members!ViewThis gift set has all the things needed to clean up and recover from a hard day in the garden - a wooden twin sided nail brush, scrub soap, lip rescue, and a muscle and joint creamGrow Your Own Jam Jar of FlowersGrow Your Own Jam Jar of FlowersOur price: £16.00Or just £9.61 for our members!ViewMy favourite kinds of flowers are simple ones, picked from the garden or from a verge, arranged without pretension in a jam jar and placed by a bedside or on a desk.
Nutscene Organic Hand CreamNutscene Organic Hand CreamOur price: £7.50Or just £5.70 for our members!ViewHand Cream for Gardeners with natural ingredients, soothing & replenishingPaper pot makerPaper pot makerOur price: £12.00Or just £6.60 for our members!ViewDitch plastic and make your own eco-friendly pots with these wooden pot makers.Robins CandleRobins CandleOur price: £25.00Or just £9.90 for our members!ViewThese cheeky Christmas Robins, printed from an original drawing by Jane Lindsey, complete with a copper lid and filled with a high quality soy candle, full of essential oils would be a perfect gift.
Secateurs gift setSecateurs gift setOur price: £40.00Or just £22.50 for our members!View This Gardener's gift box is entered around a fine pair of leather handled secateurs - really good for cold weather gardening as they don't get as bone chillingly cold as either plain metal or vinyl coated handles.Seed packets downloadSeed packets downloadOur price: £2.50Or just £0.00 for our members!ViewDownloadable seed packets - which can be printed out onto A4 paper, cut out and glued together to store all your seeds in.Snowdrops CandleSnowdrops CandleOur price: £25.00Or just £9.90 for our members!ViewOur stunning Snowdrops candle, printed from an original drawing by Jane Lindsey, complete with a copper lid and filled with a high quality soy candle, full of essential oils.
Telescopic BBQ ForkTelescopic BBQ ForkOur price: £8.00Or just £5.75 for our members!ViewHave a good time around the fireplace and enjoy a tasty treat. Put the meat on the fork of this extendable BBQ tool. Extendable from 19 cm to 80 cm making this fork perfect for an open fire while creating a safe distance between you and the flames. It's also the perfect tool to take on camping trips. Twine in tinTwine in tinOur price: £7.00Or just £4.20 for our members!View I love these tins of natural twine - from the Scottish company Nutscene - because they stop everything getting tangled up when you are trying to tie up plants.
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I took my spring flowers out of the press to make way for summer ones.⁠⠀
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I intend to make ones for each season if I can and then frame them as a set - sweet peas and nasturtiums went in yesterday.⁠⠀
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To press flowers all you need is strong boards and absorbent paper - though you can use paper interleaved in heavy books the result is better if you are pressing down evenly rather than like a hinge. ⁠⠀
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I would therefore use the books either side of the paper, chopping boards work well (if you have any you aren't using).⁠⠀
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You can even put the sheets of paper with their interleaved flowers under a heavy rug. ⠀
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Celebrating the seasons. ⠀
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The garden and meadow are full of circles at the moment - beautiful flowering heads of teasels and globe thistles. ⁠⠀
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They are covered in bees which go round and round visiting each tiny flower, working steadily, following the rows.⁠⠀
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I love this season - the sun a little lower, the evenings a little warmer, the long shadows and sweet hum of the insects. ⁠⠀
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Poised before harvest. ⁠⠀
It is tansy time again.⁠⠀
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For me the wonderful thing about seasons is that they go round and around.  They may move onto something new but I always know that they will come around again.⁠⠀
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A lot of what I have been working on for the past few years is learning how to settle myself exactly where I am, in the place where I am, in the season I am in. ⁠⠀
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To resist looking backwards or hurrying forward - to just be where I am.⁠⠀
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And where I am at the moment is in tansy time.  It marks a year since I began experimenting with using natural dyes.  A time of bright yellow alpaca socks and bags and yarn.
Hattie's pincushion.⁠⠀
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I love the common names of plants. ⠀
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Astrantia grows so happily in amongst the grasses of the Studio Meadow - it has been flowering since May and seems full of intentions to carry on.⁠⠀
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It is probably not surprising really as it grows wild in the sloping meadows at the foot of mountains in Central Europe.⁠⠀
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The perfect plant for a textile obsessed person.
It is the time of year when you can pick sweet peas every day.⁠⠀
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I love my sweet peas best with light and space - like a flock of butterflies caught mid-air.⁠⠀
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These are 'Mrs Collier' - presumably a woman known to the breeders Dobie (or Dobbie) & Sons back in Edwardian Edinburgh. ⁠⠀
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You would think that having a popular sweet pea named after you would guarantee immortality, but seemingly not.  I couldn't find out who she was.⁠⠀
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So as these fill the studio with sweet perfume, I am imagining Mrs Collier into life.⁠⠀
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If anyone has hard facts on her please let me know!
Each month or so, as part of Snapdragon Studio Membership, I put together an e-course.  It is a different topic every time and the lessons go out each Tuesday.⁠⠀
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The idea is to encourage people to try new things.  This month's course is about decorative mending - and this week I am designing a project that will form the last couple of lessons.⁠⠀
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It is a pocket patch, embroidered and appliquéd from scraps of linen and cotton. ⁠⠀
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It has been a new thing for me to try too - a project to use all the precious scraps I have been squirrelling away, not quite sure how to use them.⁠⠀
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The base is a 1950s tray cloth with holes in it, the appliqués from a tattered nightdress, the bag that it will go onto is one I dyed with dock flowers.⁠⠀
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Membership is closed at the moment - but I shall be opening the doors back up for the last week of September. If you want to be the first to know sign up to my newsletter list.
Years ago, actually maybe just last year, I saw a display of ferns in glass laboratory bottles. ⁠⠀
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It may have been at Jupiter Art Land, it may have been somewhere else *. ⁠⠀
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This is my homage. ⁠⠀
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*I think my brain may be broken, so many things seem to have fallen out the side.⁠⠀
Boxes and boxes of A Seasonal Way magazine arrived yesterday and are sitting in the hall here. 
That means that it is the last day to get it at the pre-order price of £8. 

I had this all ready to go to the printers in the second week of March but pulled it - and have then worked for the past few months to make it better. 

It feels good that I can begin packing up Studio Members copies on the day that shielding stops in Scotland.
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At Snapdragon Life I gently guide you through bringing the changing seasons into your daily life, helping you slow down, so that you can experience increased well being, calm and creativity.

Through my communities, both free and paid for, through my writing on the blog, through carefully hand crafted activity kits, and through my online and in-person workshops I aim to bring people back in touch with the rhythms of a seasonal life.

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