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Gardening

Gardening has been such joy to me for the past 25 years.

Creating a garden here is something I get such a feeling of achievement from - whether it is sowing radishes in the raised beds or picking dahlias for the house and to give to friends.

There is something so grounding being in touch with the seasons, nurturing plants, creating something beautiful.

This is a selection of things we make or use ourselves which should appeal to the gardeners amongst you.

We have divided our gardening things into 3 sections.

Practical gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . Gardening style . . . . . . . . . . . . Children's Gardening.

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Alder Big Bone China MugAlder Big Bone China MugOur price: £15.00Or just £7.85 for our members!ViewThese elegant big bone china mugs, with their spare and timeless design of alder catkins and cones, is the first of our monthly collections.Blue cactus Plant potBlue cactus Plant potOur price: £12.00Or just £7.15 for our members!ViewThese cactus plant pots were designed for all lovers of indoor plants. Cactus Personalised Plant PotCactus Personalised Plant PotOur price: £12.00Or just £7.15 for our members!View A fun and vibrant personalised plant pot with a bright image of a cactus and pot.Available in:
Children's Gardening Gift SetChildren's Gardening Gift SetOur price: £35.00Or just £18.00 for our members!View We designed this children's gardening gift set to encourage children to grow up loving the outdoors and, as importantly, to make it easy for parents and grandparents to let them garden.Embroidered Meadow Flowers apronEmbroidered Meadow Flowers apronOur price: £35.00Or just £15.92 for our members!ViewThis limited edition apron has a canvas pocket embroidered by Jane with a meadow design of poppy seedheads, daisies and cow parsley.Gardener's Quotes Big Bone China MugGardener's Quotes Big Bone China MugOur price: £15.00Or just £7.85 for our members!ViewPerfect for the keen gardeners, you can choose between three quotes from very different gardeners.
Meadow Flowers Desk TidyMeadow Flowers Desk TidyOur price: £12.00Or just £7.15 for our members!ViewThis elegant and beautifully drawn pen pot - with a sinuous design of a flowering meadow - will appeal to garden lovers.Meadow Flowers Embroidered Tea towelMeadow Flowers Embroidered Tea towelOur price: £12.50Sale price: £9.50Or just £6.23 for our members!ViewLinen union tea towels is embroidered with freehand machine appliqué. Each is different and completely unique.Meadow Flowers Enamel MugMeadow Flowers Enamel MugOur price: £14.00Or just £6.99 for our members!ViewPerfect for picnicking or strolling round the garden this enamel mug with its swirling meadow garden design will appeal to gardeners and nature lovers.
Paper pot makerPaper pot makerOur price: £8.50Or just £4.70 for our members!ViewDitch plastic and make your own eco-friendly pots with these wooden pot makers.Snakeshead Fritillary Big Bone China MugSnakeshead Fritillary Big Bone China MugOur price: £15.00Or just £7.85 for our members!ViewThese luxury big bone china mugs are printed with a delicate watercolour design of snakehead fritillaries in grass.Snakeshead Fritillary BookmarkSnakeshead Fritillary BookmarkOur price: £9.00Or just £4.53 for our members!ViewThis beautiful aluminium book mark is a perfect gift for book worms and gardeners.
Thistles MugThistles MugOur price: £12.50Or just £5.85 for our members!View These thistle mugs were suggested by one of our members and it gave me a chance to indulge my love of the prickly plants.We Grew This Personalised Plant PotWe Grew This Personalised Plant PotOur price: £12.00Or just £7.15 for our members!View Our elegant monochrome personalised plant pots, with their personalised message, are a gift from children or grandchildren.
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Snapdragon social

Later this morning I am going to be talking about change and business at The Good Life Experience⁠⠀
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The working title for my talk is '5 things I've learned from trashing my business' and its a pretty honest account of what the last 2 and a half years have meant to me.⁠⠀
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The talk is 11.30 in the drawing room of Hawarden Castle - do let me know if you are here and able to come and say
We are promised an Indian summer this weekend - sunshine through seedheads, cool evenings wrapped in blankets.⁠⠀
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I am very glad as we are off to camp at The Good Life Experience tonight - four days of amazing food, ideas, creativity and dogs (ours are staying at home so I am at liberty to fuss everyone else's)⁠⠀
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What are you doing this weekend?
I've always been drawn to women who create homes that feel welcoming.  I believe it is a wonderful skill to welcome people in, to have them relax, to talk properly, to feel safe and listened to. ⠀
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Some of the homes where I've pulled up a chair have been calm and considered, perfect curated spaces that seem to slow down time, others have been full, layered, with piles of things going on and a whirlwind of noise.  I love both.⁠⠀
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My own house veers wildly between the two - occasionally calm and spacious (a friend remarked yesterday how much bigger the kitchen seemed now that I actually have shelves for stuff), more often caught mid-project with piles of books and fabric everywhere.⁠⠀
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What about you?⁠⠀
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This week I am meant to be doing a bit of a recruitment drive for Snapdragon Studio Membership - the price goes up from £10 a month to £15 a month for anyone who joins after 18th September. ⁠⠀
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For anyone who is a member by 18th we are freezing the monthly membership at £10 until the beginning of 2021.⁠⠀
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So if you fancy discounts (these Autumn apothecary jar essential oil soy candles are only £6.13 for our Studio Members for example), a year long Grow Your Own Cut Flowers online course, my Tuesday emails with essays, nature notes, free downloads, as well as a hard copy magazine . . . . well this would be a very good week to join!⁠⠀
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You also get a welcome pack lovingly put together by Valerie.
I fear that this may be the last properly flowery windowsill from the garden - frosts are hovering around the edges. 
One morning soon I shall wake up to a soggy, collapsed and blackened garden and I’ll be hunting in the sheltered corners for undamaged flowers and praising the robustness of sedums. 
But in the meantime I’ll feast on the delicacy of cosmos purity and the single dark, sugar spangled, scabious.
Do you buy new or second hand? Oxfam’s campaign #secondhandseptember is really about clothes but it got me thinking about buying generally - and the way we've put together our home.⁠⠀
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I grew up in a house of antique dealers - my Mum had a market stall, and then a shop, which my brother continues with today - so buying second hand has always been the default.⁠⠀
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We also moved into a 1980s bungalow instead of the old property I had dreamed of and deliberately added in layers of history with reclaimed doors and furniture and floors.⁠ I think that the only new things we have bought may be the beds. ⠀
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This dresser was from Glasgow Architectural Salvage Yard - it was originally in a primary school (which is why it has wonderful chipped and jammy red gloss paint and a strip of plastic bumper tape on the corners!)⁠⠀
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I particularly love the curve of the shelves - they look like they have put in a lot of hard work.
How do you feel about dinner plate dahlias?  I've really struggled to enjoy them - the lollipop-on-stick look of them, the way the stems aren't long enough to make a balanced arrangement without plastic cones.⁠ The way that they collapse inelegantly as they age. ⠀
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Last year I dug them all out and gave them to @Katgoldin to feed her goats.  This year I accidentally ordered a whole load more.⁠⠀
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I've solved the problem by cutting them short and propping them about the place. ⁠⠀
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This is Dahlia Islander in an early C19th rose lustre cup - lounging on a dresser shelf by my Great Grandmother's tea set.⁠⠀
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(It also means you can't see the way the back petals go scruffy before the rest of the flower)
What have been your favourite flowers from this year?

I’m making a list so that I remember what I loved, what I want to make sure I plant for next year.

There is also a list of plants I found disappointing - so that I remember to walk on by and ignore the hype. 
What would be on your lists?
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At Snapdragon we 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 our communities, both free and paid for, through Jane's writing on the blog, through carefully hand crafted gifts and activity kits, and through our online and in-person workshops we aim to bring people back in touch with the rhythms of a seasonal life.

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