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Add Gardener's care packAdd Gardener's care packOur price: £23.00Or just £13.28 for our members!ViewWe have added some helpful things to recover from a hard day in the garden from Nutscene - a wooden twin sided nail brush, scrub soap, lip rescue, and a muscle and joint cream.Children's Gardening Gift SetChildren's Gardening Gift SetOur price: £35.00Or just £17.00 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.Children's seed packChildren's seed packOur price: £4.50Or just £2.67 for our members!ViewA little pack of childrens' seeds - chosen because they are easy to handle and fast to grow - packed up with 3 wooden labels and a pencil in a pretty kraft string and washer envelope.
Copper Garden Twine MarkerCopper Garden Twine MarkerOur price: £14.00Or just £8.22 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 £4.68 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 £13.20 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.
Eco Seed Sowing KitEco Seed Sowing KitOur price: £15.95Or just £8.50 for our members!View This kit has everything you need to get started with seed sowing, knowing that you aren't harming the planet. FSC approved wooden plant labels - set of 12FSC approved wooden plant labels - set of 12Our price: From £1.20Or just £0.60 for our members!ViewThese are the plant labels that I use most in the garden - the workhorses of my plant organisation. They are cheap enough to be lavish with them, an important consideration when you have lots of pots and the temptation is to just label one, a tactic that always ends in a muddle in my experience. Grow your own Calendula Balm KitGrow your own Calendula Balm KitOur price: £17.50Or just £8.60 for our members!ViewThis kit contains ingredients to grow and make your own calendula balms and oils. Calendula is naturally soothing and useful for maintaining healthy skin and treating minor stings, blemishes and grazes.
Grow Your Own Coffee Personalised KitGrow Your Own Coffee Personalised KitOur price: £25.00Or just £12.50 for our members!ViewGrow your own coffee plant with this indoor gardening kit - the box contains everything you need, a personalised plant pot, coaster, compost, coffee seeds and instructions.Jam Jar Seeds KitJam Jar Seeds KitOur price: £15.00Or just £7.95 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.Kitchen Garden/Allotment Gift SetKitchen Garden/Allotment Gift SetOur price: £65.00Or just £31.56 for our members!View
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.Seed Starter's Gift SetSeed Starter's Gift SetOur price: £38.00Or just £19.07 for our members!ViewGrowing plants from seed is one of the most exciting parts of gardening and this gift set has everything to get you started.Seeds Zipped PouchSeeds Zipped PouchOur price: £10.00Or just £5.00 for our members!ViewA useful waterproof lined zipped pouch for seeds and other gardening essentials, we've included a pack of six wooden plant labels. Limited stock on these.
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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Before we came away I wrote a blog post about how I got stuck in a loop designing the garden. 
A loop of wanting it to be meaningful and clever, to be original, to make use of all my research into the kinds of prairie plants that survive in our climate. 
It meant that we were several years without a garden - looking out onto a rubble or black landscape fabric and weeds- until I realised that what I like about gardening is the doing, the pottering, the seeing things grow and harvesting them. 
I don’t actually like having a garden just to look at. 
The blog post is now up on the website - and I think the lessons learned probably stretch a lot further than gardening. You can read it by clicking through my bio. 
I would love to know if anything similar has ever happened to you.
Venice is all about light. ⠀
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It hasn’t exactly been the best weather while we have been here - a lot of the days have been wet, mainly showery, grey, at times torrential. ⠀
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Everyone says that it is the worst May weather that they can remember. ⠀
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But the light. ⠀
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Somehow it glows through - a mother of pearl sheen behind the clouds, a soft benediction - and makes every corner you turn into a masterpiece. ⠀
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Today we head to Verona for the day and are promised sunshine - but I honestly don’t believe that Venice could have been any more beautiful in the sun. ⠀
How much do you want to know about small business owners?⠀
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It is something that I ponder about a lot. It’s a balance between oversharing and ‘just’ being a business on here. This Instagram account is officially a business one but there always seems to be a lot of me in it. ⠀
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There is also the effect on the actual business to think about. For I am not the whole of Snapdragon. ⠀
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For example - at the moment I’m on holiday for a few days, yesterday’s post made that clear and my Insta stories have been given over to Venetian scenes all weekend. ⠀
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But the business continues as normal - this embroidered herb cushion went into the shop, Valerie is packing up the final boxes of this quarter’s Studio Box subscription, Fiona is making and dispatching orders. ⠀
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When I went to Myanmar in February business went dead - with more orders and emails in the 24 hours after I got home than in the 3 weeks I was away. It is something I need to address. ⠀
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So do you like to see what business owners/makers/designers/writers get up to in their time off? Or would you prefer social media was temporarily abandoned or handed onto someone back at base? ⠀
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(As an aside this isn’t about working on holiday -as most business owners will recognise the integrated nature of a small business life means that stress doesn’t come from posting a photo with a coffee in the morning or making notes of a new idea or taking the time to read a great business book)
Today it is my 50th birthday. ⠀
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I’m celebrating it in Venice, feeling happy, loved, incredibly lucky and very, very much looking forward to whatever the next decades bring. ⠀
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Euan took this photo on the water bus  yesterday headed out to Torcello for lunch. ⠀
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It is a portrait of a woman anticipating good things. ⠀
What flowers have you seen bees on this year?⠀
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I spent half an hour a couple of days ago sitting watching bees work themselves around the cirsiums - this is one of the first non bulb perennials to flower in our garden so particularly precious for insects⠀
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There were also masses working in the wallflowers next to it - and in the broccoli that we left to flower. ⠀
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Next year we will hopefully be getting a couple of hives to put down in under the apple trees behind the cabin - a beautifully sheltered spot. ⠀
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I grew up with hives - taking them up to the heather in the car - and now that I don’t need to protect a crop of flowers from pollination (for once a flower is fertilised it fades so can’t be sold), we are finally able to get our own. ⠀
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I have 4 of these cloches. They were originally from the show stand that I made for the Country Living Fair In Glasgow in 2005. ⠀
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The event that really started my business in many ways and certainly changed the way I thought about what I’m capable of. ⠀
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The event that taught me that being small is an advantage, not a handicap. ⠀
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Now they are covered in moss- an effect that would have looked amazing on that original stand. ⠀
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It looks like another beautiful sunshiney day out there. I am getting ready to write my Friday newsletter which is all about designing the garden and not being too pretentious. X. If you aren’t on my list already you can sign up via my bio.
What do you take with you to pass the time on journeys?

I’m travelling a bit over the next few days so have been packing my handbag with things to do- knitting, kindle, phone, headphones, purse. 
What would be in yours?
”When the gorse is out of flower, kissing‘s out of fashion”

There are always a few flowers on the gorse, bright against the grey - but now is peak yellow in the hills. 
It is a plant that fascinates me. So prickly, so dense and yet its history is so domestic. 
The wood of choice for bakers’ ovens as it burns hot without making much ash. 
Planted next to Scotland’s West Coast crofts for drying linen - the barbs holding the sheets better than a washing line in the gales. 
And then there is the smell - which genetically I cannot discern - but which I am told is pure pina colada.
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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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