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Alan Titchmarsh for Country Life Magazine

This is really more of a one stop shop for Alan’s monthly columns in Country Life Magazine.  Alan himself really needs no introductions, is one of Britain's best-loved gardeners, writers and television presenters. He started his gardening career at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew before moving into gardening journalism in the 1970s, and has been a regular fixture in print, and on our screens ever since.

Alan is a regular contributor to the gardening section of Country Life, writing a monthly article covering everything from his favourite plants to details about the gardens at his homes in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight.  His columns are a must read for us with a coffee on a Saturday morning, preferably on a garden swing seat!

The Blackberry Garden

We’ve talked about Alison Levy’s blogs before, and there’s a very good reason she comes out top on so many people’s blog lists, not just ours.  Alison shares news from her own garden, often featuring her cats lounging around on a favourite seat, she also has a favourite flower of the day on her Instagram feed, along with things that inspire her and make her happy.  Particularly refreshing is  “Irritating Plant of the Month” or abbreviated so delightfully into the acronym IPotM!  It’s a lovely unpretentious blog, and her garden experiences feel very achievable for the novice or more experienced gardener.

Mr Plant Geek

Michael Perry is Mr Plant Geek, he has a wealth of horticultural experience and a sometimes wicked sense of humour! He is a TV Presenter and has amassed a huge following on social media. He offer tips and garden know how in a refreshingly easy way, so you don’t need to feel daunted and can find easy tips for you garden.  We particularly love What is a ‘she-shed’ and how to create one  as more often than not you hear about chaps sheds, this brings a refreshing alternative.

Jane Perrone

Jane Perrone is a journalist specialising in plants and gardening. Her work is regularly published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Gardens Illustrated and Garden Design Journal.  She has a wealth of knowledge and  is also the author of the Allotment Keeper’s Handbook. Jane also guests posts for a number of other gardening publications. So it is safe to say that Jane really knows what she is talking about when it comes to the garden and indoor houseplants (which she freely admits to having an addiction to). She posts tips and advice, as well as reporting on particular problems she has had with her garden and how she has dealt with such issues. Jane’s blog is easy to navigate around and very pleasing on the eye. She has built up a good following of readers through her useful suggestions and advice.

Dig Delve

Dig Delve is really a cross between a blog and a magazine.  It focuses on the writing of world renowned garden and landscape designer Dan Pearson, and features absolutely sublime photography by Dan’s partner, Huw Morgan, who also edits and contributes to Dig Delve.  They don’t only talk about gardens and plants, but often a favourite recipe they are creating from produce they have grown in their garden in Somerset, and also interviews with other like minded people, from farmers, cooks, flower growers, to artists, potters, craftspeople and other makers.  It’s always a joy to read and inspirational on the eye with Huw’s stunning photography.

My English Country Cottage – Rebecca Lovatt

 A blog inspired by my Rebecca’s hugely successful Instagram page. She has been writing about her family life in her 400 year old thatched cottage in the middle of nowhere in Suffolk.  She has spent the past seven years making her house a home and has put her experiences into photographing and  writing about cosy country interiors filled with florals, old books, roaring fires, oak beams and squashy sofas.

Her  instagram posts are absolutely beautiful and come with little mini blogs on each post and feature articles about gardening, crafts, book recommendations and interior design ideas.  We absolutely love Rebecca's take on her rural life & are delighted she and her children swing away on one of our rope swings in their garden.

Posted by Siobhan on April 27th 2021

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