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Vegetable garden goals at River Cottage

Have you been inspired this Spring to start growing your own fruit and vegetables? Many people have been discovering the delights of growing veggies from seed, and if there’s one place that gave me the motivation to give it a go, it’s here. I visited River Cottage HQ at Park Farm, near Axminster, at the…

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Recipe: rhubarb muffins

It’s a good idea to pick a load of your homegrown rhubarb before about July, and to let it grow for the rest of the summer. That way the plant will be storing enough energy, ready for overwintering and vigorous growth in the spring – see below, those lovely bright stalks from the start of…

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Elderflower cordial

At this time of year, were the shops freely available for browsing, I would be going mad for anything elderflower-flavoured. I’ve been wanting to make elderflower cordial myself for years but never made time in the right few weeks to go in search of a tree to forage. Would you believe it, I was directed…

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Love from Besalu and Catalonia

Here’s part two of my trip to Catalonia’s medieval coast, following on from my post the other day showing the wacky world of Salvador Dalí’s house and gardens. Walking down the hilly streets from Portlligat, we spent an afternoon in the coastal town of Cadaqués, a popular holiday resort for locals. Many winding backstreets had…

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Blackcurrant recipe – Tarte aux cassis

Earlier this month I visited the Hampton Court flower show, which reminded me of the time I won some tickets to the show – along with a rather nice goody bag – entering a recipe competition in Good Housekeeping magazine. If you remember the perfume Anaïs Anaïs, they wanted recipes that captured the main fragrance…

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BBC Gardeners’ World Live

The twin summer shows of BBC Gardeners’ World Live and BBC Good Food have been in full swing over the last four days, at the NEC in Birmingham. I was invited to photograph a preview of the exhibition gardens, as well as the awards ceremony, prior to the show opening to the public earlier this…

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  • Sharron Gibson - Oh wow theses are gorgeous and so inspiring. Beautiful photos. I want all the gardens now! ReplyCancel

  • Angela - There isn’t one of these gardens I wouldn’t love to soak up the sun in – but those horses! ❤️. Gorgeous report & images to die for ReplyCancel

  • Helen Lisk - Gosh Julie, these are so gorgeous! What wonderful spaces to photograph – you get such a sense of calm through these images – just such lovely gardens. ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Green - ooh these photos make me wish I was more green fingered!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola - Oh wow, I love these photos! These gardens are sensational aren’t they. So so beautiful., and full of inspiration. Thank you for sharing these. ReplyCancel

Watercress week

I love that watercress is grown all over the world but that the local Hampshire area is so well known for it. The Watercress Line is a clue (from the late Victorian times when the locally grown watercress was transported by train to the London markets). This Sunday marks the beginning of Watercress Week (19-25…

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