Air plant (Tillandsia)

I first came across air plants as a horticultural student many moons ago. I was fascinated by them, sadly they were not something you could just pick up in your local garden centre. Fast forward nearly 2 decades and the house plant market is booming……. Continue reading



Not all seeds are created equal! Some are nice and easy to grow and others are a little more particular about conditions before they even attempt to poke their head above compost. If you are gardening with kids you want successes……… Continue reading


I’m not a lover of the winter, infact the idea of hibernating from November through to March is entirely acceptable in my book. Having said that ironically I’m outdoors most days and that means I feel the seasons more accutely than most and I certainly feel the cold!…… Continue reading

Autumn Fun

Kings & Queens of the garden!

The Tiny Trowelers became Kings and Queens of the garden this week. We created fabulous crowns decorated with petals & leaves from around the garden. They looked great! I’m not sure Bromsgrove is ready for me to parade down the highstreet in mine just yet, there are definitely some things only kids can get away with!

Completed Creations & Chomping!

The sun has shone for us this week and we have a great time in the Tiny Trowels garden. The colourful pots the Tiny Trowelers were busy painting last term look brilliant. We’ve planted the gladioli into these pots and they are now ready to give to someone special on Sunday (Dad’s you haven’t read this!!). We’ve also had fun picking and shelling broad beans along with tasting mangetout and some gorgeously sweet strawberries! ­čśÇ

Potions & Painting

A great week in the Tiny Trowels garden! The Tiny Trowelers have been busy putting the finishing coat of paint on their colourful pots. We have also been brewing up some special potions to help our plants grow big and strong (no newt or frog were harmed during potion making!).  The sunflowers are growing nicely, competition is not yet fierce. That said there was a lot of watering going on by some! Once the potions are ready we may have some world record breakers!!

It’s half term next week so I will see you all the following week. Have a lovely break!

Pot Painting & Planting!

A busy week with the Tiny Trowelers. Torrential rain didn’t manage to dampen spirits and we all got stuck into some fun gardening activities!

Pot Painting has started and we’ll be building up with different colours each week to create unique little pots for the kids to take home and grow things in.



Mud, Glorious Mud!

Great sessions this week with the Tiny Trowelers….. what’s not to love about mud painting! Take a good dollop of mud, add water till you have the perfect brown paint and then, go crazy. We had mud monsters coming out of mud caves, mud handprints, mud paint flicking, ┬áthere was even a mud me painted on the tree (thank you Darcie, I love my big smiley face)!

We also planted up some grass egg heads that the Tiny Trowelers will grow on at home and eventually they will need a haircut! I may give mine a mohican, watch this space and feel free to share your pictures!

Tin can planters for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day surpriseThe Tiny Trowelers have been busy planting pansies for their Mummy’s. The old baked bean cans look great and their little fingers were perfect for this fiddly task (unlike mine!).

tin can plantersLook at that concentration using the water sprayers to water their pots

tin can plantersAll finished!

tin can planters