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Garden Talk: The Best Evergreen Climbers

Evergreen climbers are one of the most useful plants in city gardens. Covering fences in green foliage, they blur boundaries and create a lush backdrop for planting throughout the year. There are lots to choose from, all offering something different: foliage, flowers, berries, colour and scent. Here are my favourites.  Luscious leaves  Trachelospermum jasminoides With neat glossy foliage and sweet smelling flowers, this tops the list. It copes with shade but in sun will reward you with a mass of tiny white summer flowers that smell of the Mediterranean. I also like the ‘Variegatum’ variety with white splashed leaves, or for something different try the yellow flowered ‘Star of Toscana’. Trachelospermum takes a while to establish but will eventually coat your fence in dense foliage, which just needs a light prune after flowering to keep in check. Pileostegia viburnoides Evergreen, self-clinging and shade tolerant, this is a useful new find of mine. It has long glossy green leaves and sprays of white flowers in late summer, early autumn. It’s slow growing but is a stunning …

Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College

60 top midcentury dealers and 25 hot contemporary designers will come together at the celebrated Midcentury Modern show at Dulwich College on Sunday 19th November. ‘TOP 50 Interiors shop’ STELLA magazine “Design Addicts will have a heart attack” Grand Designs. If you don’t just wear vintage, you live vintage, you will LOVE this celebrated interiors show. And there’s modern mixed in too. Make a date in your diary to see 60 of Europe’s finest vintage dealers and 25 hot, modern designers. Best of the best with prices from £10 to £10,000. With an array of furniture, vintage and contemporary textiles, travel posters, cool ceramics, glassware, incredible wallpaper, lighting, stunning jewellery, industrial and original artwork there really is something for everyone. If Eames, Jacobsen, Nelson, Bertoia, Wegner, Charley Harper and the Days inspire you then this is the place to be. Enjoy it all in a unique Brutalist setting. Make a day of it with The Horniman Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Bel Air park and House in spitting distance. Ample parking, refreshments, buggy park and …

Five Sophisticated Halloween Pumpkin Ideas!

WOOOOH… It’s that eerie time of year – Halloween! The shops are full of plump Pumpkins to carve into those scary lanterns for the children. But why not buy a couple more and make them into beautiful grown up decorations. Here are five simple ideas to inspire your creativity… Paint your hollowed pumpkins in pretty pastels and create a flower arrangement using an oasis floral foam bowl that fits. These would make a great centrepiece for a grown up dinner party or you can display in the windows around your house for a more refined Halloween. Use inexpensive upholstery studs to create a design by simply sticking them into the pumpkin. You could also add self-adhesive crystals or bits of mirror for that added opulence. It will create that WOW factor. Create a decorative ‘Chinoiserie’ inspired pumpkin, by a simple bit of decoupage using printed paper napkins and PVA glue. Make use of Grandma’s old lace doilies! Add different sizes to create a layered look using a self-adhesive aerosol spray and/or PVA glue. For that extra bit …

Garden Talk: Get ahead with spring bulbs

It may seem a way off, but autumn is the time to plant your spring bulbs – you’ll really appreciate those splashes of colour after the grey winter months. Bulbs look great in drifts under deciduous trees and bushes or at the front of borders, but work well in containers too. Here are a few to try. Crocuses One of the first flowers to emerge in February, they create a pretty wash of purple or yellow naturalised in the lawn and are lovely clustered under magnolia trees or crammed into pots. Soft purple C. tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’ with its golden orange stamens is a winner while C. vernus ‘Pickwick’ is more robust and bigger (12-15cm), so good for impact on a dull winter’s day. Sarah Raven’s favourite C.minimus ‘Spring Beauty’ is a stunner and great in pots on the windowsill where you can admire the striking dark purple stripe on the outer petal. Most need well drained soil and sun. Narcissi Daffodils are a must for cheerful spring colour and lovely scent, and there’s a …

Step Inside Dulwich: Decorating Ideas for a Teenager’s Bedroom

There comes a time in every growing family when a sibling utters the request: “I want a room of my own”, their shorthand for: “I want to create a space that reflects my own personality and values, unrestrained by those of my parents”. When this happens the daunting question is do you give them free rein to do as they wish or negotiate a reasonable compromise that retains some degree of decorum? Remember your own adolescence. It’s likely your parents consented to certain freedoms where they no longer governed your decisions. Allowing teenagers the freedom to create their own space can encourage them to develop independent thought, express their emerging attitudes, interests, hobbies and habits to express their individuality and accept responsibility for taking care of themselves. My advice is to encourage their involvement in the designing of the room, ask them to create their own mood board of what they would like, a visual statement of their individuality and values – To help them suggest they use these basic elements to structure their thoughts …