Jewellery that springs from the sea

Regular blog readers will have come to realise that I am the only Growbag sister with really good horticultural taste. As it is with plants, so it is with jewellery. I go for understated, timeless class from ethical sources, so was delighted when we came across the work of Kate Lewis at RHS Wisley’s Contemporary Craft Fair. Kate collects her raw material as she walks her dog each morning on the beaches of the Gower Peninsula; seaglass, remnants of broken bottles whose sharp edges have been worn away and whose original colours have developed an opaque subtlety over the...

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funky white vase with small white asymmetrical towers

Check out Chive for a plant lover’s gift

Can we talk about brilliant gifts? So, not the plastic/sugary/laugh-a-minute ones or in fact candles (although who doesn’t love the aroma of lime and basil at Christmas?). We are talking about something contemporary, unusual, with interior-design ‘wow’ that your plant-loving friends will actually love and that won’t wholly break your bank. Interested? Then honestly, log on to (but please not right now or I’ll never get you back). The ceramics and glass containers on this site are what we’ve all been waiting for without realising it. Their clean designs and colours match the poetry of our plants. They beg you...

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Grow-buys: A bang-on handbag

I didn’t actually buy my best October thing in October – I bought this fantastic handbag at Chelsea Flower Show FOUR MONTHS AGO, but it looks as good in October as it did in May despite being my constant companion (it’s coped better than my husband in this respect). Picture the scene if you will. I was being supervised by my sister Laura as we trawled the trade stands on the final day at Chelsea looking for something with legacy to give big sister Elaine’s new grandson, Stanley, born just hours earlier – (pretty sure a Peter Rabbit eggcup...

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