Flow Internatonal

Three Good Things #15

Hello and welcome to Three Good Things, my regular series celebrating the small things that bring me joy each week. Find out more about the series here. One The first exciting thing this week is the arrival of my long-awaited … Read More


Clothes Audit: A Minimalist’s Wardrobe

  It all started at Minimalist Club, when one of our group happened to mention that she’d had a wardrobe purge since our last meeting and given away some of her old jeans to charity. Seventy-four pairs of jeans, to … Read More

Forced rhubarb from my allotment

My First Allotment Crop of 2014

  Because 2013 was a pretty disorganised year for me, I didn’t manage to plant or sow anything apart from over-wintering garlic. Had I needed to eat solely from my allotment, the ‘hungry gap’ would have been a very long … Read More

Dahlia seedlings

Growing Dahlias from Seed.

Gardeners are an optimistic bunch. We moan about the weather, but rain or shine, we’re optimistic. We must be because we keep going back for more! Despite year after year of failure with cauliflowers, I’d still love to grow the … Read More

Hellebore Anna's Red

Floral Focus: Hellebore

Hellebores really are fabulous. They pretend to be shy, unassuming plants, but, up close, the flowers are astonishing. Their bright, often-spotted petals are in fact really ‘sepals’ which are the tough outer coating of flower bud, with the petals themselves … Read More

margot & barbara logo

Welcome to my new site!

  Hello, and welcome to the new version of Margot and Barbara… As I mentioned in my last post before moving over from WordPress.com—and as you can see above— I’ve painted my new logo myself. I wanted something that would … Read More

My blog is moving!

Hello everyone. After far too much deliberation, this week I am starting the process of converting my blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org site. The new site will still be Margot & Barbara and you’ll still be able to find it … Read More

The Latte Factor.

I first read about David Bach’s ‘The Latte Factor‘ through Guy Kawasaki on Twitter (who, incidentally, you should follow, he shares great stuff) and I’ve spent the weekend thinking it over. The Latte Factor, for those of you who don’t … Read More

The Ivington Diaries

Book: The Ivington Diaries

Books about learning to garden can be a bit repetitive. After all, there’s only a handful of ways to sow seeds. Books on gardens, however, are wonderful. This example from Monty Don, has captured my attention and really made me … Read More