Here are links to just a few of my favourite places, plant nurseries, shops and blogs. I hope in the near future to be adding many more.
Contemporary tartan fabrics and ceramics in a range of beautiful designs whose colours are inspired by the Scottish landscape.
Kent-based nursery selling more varieties of lavender than you knew existed, plus lavender-themed gifts and a great display garden.
Friendly family firm supplying products for composting, biological pest control, and encouraging nature's visitors. There’s also a handy telephone advice line where Annie and John will deal with any inquiries.
‘Let’s fight the filth with forks and flowers’ is the rallying cry for this heroic band of inner city gardeners who plant up neglected traffic islands and derelict patches of land, often by cover of night.
Amazing touring exhibition illustrating each line of Bob Dylan’s iconic song with Mark Edwards’s hard-hitting photographs showing the effects of climate change across the globe. 50p from each sale of the book goes to the Eden Project’s Education Centre.
Hortus is a privately published and beautifully produced quarterly gardening journal full of intelligent writing and wonderful woodcuts.
The Kitchen Garden is a specialist shop for henkeepers and gardeners. Francine Raymond, author of All My Eggs in One Basket also runs courses from her beautiful Suffolk home and garden.
Website of the little east-London shop selling stylish yet functional and old-fashioned products for kitchen, home and garden – old gardening tools, metal dust pans and so on.
Lemon Balm 76 Parkway, London NW1 7AH (020 7267 3334 is an exciting and beautiful new health and beauty shop and complementary therapies clinic in Camden Town.
Unusual and stylish range of unusual garden furniture and accessories - their ‘Old Rocker’ upholstered swinging sofa and Lloyd loom garden bed on wheels are among my dream presents
website for The Organic Gardening Catalogue selling seeds, plants and accessories for the organic garden.
The wonderful west London nursery with its now-famous café and restaurant is one of my favourite places to look for plants, books and inspiration.
A fantastic Devon-based nursery supplying seed from beautiful and rare plants from all over the world. Worth visiting in person for its wonderful ‘world map’ garden where plants are displayed in the ‘continent’ of their origin.
One of the most stylish garden mail order catalogues, with everything from garden tools and leather aprons to boot and apple racks.
RE stands for REcycled, REscued, Restored, and their quirky catalogue includes a great range of vintage gardening tools and watering cans, plus some of the smartest striped deckchairs around.
Scented narcissi picked on the Scilly Isles at dawn, shipped to the mainland and sent out by first class post – a great (and extremely reasonably priced) choice for locally grown flowers.
Family-run business famous for its huge range of unusual tomato and chilli pepper varieties – small plug plants also available in spring.
Woottens of Wenhaston is a beautiful nursery in Suffolk with a great mail order service supplying well-grown and meticulously-packaged plants.
I have only recently entered the wonderful world of blogging and have tended so far to frequent the visual blogs of women involved in modern crafts and home-making. Favourites so far include:
A colourful, warm-hearted and inspiring site hosted by Jane Brocket, author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity (Hodder & Stoughton)
Site of a Finnish photographer, so I don’t understand a word of what she has written, but the deceptively artful shots of her domestic life are heart-stoppingly beautiful.
Some of the most beautiful handmade toys around – and by buying them you support two creative people trying to live the simple life.
For my own blog, Off the Rails, chronicling our efforts to convert a pair of dilapidated Victorian railway carriages into a state-of-the-art eco house.