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WINTER IN A JAR

Talking terrariums with Madeleine and Will from Jar and Fern… Ok, a jar and a few plants - what exactly is a ‘terrarium’? So terrariums were actually invented in 1827 by a London Doctor called Nathaniel Ward, although people had been keeping plants in jars as early as 500 BC. Dr Ward invented them pretty much by accident after monitoring the life cycle of caterpillars and moths in a closed jar which had a bit of soil in the base. Little [...]

GET YOUR BARBECUE GRILLING READY

It’s getting to that time of year where we can finally enjoy the long summer evenings, friends and family get together’s’ and of course the traditional outdoor barbecuing! Alfresco cooking and dining has become a quintessential British summer past time and it is showing no signs of changing. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love sitting in the garden, barbecue on the go, drink in hand and enjoying everything the warm weather has to offer. Now, that’s not saying that you [...]

KOKEDAMA – A QUICK GUIDE

Kokedama in English, literally means  "moss ball" and is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of both bonsai and kusamono planting styles.   Kokodama encapsulates the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, which can be explained as an appreciation of nature’s imperfections and the transience of natural beauty. Characteristics of Wabi-sabi include simplicity, warmth, earthy, irregular, rough, natural, acceptance and observation. Like Bonsai Kokedama [...]