Friday Scout: garden and lifestyle inspiration

Amazing styling by la casita de wendy, found via Miss Moss

Happy Friday!  I have been blogging here for two months now – time flies. I have signed up to do the RHS Level 2 courses to further my horticultural knowledge a bit and will be doing this through the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh’s distance learning.  Just waiting on my pack to arrive in the post.

My favourite posts from the last two months, which I would love people to check out, are: a visit to a unique London floating garden, Downings Road moorings / we visited Hampton Court Flower Show / and Potters Fields Park / and the Olympic Park gardens.

Here are some wonderful and interesting things found this week:

A flower shop visit on designlovefest

A fun, beautiful country wedding photographed by Emma Case (love the piglets)

A visit to Maltby Street market in London (a far more enjoyable experience than Borough)

How to make crepe paper anemones

Ben Pentreath’s book, English Decoration, looks like a must buy.  He previews it on his blog.

Lorraine & Owen Bartlett Lashley, vegetable growers, profiled on Spitalfields Life

The Drought of 2012, photographs on The Atlantic

The restoration of the Great Barn and Oast Houses at Great Dixter

Friday Scout: Nature inspiration

Hooray for Friday, it has been a long week.  There is finally a really great atmosphere in London (whinging has subsided significantly!).  I watched the Olympic torch go past Farringdon Road yesterday on my way into the office and the crowds were immense: loads of cheering office workers in great humour. To be honest, my favourite thing about the whole experience was the crowd cheering on normal cyclists making their way into work!  I managed to get tickets to the BMX and I am really excited to see the landscaping and wildflowers at the Olympic park.  This weekend we might visit Chelsea Physic Garden before we try the journey to Putney to watch the road race.  Hm, wish us luck!

Every Friday I share the best outdoorsy blog posts for your distraction and pleasure.  Here you go:

Amazing wedding in Berlin’s Botanical Gardens featuring some stunning images of the couple in the glasshouse

A summer camping trip on Junkaholique

Leading the Search for a Self-Reliant Bloom

Paul and Amy Hamilton’s wonderful home

You can now purchase British grown wasabi from The Wasabi Company

And, i’ve just discovered Sarah Raven’s youtube channel!  There are only two videos up at the moment, but the oast garden tour is well worth a watch.