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We all have a friend, or a relative, who has an incredible garden. In the summer months, all you can think about is when they’ll next throw a BBQ or garden party so that you can check out what they’re growing this year or how they’ve kept their borders looking so neat and tidy.

Well, this year why not make your garden the place to be? You may not think that you have green fingers but fortunately the team here at Express Doors Direct do. We asked the gardeners in the office where they found their inspiration and as they were feeling generous (there may have been cake bribery involved…) they kindly shared their favourite blogs.

So, here you have it, UK Direct Door’s favourite gardening blogs. From inspiration to advice and planning, there’s a great mix, so get stuck in and start transforming your outside space today!

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The Horticult

Founded by uber-cool couple Chantal and Ryan, The Horticult waxes lyrical about “dirt, design and culture.” When you pop by expect to find the duo sharing their experiments with their own space along with peeks in to other people’s gardens, as well as style posts, recipes, and photos from their travels. You’ll find yourself lost in a wilderness of glorious photographs, well-written posts and find yourself surrounded with more inspiration than you could possibly ever need.

Grab a cup of tea; you’ll be here for a while!

Follow The Horticult on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Southbourne Gardens

The lovely Victoria lives in London with her partner Derek, and her blog is all about her allotment adventures. If you think you might even have the slightest tinge of green to your fingers, Victoria’s passion and love for all things leafy will definitely get you digging out your wellies and donning your gloves. You’ll find tips for planting and growing as well as some mouth-watering recipes (how delicious do lavender-scented poached apricots sound?)

Follow Victoria on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Smallest Smallholding

Rescuing ex-battery hens, growing her own veg and cooking up delicious dishes; who wouldn’t want to be friends with the wonderfully charismatic Lucy? Her blog is a charming mixture of the trials and tribulations of being a smallholder mixed with a bucket-load of delicious recipes (can anyone say vegan raspberry swirl cake? We’ll take two slices…) and a tonne of tips for making the most of your outside space.

Follow Lucy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Ryan’s Garden

After a bit of a break, and one big move from the city to the countryside, Ryan is back and sharing a new kind of adventure as he tackles his very own smallholding in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside. Take a look back through the archives for tips on gardening in a city environment, whilst more recent posts cover what he’s been up to in his new home. You’ll also find competitions, recipes, and plenty of anecdotes about starting a small holding from scratch.

Follow Ryan on Facebook and Twitter.

Real Men Sow

About six years ago Jono took on an abandoned allotment plot, much to the amusement of his gardening-mad mother, Jan. Fast-forward to the present day and the allotment was a roaring success. So much so that Jono gave up the allotment in 2012 and decided to pull his focus to growing his own fruit and veg in his garden. Expect to find tips for starting your own veg patch and info on how much money you could save by becoming semi-self-sufficient. A great read.

Follow Jono on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

You Grow Girl

You Grow Girl is where author, photographer and graphic designer Gayla Trail shares her experiences of being a young, urban gardener working with a tiny budget. Whether you’re dropping by for recipes (her cherry clafoutis is now an office favourite), growing advice, or inspiration for your own projects, you really are spoiled for choice. Gayla’s laid-back approach to gardening makes for a refreshing, and engaging read that’ll either have you reaching for your pitchfork, or your oven gloves.

Follow Gayla on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Studio ‘G’

Rochelle is a master of many trades but her blog Studio ‘G’ is where her passion for all things flora and fauna thrives. Described as a place where garden makers can find ideas and inspiration you’ll find “before and after” posts galore, handy resources, and in-depth articles about beautiful and unusual flowers and plants. Bookmark this is you find yourself lacking inspiration or are just itching to DIY something amazing.

Follow Rochelle on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Through the Garden Gate

Do you find yourself craning your neck to look over garden walls? Do you consider peeking through the knots in a neighbour’s fence to check on the progress of their fruit trees a pastime? If so, Through the Garden Gate is the perfect blog for you. Once a gardening journalist, Veronica spent her time admiring others gardens; appreciating and photographing their efforts. From tours round stately homes, to ideas for potted plants and a sneak peek in to her own garden, this a pinner’s paradise!

Follow Veronica on Twitter.

Lisa Orgler

Lisa is one talented lady; a landscape architect and a garden designer by day, and a food illustrator by night. Her site pulls together her two loves in such a charming way, and her illustrations are just to die for. Some of our favourite posts include how to preserve the picks from your garden as we approach autumn and winter, planting design tips, and tips for creating outdoor rooms. We’d also recommend checking out her PB&J Garden ebook if you fancy creating your very own themed garden.

Follow Lisa on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Frustrated Gardener

Dan has always had a passion for plants – it’s rumoured that his first word was Mesembryanthemum! The Frustrated Gardener is where he shares his musings on all things flora and fauna. “Plants in Detail” is perfect for those looking to learn more about a variety of plants whilst we really enjoyed seeing the progress of his own gardens in Kent (we’re green with garden envy, you’ll quickly see why) and North London. Pop by when you’re feeling blue – the beautiful photography will help to perk you up even on the greyest of days.

Follow Dan on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have any favourite blogs that you’d like to share with us? Let us know below, we’d love to hear from you!

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