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What makes the perfect family garden?

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 24 Mar 2011 at 11:50 AM

I have been suffering from impetigo.  Don't know what that is?  Neither did I. In fact, if Robert Robinson had given me option, Call My Bluff style, I would have opted for "one of the smaller islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago".  But no, it is a bacterial infection which I am at least 35 years too old to get and which has resulted in my face resembling that of an early plague victim.

I'm not great with such things.  I still remember developing what can only be described as a mountainous zit within my first week of starting university. My solution was not to leave my room for a fortnight. Sadly, this sort of option is not afforded to a mother of three, so I have continued to do the school run without even a paper bag to hide my shame.

More worrying still, I am due to give a talk on Sunday at the Ideal Home Show where there will be six, yes SIX plasma screens to capture, enlarge and then replicate my facial disfigurement to the lucky attendees.


Consequently, I am swallowing antibiotics at regular intervals in the hope that I will appear more garden designer than Doctor Who extra.

Oh, and I've also been so under the weather that I haven't quite finished putting together my talk.

But this is where I think you can help.  Yes, that's right, I am asking for some feedback from you lovely people.  My talk is on 'Creating the Perfect Family Garden' and this is a subject I could happily witter on about for days.  But as I only have half an hour, I'd like to know what you consider to be the essential elements to a family garden. What could you not do without? What's your favourite feature - either in your own garden or something you've seen elsewhere?  And most importantly, what are the biggest problems you've faced in creating your own family garden?

Come on, take pity on me.  If not, I may swap the picture of our crocus ring for an image of my face.

You have been warned.



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