Monday, 22 December 2014

Homemade EDIBLE Christmas Trees

Last week I posted how to make some twig based Christmas tree decorations.
Lot of people told me that they looked like they were made from a certain long thin chocolate that we get in the UK.  
I thought I'd have a go at using them to make edible versions.  
See how I got on- they are yum-eeee!


Quick, easy, gorgeous and yummy

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Homemade Christmas Trees

Hi everyone, the weather has been a bit yucky recently so I've been staying inside having great fun decorating our Christmas tree.  We followed the Vialii team's advice on buying real Christmas trees and got a family friendly Fraser Fir tree.
I've made some really cool Christmas trees out of twigs and I helped Mummy bake some yummy Christmas cookies to hang on our tree.  I thought you might like to have a go too. 


My homemade Christmas trees



Monday, 15 December 2014

Wild about Wildlife!

The clocks have changed, the leaves have fallen and it's definitely starting to look a bit wintery out there. Whilst we can snuggle up indoors, that's not the case for our lovely wildlife friends. Now is the time to help make sure they are cosy for the winter. Here are a few things you can do as well as a wonderful wildlife jigsaw I need to share with you...


I'm wild about wildlife and jigsaws!

Monday, 8 December 2014

A Snail, A Snail, The Teacher Turns Pale...

Unlike many gardeners (and teachers), I LOVE snails. I love finding them in the garden, I love drawing them and I love reading about them in my favourite book The Snail and the Whale. In this blog I tell you a few facts about the banded snail, how to make your very own Snail Race as well as a lovely picture depicting the race!


Lookeeee, a banded snail!


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Gifts for Gardening Kids

It's that time of year when I'm weighing up how good a boy I've been this last year so I can gauge just what I can ask Father Christmas for! Mummy says budding gardeners (excuse the pun, hee hee) make ideal people to buy for as there are lots of wonderful kits and tools to help us enjoy the outside world.  

Tonight I'm sending my letter to Father Christmas.  
Here's the address to send your letters to Father Christmas too.  Just make sure it gets there by December 6th and you will receive a reply to let you know your wish list has been received and that Father Christmas is checking how well behaved you've been.

Father Christmas
Santa's Grotto,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ
My drawing for Father Christmas- ready for me to write my wish list on


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Book Review: Findus, Food & Fun

In my latest blog, I am reviewing a new book from Hawthorn Press called "Findus, Food and Fun". Read on to see what I think of it along with a crafty idea taken from the book...


Here I am reading my review copy of "Findus, Food and Fun"

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Nasturtiums: The Life Cycle

Nasturtiums. It's a hard word to spell (and say!) but it's a super easy plant to grow. From sowing to collecting the seeds I explain the life cycle of the nasturtium and share some interesting facts including the hilarious meaning behind the name!...


A tiny seed - what could this possibly turn into?...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Whoooooshhh! Bang! Crackle! Fizz!

Sssh, don’t tell Lulu but I’m treating her to a dose of her own medicine and taking over her blog today.  I’m Euan, Lulu’s BFF. Mummy and I are helping out at Vialii Towers whilst they prepare for the arrival of the latest team member (Lulu’s new brother or sister). This blog is all about bonfire parties, turning leaves into fire and yummy food to have at the party...

Catherine Wheel cookies, yum!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Pumpkins - Lanterns and Mini Pies

Hey everyone, it's Halloween this week. What are you dressing up as? I am going to be a cat and I have a brilliant cat joke to share with you later! As well as dressing up and trick or treating (or guising as we call it up here in Scotland!) with your friends it's also pumpkin time! In my special Halloween blog I share some perfect pumpkin facts, let you see this year's lantern and share a wonderful pumpkin recipe (ooh and I'll maybe squeeze in a wee book review while I am here too!...)


Me and my Jack Skellington pumpkin

Monday, 27 October 2014

TomTato: The Results

Do you remember that way back in May I introduced you to the TomTato, a funky new plant which is a hybrid of a tomato and a potato? Well, we have been growing them all summer and watching the results with interest. So, is it worth a try next year? Read on...


All the lovely summer sunshine
ripened up the tomatoes nicely

Monday, 20 October 2014

Perfect Potatoes with Twigz

Our lovely friends at Twigz have supplied us with some awesome gardening equipment which I have used ALL year. One of my favourite things to grow is potatoes. Here I tell you a little about what I have grown, how my Twigz tools have helped and also a crafty project if you have a left over potato...

Me getting stuck into the tattie harvesting with some help from Twigz


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Lulu's Sunflower Competition: The Results Are In...

Hey everyone. Do you remember waaaay back in February I launched "Lulu's Sunflower Competition"? Well, it has been a busy old summer with some of my friends better than others at growing their sunflowers! But the decision has been made and we have a winner. Read on to find out who it is and to see some lovely sunflower photos...

A host of golden...sunflowers!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Bonkers for conkers!

Did you know that it's national conker day today?  It's also the day of the World Conker Championship. What better excuse to go out conker hunting as well as making a lovely choccy version of the conker...

Bonkers about conkers!

Monday, 29 September 2014

I Declare Provost's Park Officially Open!

I had an awesome day yesterday as I, Lulu Burt, (aged two and a half) had the great honour of officially opening Provost's Park in Bridge of Allan! M&D have been working on the re-design of the Park from even before I was born (wow!) but it was really worth the wait to see the finished park and see so many people come out for the opening. Here are some pics from my big day along with a little bit about the park and the new design...

I unveil the plaque with Gavin Drummond
and declare Provost's park officially open!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Brambly Blog

Hey everyone. It's the time of year when the hedgerows are bursting with brambles (aka blackberries) and us bramblers (namely my BFF Euan and myself) are to be found with purple fingers and tell tale purple mouths! It's good fun going hunting for brambles and seeing how many you can get past your mouth and into your tub. In this latest brambly blog I tell you some wonderful bramble facts as well as sharing a lovely recipe which uses them up (along with a few apples from my garden), yum!

Just doing some quality control with my BFF Euan

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Yum Plum!

If you live anywhere similar to us, you will be seeing an explosion of plums on trees and trug-fulls of yummy plums being traded around the neighbourhood at the moment! If you want to grow plums, my latest blog gives you a few tips along with a lovely cake recipe to put them into if you have any left over...

Our tree, laden with plums!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Feed The Birds, Tuppence a Bag...

I love birds. They can fly for one thing, which is pretty cool. They are also great friends to us gardeners. In my latest blog I am reviewing a super book all about garden birds from the cool people at the RSPB. I have also created a trendy bird feeder which is soooo easy for you to make at home.

The best restaurant in town!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cor-gette!

I love my seasonal veg. It tastes so yummy when it's picked from the garden and is on your plate a matter of minutes later. This week my blog is all about courgettes. From how to grow them to a super yummy courgette cake recipe it's ripe for the reading!

Cor-gette!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Beautiful Butterflies

I love butterflies (unlike my Auntie Kathleen!) They are so pretty and great for the garden too. This week we have been releasing butterflies at nursery which is great fun. In my latest blog I tell you some fluttery facts as well as three (yes three) cool butterfly related things I have been doing in my garden. Come on, join in...

Look - a butterfly!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer Garden Games For All

Here in lovely Scotland the school holidays are well under way and, with other parts of the UK set to follow suit very soon, I have decided to give you some great ideas for games you can play in the garden this summer. I've loved playing all these games but they are also suited for all ages of kids (yup, you grown up ones too!) and there is a nice mix of free games as well as some lovely games you can buy with your holiday money...

We're off hunting bears... 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Garden Review: Blair Castle Gardens

Hey everyone? Have you missed me? I've been on holiday, up in the heilans, with M&D recently which was awesome! We had all sorts of fun from wildlife parks and steam trains to the beach and wildcat hunting! But as usual we managed to sneak in a wee garden visit. This time it was to Blair Castle and their lovely gardens en route to our holiday cottage. Here is my review in some lovely pictures...

Ready, steady, let's go explore...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

50 things for kids to do in the garden this summer

In Scotland, the summer officially starts this weekend when schools break up. Seven glorious weeks lie ahead filled with long lies, sunny days (we hope) and having fun with friends. Sometimes though we can wake up and need a little inspiration for what to do that day. Never fear, Lulu's here with 50 (yes fifty!) fun things to do in the garden this summer. That's one for every day of the holidays! See how many you can fit in...



Monday, 9 June 2014

Daddy's Day Tin Can Planters

Hey everyone. It's Father's Day this Sunday which means we all need to be extra nice to our lovely daddies. I think it's nice to make something personal for Daddy's Day so I have come up with a really cool project which you can easily personalise to your own Daddy. Or if you are strapped for time you can keep it plain and very simple. And it can cost absolutely no money too which is even better! Here's my Tin Can Planters for Father's Day... 

I really like my Daddy's Day tin can planters!


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Midgie Mayhem!

Us gardeners have a lot to deal with in the garden. From slugs and snails to fungal diseases and mossy lawns there is always something for us to fight. But here in Scotland one of the BIG issues (which is ironic as they are so teeny weeny!) is the midgie. It strikes fear into the hearts of all of us outdoor adventurers. So what are they, why are they so annoying and what can we do to fight back?...

The Culicoides impunctatus!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Product Review: Twigz

As you all know I have very green fingers (and not just when I have been painting!) I love trying out the latest plants, products and books on the market and telling you what's worth buying. Recently I have been trying out a range of garden tools aimed at cool kids like me. Here's what I think of them...
The colourful range of products from
Twigz I am reviewing, especially for you...


Monday, 19 May 2014

Introducing the TomTato...

Have you heard of TomTato? No, he's not the kung fu expert from CBeebies silly! It's an awesome new hybrid from the very clever people at Thompson & Morgan. Why don't you read on to find a bit more about what it is and how it could transform your patio...

Welcome to Lulu's Garden little TomTato!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Lulu's Garden Double Book Review

Hi everyone! The lovely people at Hawthorn Press recently sent us two of their books to review. I know how you love to read about gardens and things to do so I have read, pondered, laughed, crafted and generally got a good feel for what they are all about. Want to hear what they are? Well read on Macduff...
My latest craft project - it's fun to make and wear!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Awesome Blossom

I just LOVE this time of year. There is pretty blossom sprouting everywhere! In our front garden we have pretty blossom on a tree called Amelanchier 'Ballerina' (it was named after me I think!) and our lovely old cherry tree. It's a cheery sight to welcome you home. But do you know why trees have blossom? And why does it only last a few weeks? Well, read on to find out why and also, how to make a lovely Spring blossom card.


Look, I have plum tree blossom
coming out of the top of my head!

Monday, 21 April 2014

How To Grow In The Twigz Mini Greenhouse

The clever people at Twigz have developed a wonderful range of gardening equipment for kids (or should that be kidz?!) I've been trying out their mini greenhouse which is perfect for mini people just like me. Here's what you need to know...

Fill your mini greenhouse
with seed compost

Monday, 14 April 2014

Make Your Own Easter Baskets

Hey everybody. Easter is almost here so I decided to combine two of my favourite activities (gardening and doing crafty stuff of course!) and come up with a suitably eggs-citing project for my latest blog. So read on and find out how to make your very own Easter Basket for free!


My Easter twig basket

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Daft on Daffodils

Isn't it wonderful to see the beautiful displays of daffodils at the moment? They seem to be in almost every garden with their nodding, golden heads heralding the start of Spring. They are very cheery (a bit like me!) So here's a lovely daffodil craft project you can do during the school holidays to add some daffodil cheer to the inside of the home as well as the garden...

Fudge and I go exploring the neighbourhood daffodils

Monday, 31 March 2014

10 Easy Peasy Veg To Grow This Spring

You have seen in recent weeks I have been busy sowing seeds and getting a good head start for Spring. However, I know some of you maybe don't have the time, space or even the inclination to get involved with the whole propagating indoors malarkey. Don't worry though, there are LOADS of easy PEASy vegetables you can grow straight into the garden. Here is the "Lulu's Garden" Top Ten veg to grow this Spring. Oh, and a quick and easy craft project to make your own plant labels too!


These teeny tiny sets will grow into big onions!

Monday, 24 March 2014

An Upcycled Gift for Mummy's Day

Hellllooooo everyone! I am sure you are all remembering that it's Mother's Day this Sunday. I certainly am 'cos my Mummy is awesome and I will be spoiling her ALL day! In my experience (of which I have packed a lot into my whole two years!) mummies like handmade gifts which are made with love (and sparkly, expensive presents too but that's not for this blog!) So, here is a great idea of a lovely gift you can make for this weekend. And the best bit is you have to eat some yummy cheese first!
What mummy wouldn't be completely
delighted with this on Mummy's Day?



Monday, 17 March 2014

Book Review: 101 Things for Kids To Do Outside by Dawn Isaac

Next week a new book will be launched and I was lucky enough to be sent a sneaky preview copy so that I can tell you, my lovely readers, all about it. It's written by a fellow blogger called Dawn Isaac (she is very clever and is also a garden designer like M&D) and now she has written a book (1). It is called "101 Things for Kids To Do Outside". Could it be any more perfect for me and my super-duper blog? Here's what it's about, the sort of things you will find inside and what I think of it...
Clutching my special preview copy

Monday, 10 March 2014

Myths or Musts?

There are so many tips, adages and "old wive's tales" to do with gardening that a lot of the time you just take it as gospel that it's the right thing to do. Some are so in-grained into us that even our favourite TV presenters (personally I love Monty!) pass on these tips - but are they always right? From tea and coffee to singing and weeing (!) read on to find out which tips are true and which are myths that are about to be well and truly Lulu busted!

Is it true or is it false? Read on to find out...

Monday, 3 March 2014

Ladybird Love

People often say dogs are man's best friend but not if he is a gardener. I reckon a gardener's best friend has got to be the ladybird. I love them 'cos:

a. They are pretty
b. They are fun to draw
c. They eat lots of bad bugs in the garden

In my latest blog I will regale you with lots of interesting facts on ladybirds, tips on how to encourage them into your garden as well as a cool craft project featuring our spotty friends. And I will even tell you about some funky ladybird flowers to grow... 


The ladybird - one of the prettiest and most useful of garden insects

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Sowing The Seeds Of Love

Hi everybody! It's less than a month 'til the official start of Spring which is super-exciting! Already plants are pushing through the ground, buds are appearing on shrubs and slowly the garden is waking up from its winter sleep. Let's have a big stretch everyone as it's time to dust down your seed trays, rummage through your seed boxes and get sowing. If you've never sown seeds before, don't worry, I will talk you through the process, making it super-easy. Plus you don't have to have any fancy equipment as I have some neat alternatives to share with you. Come on, let's do it...
Our cat Jingles helping me sow some seeds

Thursday, 20 February 2014

February Gardening - Daddy Guest Post

Lulu has granted me temporary custody of the blog for today as she's helping sow some vegetable seeds with her mummy and I'm sure there'll be a blog post about it soon. In the meantime you're stuck with me.

Just the view and the sheep for company


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Winter Jobs In The Garden

It looks like Spring hasn't arrived quite yet but you know me, always desperate to get outside in the garden. There are always jobs to do, whatever time of year it is. I know 'cos Mummy is always telling Daddy all about them ;) So here is a list of things that can be done, both for grown ups (ie Daddy) or for littlies like me, in between rain showers...


Get wrapped up cosy and get outside. It's fun!
Clearing the veg beds out is a perfect job for winter.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

An Apple A Day...

Hi everyone! All my regular blog followers will know I love apples, especially the ones you can pick straight off the tree and eat there and then. There is nothing quite like picking your own apples and eating it right away. If you're not as lucky as me to have apple trees in your garden, don't worry, now is the perfect time to plant your very own apple tree and you could be picking your own this summer! The clever people at The Telegraph always have lots of excellent tips on gardens. Here is their lovely insight into the best apples to grow...


Monday, 3 February 2014

Lulu & The Sunflowers

As I might have mentioned last week, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! I am now a big, grown up two year old. I don't know where the last year went. Mind you, at least I can read back on my blogs to see what I have been up to ;) Anyway, M&D threw me a wonderful party at the weekend and my lovely friends came along to celebrate. At the end I gave them all a party bag which contained something very special indeed...


I wonder if I can grow this
many sunflowers in my garden!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Birthday Carrot & Pineapple Muffins

It's officially birthday season, hooray! I have been at birthday parties the last two weekends to celebrate with my lovely friends. What is even more exciting is there is another party this weekend and it's mine! I will officially be a big girl - I, Lulu Ann Burt, will be TWO years old! As you know I (with a little help from M&D) like to cook with lovely things from the garden and that goes for birthday baking too. Here is one of the lovely treats in store for party-goers this weekend...

Yummy carrot & pineapple
muffins, ready for my birthday party!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Make Your Own Hairy Caterpillar

Hi everyone, you know me well enough by now to know what I love being outdoors in the garden as much as possible. Indeed, it's my new year's resolution. However there are times when even I am beaten by the weather and decide to stay indoors, all nice and cosy. But that doesn't mean you can't still garden. Today I am going to share the coolest indoor gardening project yet...


Make your own hairy caterpillar

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Lulu's 2014 Resolution...

Happy new year to all my lovely readers. It's the time of year when we are making our resolutions for the year ahead and this year I resolve to spend as much time as possible outdoors. It will come as no surprise to you to hear that getting outdoors is good for you, whether you are young (like me) or old (like M&D!) But just in case you need some convincing, here are some great reasons why you too should make "getting outdoors" your new year's resolution for 2014...


Head outdoors - there is lots to see!