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Lockdown Gardens in Bloom: the results!

The results are in! See who's nabbed the top spots in our first ever Lockdown Gardens in Bloom competition with gorgeous gardens and homewares boutique Olive & Sage.

Toby Buckland, Laetitia Maklouf, Hero Brown

We’ve been blown away at the response to Muddy’s Lockdown Gardens in Bloom Instagram competition with over 1,000 entries – and the results are in! The Top 10 most ‘liked’ photos from each category made the shortlist and were judged by our expert panel – here’s who’s snaffled themselves money to spend online at Olive & Sage and why. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Over to you, judges.


Toby says: The diablo’s in the detailing and the ceramic paving, ferns and lush banana give the garden an exciting Victorian-plant hunter vibe. The only thing missing is a pith helmet for the dog!

Laetitia says: This for me is the perfect courtyard oasis. I love the feeling it gives of being in an enclosed, secret space, and the use of oversized leaves adds lushness and generosity

Hero says: I love the secret, shady, Mediterranean feel of this garden. I really hanker after a space like this, and I’m a massive fan of the tiling which I hadn’t considered or an outdoor space before.

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I can’t quite believe my eyes when I look at the transformation before me. The Secret Flower Garden is beginning to look even better than I had imagined when I was planning it. At the beginning of the year this garden was no more than a patch of ivy and weeds ( swipe 👆🏻to see) Slowly but surely this garden has been springing to life, everything sown from seed or tuber. It has cost hardly anything at all and that’s what I really love about this garden. For the price of seeds, some compost and the tubers which I bought in the sale for 50p each this garden is bursting with colour and life. Peggy Darling our caravan has also been transformed into Cinderella’s Pumkin Carriage for the children, with pumpkins growing and tumbling all around her. My philosophy is you can never be too over the top for children’s imaginations to hopefully make lifelong magical memories. I’m so lucky my Mum @fancypaulasheperd is an artist and she brought the carriage to life with her drawings. It’s amazing what you can create with a little elbow grease, imagination, confidence, time and love 🌈 . . . . #garden #magic #magical #secretgarden #caravan #cinderella #dreamscometrue #imagination #cutflowers #flowers #kids #kidsgarden #childhood #memories #adventure #gardenersofinstagram #thegoodlife #horticulture #sustainable #lifestyle #home #gardenersworld #muddyproject

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Toby says: Love this speedy transformation and its serendipity. With a few packs of seed and a tin of paint you can be transported even when you and the caravan have to stay put.

Laetitia says: The is a fabulous transformation and an object lesson in how annuals can be used to transform a space super-fast – I love it.

Hero says: This garden looks completely unrecognisable in the before and after pictures which is a sign of a fabulous transformation. I need one of those camper vans in my garden ASAP!

Muddy Veg Patch

Toby says: Love this pristine potager – food for the eye and the table!   

Laetitia says: There’s nothing like a traditional box-lined parterre veg patch – loads of work and love has gone into this; bravo! 

Hero says: I’m terrible at growing veggies (ask my dead tomato plant) so I know a brilliant vegetable garden when I see one. This one reminds me of gardens you’d see at heritage sites and National Trust buildings.

Muddy Colour

Toby says: Meets the brief perfectly! The complementary blue of the shed makes the yellow nasturtium flowers ‘pop’. Simple but so bright!

Laetitia says: I adore the nasturtiums against the sky blue here and the rubber duck. It treads that fine line of being good fun and accomplished.  

Hero says: Bright, fun and I love the use of the old sinks and playful rubber duck. Wonder how the neighbours feel about that very chunky windchime!

Muddy Sundowner

Toby says: Cosy, colourful and inviting, the perfect place for a ‘bubble party’ (with bubbles) Good colour-matching too with flowers that echo the fabrics.

Laetitia says: I love the way this elevated terrace has been styled with plenty of texture and colour, an inviting place to lounge AND the obligatory bunting! 

Hero says: A horizontal sundowner spot – my kind of set up! Drink with your friends until you slide down the sofa. It’s a feminine, inviting space too which I love.

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