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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Hot colours of summer

What's happening in the garden today:



The colours are changing for sure - the paler pinks and blues 
are still around, but these are the new colours.
Deeper and stronger.

P xx

Monday, 19 June 2017

Picture post

What's happening in the garden today:





Love all the blues, but this might just be my favourite image so far this year.




Sometimes you just have to enjoy what's there,
P xx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

When the world seems such a scary place......

....best stay in the garden for a while.









Planted out dahlias and russian sage. And that's pretty much the last of the planting for this summer - unless I see something special of course!

P xx

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Slow Stitching

There has been very little happening on the making front if I'm truly honest; even though
there's more time, there seems to be less inclination.  So, after clearing lots of yarn, papers and general 'stuff' from the sewing room, along with a fortuitous conversation, I'm starting a 
little embroidery.  And I love it! It's so gentle, and not heavy to hold or awkward in my hands.
A joy in fact. So, many embroidery books later, I settled on a Scandinavian one:



Because it's just for practice, I used an off-cut of curtain lining, which meant there was absolutely no pressure.


It's therapeutic in all the right ways - leaving time for thought as well as making.


And now I just want to make lots more - where's a spare pillow case?

P xx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Planning is all.

From the garden to cooking to making - planning helps it all.
Like most people I love to be spontaneous, deciding at a moment's notice
to bake or change a border or make a bag, but when faced with having to go shopping first,
well I'm easily put off! But if I make sure there's a basic supply of baking ingredients already in - I can bake those biscuits!  All of which is to say - back to making the lists, doing the preparation work before its needed and clearing out all the unnecessary stuff that accumulates
around me.  Because when that stuff is taking up space it seems
I can't concentrate.  If I don't make sure fresh lemons and ginger are
on the shopping list then I'll drink so much more coffee than I should. 
And when plants are finished then they have to be sorted as soon as the weather 
allows - otherwise the job becomes huge rather than a ten minute one.

Am I getting right all of the time?
Oh no! Not by any stretch of the imagination.
But at least I'm trying.

The garden today:












P xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Being outside

It matters.  Getting outside, breathing fresh air, working in the garden.  Whenever I spend time, regardless of the weather, just doing stuff, it always feels good. Hey ho, we all know that. But sometimes I forget about the rewards for that work.  Bless the camera.


The inside of a lily flowered tulip - just as exciting as the outside.


Tulips and wallflowers - slightly clashing, and all the better for it.


Erythronium - those curled back petals


and such graceful stems.


Ferns starting to unfurl - though to be honest, I'm not totally sure about ferns....


The pink petals and orange pollen - great to get up close.


My grandaughter insists this is a weed, but it's not possible is it?


Two tulips - Princess Irene - left over from previous Spring planting.


Bluebells in the sun.


Perfect start to May 2017.

And it's Chelsea this month too! I'll be going with a friend and a camera. Perfect combination.

P xx

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tackling Spring Head On

Faced with the sight of the garden after this past winter, I knew it was time to buckle down.  Gardens are renown for blooming in spite of the gardener, but that only lasts for so long.  Eventually, you just have to get out there and do stuff! Happily, once you actually doing it, you are reminded just how very enjoyable it is.  One thing definitely leads to another, but just being there in the garden helps - doing at least one thing each day.
And the rewards? Amazing:



Dark wallflowers with such a scent - doesn't seem quite possible.


 Dark pink hellebore - quite a display for one small plant.


More wallflowers starting to bloom - love seeing them through other plants.


The Spring patch - only gets sun in the Spring so it's best to make the most of it.


Snowy mespilus - this is the area of the garden that has been most neglected; it needed clearing of , what I can only describe as 'stuff'. The work is ongoing but at least I can see it's nearly there.  Then the joy of plant planning.

But what I shouldn't miss out is the joy of having plants to photograph - that is a brilliant way to really see what's happening in the garden.

P xx