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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

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

It is what it is.

Today started very early.  A bit too early, if I'm honest - by eleven o'clock I was ready for my lunch.  But I've held off and been busy in the garden.  When planning the day it didn't look anything like this, but then that's surely one of the upsides of being 'at home'?  One of the sitting areas in the garden has become a favourite and because of that I want to make it even better - more fragrance, more colour more shape - so there's  now a beautiful hole dug waiting for a bare rooted Boscobel David Austin rose arriving any day soon and some lavender plants already in. 

But here's what's happening in the garden today:









The smell from the last plant - mahonia - is pretty overwhelming.  And it seems I'm not the only one affected in that way.  Curled up under it, in amongst the cushions of hardy geraniums is a sleepy hedgehog.  He turned as I was pottering about, then simply rolled over and went back to sleep.
I don't think I was part of his plans for the day either.

P xx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Turning up

Last year in the garden all was not great, and it started in the late winter/early spring.  There's a window of opportunity, maybe a week, sometimes two, when everything just needs sorting.  Detritus cleared away, clematis cut back, as many weeds as possible removed.  There's a little bit of self-deception going on - Oh, I've managed to get away with it this year! - but ultimately it shows when that early work hasn't been done. So, when everything started flowering in the spring proper, all seemed great.  But eventually it all looked like a weed paradise. To be honest, not a look I really want to cultivate. This year, I've made the effort; and once you're doing it there's no real effort anyway, just joy.  One whole long border has been done, someone has been booked to take away all the old garden furniture, plans have been imagined and drawn up, plants have been sorted.  This year WILL be very different.







And alongside all of the work - photographs of pretty much everything I'm afraid. 

Apart from the garden the spring is making me want to sew again; not too sure what right now, but I think I'll make a start by going through the fabric stash and seeing what patterns are hidden away.

The light is everything.

P xx