Wow… what happens to the time, I say every day that I am going to achieve this, this and this, but the list never seems to get any smaller and the day goes by. (I need to address this life time issue). So sorry guys for such a long time between posts. Anyhoo…
We have been busy trying to finish the house off, having lots of people to stay, which is great as they make a house a home with the memories, and we have been playing in the garden. Not sure where to start with the update, but outside seems as good a place as any.
You may remember that my Handy Husband created a lovely potting shed for me. He knows the way to my heart. Well this year as we are starting to landscape the garden he increased the number of raised beds for me too. I found that last year there just wasn’t enough space for all the things I wanted to grow. Below is how it used to look before the upgrade.
So we added in two more raised beds and also reused some low fence panels that we had salvaged from the garden before we started deconstruction. They work well to break up the spaces between where we want to put our patio and the more functional space of the vegetable garden. Also the low fence will work well as support for a couple of roses that i want to train along the length of it.
We gravelled an area to the side of the potting shed, mainly because we didn’t want to use up all the reclaimed bricks, but also to add in a change of surface texture to add interest. I’ve put here my tin bath and made a pond again. Early stages with the pond, but it will eventually look good. Plus its great for the birds to have somewhere to drink water and bathe in.
The inside of the potting shed is also looking very productive. I’ve been busy sowing seeds and potting on seedlings. I added more shelving in here as well.
So the sun is shining and I need to get out and potter. Hope you have a good weekend.
It didn’t rain yesterday, yay, and so I went in the garden to do a bit of tidying up. I haven’t been out there for one reason or another for months. The rain has made everything very soggy and muddy, and it’s cold and I seem to be able to find other things to do rather than get out there.
But I’m so glad I did! The sun almost shone and with five layers on it was fairly warm… But oh how wonderful to see that baby shoots are poking their heads up above the dead leaves. The shoots are the freshest green and look so clean and pure it brings joy to my heart. (sorry getting quite over the top there) It’s just that they look so lovely and I want the nice weather to come back and I’m just so fed up of the rain.
Enough chat – here they are.
This plant was given to me by my lovely friend Lucy. She is the font of all knowledge on plants and gardening. It has been doing very well in the shady corner of a North facing border in quite heavy clay. The perfect architectural plant, with big glossy leaves.
This clematis is again on the north side of a fence – and as with all clematis likes to have it’s feet in the shade and it’s head in the sun. I had about a dozen very showy flowers on it last year, and it seems to be very happy, so maybe it will give me more this summer. They are almost pure white and about 5 inches in diameter with very pretty reddish centres. The best thing about it though is the deer don’t eat it! YAY.
These sedum are again from my lovely friend Lucy (yes she has single handedly stocked much of my garden) I did have them out in the front, but the pesky deer just munched them to the ground and especially the flowers (grrr) but I moved them to the back garden which is protected by a very high fence and so far the deer haven’t been in there. Not that I am obsessed about the deer (small twitch in left eye) but I can’t afford to feed them plants from the nursery, they could at least eat the weeds – that would be more useful. But I digress, these sedum are great doers. They look great when just in leaves, the flowers last for ever and the butterflies and bees love them.
These large Ox eye daisies are coming on well too. Once I cut down last year’s stalks they looked much prettier.
And finally the rhubarb. I would love to get a couple of those terracotta forcing pots for the rhubarb.
I hope you got out and about this weekend and dodged the rain.
Well today the rain is falling and has done so since about 10 this morning. It is now 7 in the evening and it is pitch black outside, so I guess winter is well on its way. Boo! I did manage however to get out into my garden for a couple of hours yesterday and it was wonderful. Sheltered and sunny and it had that lovely crisp autumn feel about the air. The earth was smelling great, that heady aroma of rotting vegetation and leaves, and my friend the robin was hopping around in the holes I was digging.
I took a few photos of the last few blooms in the garden at the moment. They all seem to have that faded glamour of autumn about them. As though they know they don’t have to compete with the fashionistas of summer. I particularly like the hydrangea panniculata – the faded green with a tinge of pink around the edges, and of course the salvias at the moment are beautiful.
These were the last of my beetroots from my little raised beds.
Well I had a great time at the Meet the Blogger conference in Amsterdam. I met some really wonderful ladies who blog from all over Europe and the UK. It is amazing how small the world really is! There were some really inspiring talks at the conference. Victoria from sfgirlbybay had very interesting ideas on style and content which I will hopefully put into practice in the not too distant future.
Also at the conference was Tina Fussell from Flying House. Tina spoke from the heart about staying motivated in blogging and if it doesn’t feel right don’t do it! Sound advice. Tina is a great photographer and has some really beautiful images from Amsterdam on her blog. Do check them out.
I thought I would add in some of my own images from the trip. I think Amsterdam is one of my top 5 cities, and it certainly helped that the sun shone and we had clear blue skies the whole time we were there.
Of course there are a lot of bicycles in Amsterdam, I couldn’t resist this one.
I happened to be on the canal at the right time to snap this one of the train and the lifting bridge. I just love the yellow against the blues and the rhythm of the bridge.
And of course flowers… the perfect doorstep arrangement!