Having more time during lockdown has meant that I could finally get around to working on the garden and make some headway on the plans I’ve been mulling over for several years now.
Every year, inspired by Kit’s garden, I’ve always planned to get more colour in our garden. But the season passes and I’m still no further on with those plans, blaming lack of time. No excuses this year. As a result, the garden is starting to look more colourful.
I’ve done a lot of digging and replanting to make way for new plants, most of which I’ve been lucky enough to get locally from a man who sells small plants he’s propagated from those in his garden. I’ve also acquired lots of cuttings from neighbours after admiring their plants while walking Vivvy around our village and the local allotment. I’ve always found gardeners to be a generous bunch – always keen to discuss plants, share knowledge, and of course hand over those cuttings!
So, here’s a small selection of the plants I’m especially loving this year. My current favourites are the hydrangeas, anemones, and peonies. I also love cutting a selection of flowers and foliage to bring into the house. My offerings are still a bit meagre, but I’m getting there – and having a whole lot of fun doing so.
And of course when the digging, planting, and tidying is done for the day, a girl just wants to find a shady nook for a well-deserved afternoon nap:
Whatever you’re doing this summer, have fun!
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Well, that was a slow month! And not because of lockdown either. Strange times, but the restrictions in place haven’t impacted on us as much as it might on others. For Dave and me this is our usual way of … Continue reading
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And in blows November. Chilly winds, dark mornings, dark earlier of an evening. And frosts. Here in my little part of the UK we’ve had several hard frosts. The garden survived the first few, but succumbed to the last one. … Continue reading
Last weekend I packed away my summer clothes having spent the previous few days and nights shivering as the weather turned chilly. I dug out my autumn/winter gear and with regret said goodbye to tee shirts and linen trousers for the foreseeable future. Then back came the sun!
It’s unseasonably hot and sunny here in the UK right now with temperatures in the mid to late 20s.. Yesterday was the hottest autumn day in England since the 1890s. We’re all enjoying an Indian Summer At least we humans are. The poor plants and insects are finding things pretty confusing.
Gardeners at Kew Gardens report that plants are flowering as if it’s spring, with some shrubs displaying flowers even as their leaves change colour ready for autumn.
The insects are confused, too. In early September, when the weather here grew really chilly, the spiders started their annual autumnal march into the house searching for warmth. Now all is quiet with this warm weather and I just hope that when this hot spell is over, we don’t have another invasion of the creepy crawlies inside the home. Once a year is enough, thank you 🙂
We have a few more days of good weather forecast, so we’re heading out this weekend to make the most of it. Dogs are allowed on the beaches here in the UK from today, so looks like Zorro will get his first taste of the seaside.
Wherever you are in the world, have a great weekend.
The Chelsea Flower Show is now in full swing here in the UK. It’s held every year in May, runs for five days and is considered one of the most famous gardening shows in the world. Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. The show attracts well over 150,000 visitors and this number is limited only because of the ground’s capacity.
As part of the royal patronage of the RHS, members of the Royal Family attend a preview of the show and the show itself is a favourite venue for celebrities who are often snapped alongside the exhibits, especially if they have a new type of flower named after them.
Tickets are always much sought after and the show sells out pretty quickly. I didn’t get a ticket this year, but there’s great coverage on TV so I’ve still managed to have my annual fix. On the show’s website, there’s a great feature called “Take Chelsea Home” which offers ideas for getting the “Chelsea look” in your own garden. I’m especially interested in attracting more wildlife into my garden, so I’m particularly interested in the ideas to get the garden buzzing with life. Also trying my hand at growing vegetables this year and have planted tomatoes, runner beans, spinach, lettuce and soft fruit bushes. Fingers crossed.
Now I’m off to dream about what flower I’d like to have named after me…hmm, I think, because I love spring, it would have to be a soft lilac tulip tinged with white, but then I love summer too, so maybe a terracotta rose basking in the sunlight and enjoying the warmth.
What flower would you choose to have named after you?