Garden Snapshots

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This amazing Cosmos (?) was bought as a tiny 4cm mystery from a school plant sale in the spring. It is almost as tall as me now and still flowering profusely.

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I’m waiting for the washing machine repair man and doing a quick blog is a good way to make the time fly.  These photos were taken late September, everything in them is still going strong despite Autumn being well and truly here.

I thought he would come as soon as I started this – wrong!

 

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Flower Patch

 

the patch ready for planting
the patch ready for planting

How could the last post have been 11 April? That really that is a long time and I’m glad to be back.

After the works last year I was determined to have more flowers in the garden this year and to make the most of what was already there. Up at the back right was a bit of garden that Dad had as his wee veg patch and he had bravely planted some asparagus. I waited and waited for it to come and show some spiky presence for 2 years but nothing at all happened, all that did happen was lots of weeds and the little plastic label with ‘asparagus’ in Dad’s distinctive hand writing was hidden amongst them. I have kept the label but I did give up all hope of asparagus ever growing. A flower patch was my vision and here’s how it is going so far.

All the seeds are in the ground, invisibly doing their stuff.
All the seeds are in the ground, invisibly doing their stuff.

In the spring I planted 2 daisy type plants which were super cheap from Ikea, 2 Euphorbia and lots and lots of seeds. Sweet Peas were planted at the bottom of a very rickety home made cane pyramid effort.  At the time it felt like nothing would ever fill that space and that I would need to wait forever.  The sweet peas took a really long time to do anything but now they are huge and starting to flower.  I have picked every single flower so they look rather boring now. I’ll get a photo once more flowers are out. I think this all planted at the beginning of April, probably about the time I did my last post.

teeny tine sweet peas
teeny tiny sweet peas

Now there are loads of cornflowers of different colours and a couple of other plants that are probably weeds or may be flowers on their way – I’m wary of pulling anything up in case it is going to be a flower.

bloomin cornflowers - or nearly, I've chopped all the ones in bloom for the posy
bloomin cornflowers – or nearly, I’ve chopped all the ones in bloom for the posy

 

Yesterday I made my first actual posy using flowers from my flower patch, what a delight, it smelt amazing.  The best part was being able to use it as a gift to a friend.  The garden needs a lot of work but I am already thinking about the next little flower patch and what flowers I will grow.

The first harvest of sweet peas and cornflowers
The first harvest of sweet peas and cornflowers

 

The only produce that comes from our garden is rhubarb and apples which have been there for years.  The rhubarb is amazing, just keeps on growing with no pampering at all.  Did you know that farmed forced rhubarb grows so fast in the dark sheds that you can hear it! Amazing fact for the day – apparently it sounds like squeaking.

First rhubarb harvested - made a splendid crumble.
First rhubarb harvested – made a splendid crumble.

 

Well, that’s all for now, do have a look at my Pinterest pages – I’ve added loads, for some reason I cannot get the link to work but you can press the logo at the top right to go straight there.

Have a great weekend and big love to a special couple who got married today, you know who you are, x

Yesterday’s Favourite Spots

I have pots of daffodils everywhere at the moment - cost so little and give so much joy
I have pots of daffodils everywhere at the moment – cost so little and give so much joy
the far corner in the garden room with the sun streaming in
the far corner in the garden room with the sun streaming in, the painting was done by my parents’ friend, it’s called Vertigo 1 from 1962 and restored in 1990 by the artist (Derek Blackwood)
the campie in the front room made by the girls - funny how everyone wants to be in the front room now it's more attractive
the campie in the front room made by the girls – funny how everyone wants to be in the front room now it’s more attractive
Yes, I've been trying out more furniture in the hall, this kist was used by my grandma when she went off to be a nurse in Dundee
Yes, I’ve been trying out more furniture in the hall, this kist was used by my grandma when she went off to be a nurse in Dundee (it had a blue Ikea bag for the charity shop on it after about 5 mins, it will attract stuff to it obviously)
Two more books from the library, highly recommended for decorating ideas if the polished interior decorator look is not for you. Making a House Your Home - Clare Nolan Creative Family Home - Ashlyn Gibson
Two more books from the library, highly recommended for decorating ideas if the polished interior decorator look is not for you.
Making a House Your Home – Clare Nolan
Creative Family Home – Ashlyn Gibson