Monthly Archives: Apr 2020

It’s a pond life…..

So today rain was due in the afternoon. On this mornings list was to clean out the pond filters and tidy the waterfalls. However Suzy had other ideas which was quite a good call as the rain in the afternoon going into the evening was really heavy. Shoes on and off Suzy and I went for a walk down the road and around part of the country park. There was a man wizzing around on his sit on lawnmower cutting the grass paths wider so everyone can carry on social distancing without walking through the rapidly growing long grass.

Once back it was time for freshly baked croissants and Damson jam before tackling the algae in the pond. Whilst waiting for the croissants, two very cheeky doves decided they would like our moss that’s on an ornamental bird house for there own nest!

Pond maintenance went well so I decided to pot up one of my aubergine plants. I’d seen an old dustbin around the car port and it didn’t look like it had a home or being used for anything so a few holes were drilled and it’s now been up cycled into a pot for the aubergine. When I was replacing it in the greenhouse there was a loud noise outside. Rain! Wow didn’t see that coming. As I started to potter tidying the shed I suddenly remembered I’d left the house phone on the table on the patio. It’s had a lovely wash now and hopefully still works.

Aubergine plant

Time to relax, spend a bit of time sewing and pop out into the garden in between the rain to take some photos of the flowers bursting into life after their shower.

Another highlight of our lockdown day today, it’s shopping delivery day. Hooray. Who would have thought we would all get so excited about bags of fresh food making their way into the house. I could get used to this not going to the supermarket.

The first purple rhododendron coming into flower.
The alliums open more than this morning.
The first of the rose buds.
A gift from the birds I think. I don’t remember planting it.
Star of Bethlehem.
Rebecca doing very well, fingers crossed the rain doesn’t damage it to much.
Digitalis coming into bud.

Recently you may may remember I spent awhile collecting the snails in the garden and disposing of them. Well I’m please to report that the snail count today has remained considerable lower and no chomping of precious plants.

Now slight change of topic. Next Friday, 8th May is the 75th anniversary of the VE Day celebrations. I saw the below poster on a local face book group so Ben and I are planning on having our own mini event. We will be putting out our bunting, not red white and blue as ours is pretty soft colours to match our last Campervan and wearing something Red, white and Blue. We shall enjoy cake and some other surprise treats and just spoil ourselves a little in this challenging time. Why not join us virtually and then send us your pictures of either your decorations or indulgent treats?

So that’s our day today. I should mention when I woke at stupid o’clock today (breakfast was at 4.30am) the leaves on the new tree were still attached to the wall. Phew. I had visions of them going curly in the night like the slippery fish you get out of Christmas crackers. Night everyone x x

Who is this teenager wearing Bens clothes??

Suzy had me up early this morning as the crows had been winding her up and she felt the need to bark at them from the garden. It was 5am! Back to bed for a while with a cup of tea to think about our day ahead and check the weather report. By 7am we both needed breakfast and were about to get up again when we heard a strange noise. Not the crows this time but Ben! Wow. It’s before 2pm and he is wide awake and human. So we all trotted off downstairs for breakfast and it was decided that as it was due to rain in the afternoon we would take Suzy out this morning and walk to the woods behind our country park.

It really has started out quite warm today and bright. As we approached the woods we were met by carpets of bright bluebells. They always make me smile and they are dads favourite flower so we took lots of pictures for him.

After our lovely wander through the woods we went home for a cup of coffee and for me to have a tour of the garden. It’s so amazing to see how everything grows at double the speed when it has rained. Ben will be pleased he gets to cut the grass again so soon 😄

The strawberry plants seem double the height than a few days ago.

Refreshed and refuelled I decided I felt in the mood to tackle our wall art. Last March we had our hall and landing redecorated. We chose a plain colour and Rich and I found a transfer that we both really liked to brighten up the plain wall up along the stairs. Finally a few months ago we got round to ordering it but sadly it was delayed and it arrived whilst Rich was in the hospice. Now some of you know about his passion for tree climbing so, yes you guessed it. We now have a tree in our hallway.

I was surprised how easy it was to put up albeit time consuming but with Bens help and four hours later I was happy with the end result.

Just a few leaves to add.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like the black tree trunk but Ben and Rich had both said it would look great and they were not wrong. It’s so striking. I’m so pleased.

At some point over the next few days I hope to continue the next wall with something else Rich and I chose to do.

After all of that concentration I took some time out to wander round the garden looking to see what has sprung into life this afternoon. That and to take a few more snails to their new home, the carrier bag.

Time for dinner which for me today was baked Camembert with garlic and honey, fresh baked baguette and chips. Ben enjoyed a good old fashioned chip butty. Can you tell we are low on supplies and the shopping is due in the morning?

Who knows what tomorrow holds, buts let’s all hope for some positivity and some sunshine between the rain x x

A strange kind of day.

Today was meant to be a relaxing kind of day after the busy garden projects. You know the kind, drink tea, stay out of the rain and put your feet up. But those of you that know me know that’s not me.

The day started by opening the greenhouse as usual and bringing some plants out to enjoy the rain. It rained the majority of the day which is ok when your garden needs it.

It was meant to be a ten minute job, but I got distracted and decided to pop a couple of the cherry tomato plants into the recently sprayed hanging basket.

Cherry tomatoes.

As I was about to go indoors I spotted some snails happily munching their way through some of the plants. The rain really does bring them out of their hiding places. So armed with gloves and a carrier bag Suzy and I worked our way round the garden collecting them all and tying the bag up to dispose of them.

This was to be repeated a few times throughout the day. Very therapeutic in a strange kind of way.

It reminded me that I still needed to make my snail and slug wash. I’d read up that it was a good organic way to stop them chomping on your delicate plants. So whilst lunch was cooking I boiled up two garlic bulbs in two pints of water and left it outside to cool. Once cool I strained the garlic and put the water into bottles ready to attack the little blighters. I shall let you know how we get on.

Snail and slug repellent.

After some time spent with Ben once he finally got out of bed it was time to cook dinner and unwind with some sewing.

Home made spaghetti carbonara with tomatoes.

So what will tomorrow hold? More rain according to the weather forecast. Hopefully this will help our new wild flower meadow to spring in to life. I’ll leave you with today’s rhododendron photo x

Garden Project – Phase four

I woke this morning thinking I’d just plant a couple of plants in the new border then relax for the remainder of the day. Oh how the day can change!

The new border needed a rake over to remove yet more stones. Then I planted a new ornamental grass in place and decided to plant some gladioli, foxglove and Nigella seeds in a small part along with an echinacea that id managed to grow.

New grass’s in place.
Gladioli, Foxgloves and Nigella planted along with a new Echinacea.

More lettuce needed putting in and I needed to see how the veg pots are coming along (very exciting as the carrots are coming into life)

Red carrots.
Radish.

Feeling quite tired today as I hadn’t had much sleep so after lunch it appeared I had a few hours sleep. I woke with the sun beaming through the window. I checked the weather to see rain forecast for the next few days. Some may not be happy by this but I’m delighted as I may have mentioned before.

Time for change of plans. No time for sewing today. May as well make the most of this gorgeous weather and the forecasted rain and commence phase four of the garden project.

Rich and I had planned to turn part of the lower garden into a wild flower meadow. It isn’t a huge space but we were really keen to encourage more bees and butterflies into the garden. That and Monty made it look so easy.

So as rain is forecast I pulled myself together and got started on our phase four.

The area ready to be prepped.

Who needs a gym when you have a garden? Firstly I had to mow the lawn. Ben kindly mowed the rest so that I could crack on with this area. Then it needed to be raked. I did try this with a manual rake but the ground is so hard I wasn’t getting anywhere. So out came the rake machine. It’s like a lawn mower but rakes. It’s so addictive 😄 Then Monty had a prong type tool to really scrape the ground. I sort of have one. My magic tool that worked well in the new border. The trouble is it doesn’t have a long handle so on my hands and knees I worked my way across. It’s amazing how much moss ect still came up after using the rake machine. The point I was trying to get to is to be able to see bare patches between the grass.

Mummy’s little helper just happens to sit right where I am trying to work.
Bare patches of grass ready for seeding.

Now for the exciting part. I’d bought two mixes of wildflower seeds as I couldn’t decide, so after mixing them together with some sand I set about broadcasting them into the prepared space. Following this you have to stand on them to ensure contact with the soil. Another dance move and workout.

Wild meadow and Summer meadow mix.
Seed and sand mix.
Doing the stomp dance.

How rewarding to stand back and see what you have achieved, then to think how do I stop a certain Suzy pooing on it!

Out came the posts and string and I managed to set a temporary fence. Fingers crossed it works. Lightly watered, rain due phew.

Suzy fencing.

Time to tidy up and check on the greenhouse. It’s getting so close to planting out time.

Some of you may remember I mentioned that we are having a family Sunflower growing event. Bev sent me a photo of how hers is doing last night and I’ve added how mine has suddenly stood upright.

The cucamelons continue to break through the soil today along with some newly planted sunflowers and runner beans. It’s so refreshing.

It’s been another productive day in the garden. I may not be able to do much out there for the next few days. All depends how much it rains. Anyway I may need some indoor time to recover from my garden gym.

I’ll leave you with today’s rhododendron blossom update x

Pond by night.

Garden Project – Phase four

I woke this morning thinking I’d just plant a couple of plants in the new border then relax for the remainder of the day. Oh how the day can change!

The new border needed a rake over to remove yet more stones. Then I planted a new ornamental grass in place and decided to plant some gladioli, foxglove and Nigella seeds in a small part along with an echinacea that id managed to grow.

New grass’s in place.
Gladioli, Foxgloves and Nigella planted along with a new Echinacea.

More lettuce needed putting in and I needed to see how the veg pots are coming along (very exciting as the carrots are coming into life)

Red carrots.
Radish.

Feeling quite tired today as I hadn’t had much sleep so after lunch it appeared I had a few hours sleep. I woke with the sun beaming through the window. I checked the weather to see rain forecast for the next few days. Some may not be happy by this but I’m delighted as I may have mentioned before.

Time for change of plans. No time for sewing today. May as well make the most of this gorgeous weather and the forecasted rain and commence phase four of the garden project.

Rich and I had planned to turn part of the lower garden into a wild flower meadow. It isn’t a huge space but we were really keen to encourage more bees and butterflies into the garden. That and Monty made it look so easy.

So as rain is forecast I pulled myself together and got started on our phase four.

The area ready to be prepped.

Who needs a gym when you have a garden? Firstly I had to mow the lawn. Ben kindly mowed the rest so that I could crack on with this area. Then it needed to be raked. I did try this with a manual rake but the ground is so hard I wasn’t getting anywhere. So out came the rake machine. It’s like a lawn mower but rakes. It’s so addictive 😄 Then Monty had a prong type tool to really scrape the ground. I sort of have one. My magic tool that worked well in the new border. The trouble is it doesn’t have a long handle so on my hands and knees I worked my way across. It’s amazing how much moss ect still came up after using the rake machine. The point I was trying to get to is to be able to see bare patches between the grass.

Mummy’s little helper just happens to sit right where I am trying to work.
Bare patches of grass ready for seeding.

Now for the exciting part. I’d bought two mixes of wildflower seeds as I couldn’t decide, so after mixing them together with some sand I set about broadcasting them into the prepared space. Following this you have to stand on them to ensure contact with the soil. Another dance move and workout.

Wild meadow and Summer meadow mix.
Seed and sand mix.
Doing the stomp dance.

How rewarding to stand back and see what you have achieved, then to think how do I stop a certain Suzy pooing on it!

Out came the posts and string and I managed to set a temporary fence. Fingers crossed it works. Lightly watered, rain due phew.

Suzy fencing.

Time to tidy up and check on the greenhouse. It’s getting so close to planting out time.

Some of you may remember I mentioned that we are having a family Sunflower growing event. Bev sent me a photo of how hers is doing last night and I’ve added how mine has suddenly stood upright.

The cucamelons continue to break through the soil today along with some newly planted sunflowers and runner beans. It’s so refreshing.

It’s been another productive day in the garden. I may not be able to do much out there for the next few days. All depends how much it rains. Anyway I may need some indoor time to recover from my garden gym.

I’ll leave you with today’s rhododendron blossom update x

Pond by night.

Garden Project – Phase four

I woke this morning thinking I’d just plant a couple of plants in the new border then relax for the remainder of the day. Oh how the day can change!

The new border needed a rake over to remove yet more stones. Then I planted a new ornamental grass in place and decided to plant some gladioli, foxglove and Nigella seeds in a small part along with an echinacea that id managed to grow.

New grass’s in place.
Gladioli, Foxgloves and Nigella planted along with a new Echinacea.

More lettuce needed pitting in and I needed to see how the veg pots are coming along (very exciting as the carrots are coming into life)

Red carrots.
Radish.

Feeling quite tired today as I hadn’t had much sleep so after lunch it appeared I had a few hours sleep. I woke with the sun beaming through the window. I checked the weather to see rain forecast for the next few days. Some may not be happy by this but I’m delighted as I may have mentioned before.

Time for change of plans. No time for sewing today. May as well make the most of this gorgeous weather and the forecasted rain and commence phase four of the garden project.

Rich and I had planned to turn part of the lower garden into a wild flower meadow. It isn’t a huge space but we were really keen to encourage more bees and butterflies into the garden. That and Monty made it look so easy.

So as rain is forecast I pulled myself together and got started on our phase four.

The area ready to be prepped.

Who needs a gym when you have a garden? Firstly I had to mow the lawn. Ben kindly mowed the rest so that I could crack on with this area. Then it needed to be raked. I did try this with a manual rake but the ground is so hard I wasn’t getting anywhere. So out came the rake machine. It’s like a lawn mower but rakes. It’s so addictive 😄 Then Monty had a prong type tool to really scrape the ground. I sort of have one. My magic tool that worked well in the new border. The trouble is it doesn’t have a long handle so on my hands and knees I worked my way across. It’s amazing how much moss ect still came up after using the rake machine. The point I was trying to get to is to be able to see bare patches between the grass.

Mummy’s little helper just happens to sit right where I am trying to work.
Bare patches of grass ready for seeding.

Now for the exciting part. I’d bought two mixes of wildflower seeds as I couldn’t decide, so after mixing them together with some sand I set about broadcasting them into the prepared space. Following this you have to stand on them to ensure contact with the soil. Another dance move and workout.

Wild meadow and Summer meadow mix.
Seed and sand mix.
Doing the stomp dance.

How rewarding to stand back and see what you have achieved, then to think how do I stop a certain Suzy pooing on it!

Out came the posts and string and I managed to set a temporary fence. Fingers crossed it works. Lightly watered, rain due phew.

Suzy fencing.

Time to tidy up and check on the greenhouse. It’s getting so close to planting out time.

Some of you may remember I mentioned that we are having a family Sunflower growing event. Bev sent me a photo of how hers is doing last night and I’ve added how mine has suddenly stood upright.

The cucamelons continue to break through the soil today along with some newly planted sunflowers and runner beans. It’s so refreshing.

It’s been another productive day in the garden. I may not be able to do much out there for the next few days. All depends how much it rains. Anyway I may need some indoor time to recover from my garden gym.

I’ll leave you with today’s rhododendron blossom update x

Pond by night.

Garden Project – Phase four

I woke this morning thinking I’d just plant a couple of plants in the new border then relax for the remainder of the day. Oh how the day can change!

The new border needed a rake over to remove yet more stones. Then I planted a new ornamental grass in place and decided to plant some gladioli, foxglove and Nigella seeds in a small part along with an echinacea that id managed to grow.

New grass’s in place.
Gladioli, Foxgloves and Nigella planted along with a new Echinacea.

More lettuce needed pitting in and I needed to see how the veg pots are coming along (very exciting as the carrots are coming into life)

Red carrots.
Radish.

Feeling quite tired today as I hadn’t had much sleep so after lunch it appeared I had a few hours sleep. I woke with the sun beaming through the window. I checked the weather to see rain forecast for the next few days. Some may not be happy by this but I’m delighted as I may have mentioned before.

Time for change of plans. No time for sewing today. May as well make the most of this gorgeous weather and the forecasted rain and commence phase four of the garden project.

Rich and I had planned to turn part of the lower garden into a wild flower meadow. It isn’t a huge space but we were really keen to encourage more bees and butterflies into the garden. That and Monty made it look so easy.

So as rain is forecast I pulled myself together and got started on our phase four.

The area ready to be prepped.

Who needs a gym when you have a garden? Firstly I had to mow the lawn. Ben kindly mowed the rest so that I could crack on with this area. Then it needed to be raked. I did try this with a manual rake but the ground is so hard I wasn’t getting anywhere. So out came the rake machine. It’s like a lawn mower but rakes. It’s so addictive 😄 Then Monty had a prong type tool to really scrape the ground. I sort of have one. My magic tool that worked well in the new border. The trouble is it doesn’t have a long handle so on my hands and knees I worked my way across. It’s amazing how much moss ect still came up after using the rake machine. The point I was trying to get to is to be able to see bare patches between the grass.

Mummy’s little helper just happens to sit right where I am trying to work.
Bare patches of grass ready for seeding.

Now for the exciting part. I’d bought two mixes of wildflower seeds as I couldn’t decide, so after mixing them together with some sand I set about broadcasting them into the prepared space. Following this you have to stand on them to ensure contact with the soil. Another dance move and workout.

Wild meadow and Summer meadow mix.
Seed and sand mix.
Doing the stomp dance.

How rewarding to stand back and see what you have achieved, then to think how do I stop a certain Suzy pooing on it!

Out came the posts and string and I managed to set a temporary fence. Fingers crossed it works. Lightly watered, rain due phew.

Suzy fencing.

Time to tidy up and check on the greenhouse. It’s getting so close to planting out time.

Some of you may remember I mentioned that we are having a family Sunflower growing event. Bev sent me a photo of how hers is doing last night and I’ve added how mine has suddenly stood upright.

The cucamelons continue to break through the soil today along with some newly planted sunflowers and runner beans. It’s so refreshing.

It’s been another productive day in the garden. I may not be able to do much out there for the next few days. All depends how much it rains. Anyway I may need some indoor time to recover from my garden gym.

I’ll leave you with today’s rhododendron blossom update x

Pond by night.
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