I love Halloween and Fireworks night because it keeps us outside for that bit longer before we really feel the need to hibrinate. We truly get to experience the fall in it’s full colour and glory and appreciate what’s around us in nature. It also helps us get into the spirit of planting and decorating outside for those firework parties. Lots of spray on cobweb around this year but there is nothing like the real thing though to create true atmosphere.
Cobwebs in the early morning dew. Each one is like a unique piece of woven lace
Now is a good time to start sowing seeds – any flowers of your choice – for an abundance of colour from summer through to Autumn
Popppies are prolific self seeders and once you plant them in your garden they will continue to self seed every year over the years – they provide a late spring/an early summer colourful display and the bees just can’t get enough of them either
Whether you choose the traditional red or a colourful mix of orange and yellow they will bring sunshine to your garden everyday
And then have fun after the blooms fade pressing the flowers and making your own creations for cards, decorating present wrapping etc
Marigolds are another prolific seed producer. Once you get them in your garden you can collect the seeds annually and sow again in early Spring to produce colourful displays for your summer garden. They don’t tend to self seed like the poppies so best to hand collect the seeds once the flowers have faded. Best grown in pots as the snails love these too! But try not to use slug pellets. When hedgehogs eat the slugs they ingest the pellets too and this in turn destroys them and upsets the whole delicate ecological balance.
Sunshine on a rainy day
and have some fun pressing the flowers…………. to make your own unique creations
Valentines day here it is again and for those of you who hate all the cheesey things that sometimes come with the day remember it doesn’t have to be that way. Keep the flag for love flying high and keep romance alive. It doesn’t have to be an endurance meal out in the company of couples forced into looking like they are having a good time. Make it your own.
Sit outside and enjoy the night sky together even if it is pea soup.
This cute shelter, complete with love seat, was crafted from the thick branches of the elderflower that was cut back last year. A great place to sit even in the rain.
Just add some champagne on ice and a couple of glasses, squeeze into a love seat under the starry sky and cuddle up for love
some chocolate and love hearts to complete the perfect moment
There is nothing more romantic than making your own present. A hand made card or painting are often appreciated even more than the most expensive gift because it is real and comes from the heart
Love you tweetie pie! (pressed flowers and plant seeds on recycled paper)
Paint your own
A flock of love hearts (acrylic on canvas)
True love captured for ever
Watching the sun set together
With ample blossom, snowdrops and the beginnings of the narcissi blooming about it would appear that Spring is emerging. Time perhaps to start thinking about getting seeds in for cultivating your summer window boxes and baskets. As bedding can get quite expensive why not save seeds from last years pots and plant them to grow your own blooms this summer. If you have already discarded all of these remember there is always another chance at the end of the summer blooming season.
I especially love French marigolds for their bright colourful display and their easiness to grow and maintain. I usually have them in abundance
Keep summer going for longer with these zesty coloured marigolds that stay blooming well into September and October if the weather is mild
extract the tiny seeds from dead flower heads. Happy cultivating there is nothing more satisfying.
As I plan some summer projects for the garden and search for inspiration I look back on the pictures of last summer that transport me to another world a million miles from the stark cold days we are experiencing at the moment. It gives me hope and where there is hope there is life despite the current governments efforts to destroy it as we know it. There seems to be an upward trend in friendliness from mankind in general so go on do your bit to spread that love. If you don’t already, smile to passer by’s in the street in your neighbourhood. You will be amazed at how good it will make you (and them) feel.
For now keep going with and enjoying the winter walks even if it is too cold to take your hands out of your pockets to use the camera 🙂
On the rare occasions when the temperature becomes unbearable escape to the cool woods who needs air conditioning
- The perfect sculpture – created by nature
Serene Green – calms the mind
Cool Clear Water
Getting up close and personal
Nothing says it better than roses
I “heart” nature
When my small front patch was a pile of rubble of mud a few years ago it was hard to believe that it would ever become the space that only existed in my head. Although I had drawn a rough plan of how it would be I knew that my image of the finished, matured project would take time coming and would evolve on the way. There is still the maturing of the two small bay trees, that I added, to come but apart from that the wild flowers have certainly settled into the space and have helped create a feeling that the garden has always existed as a space in time. Although I have done my best to photograph the space (it’ a new camera and am still learning about exposure 🙂 ) I always think that spaces are for feeling and there is no better way to view a garden than to walk amongst it – although you can get pleasure from viewing a garden – it’s real true sense only becomes apparent when you get in there!
The choice of natural stone fitted in well as it instantly gives a feeling of age – the laurels and the bays take the space back to its Edwardian roots
in two easy years
The structuring and planting took less than a week and the naturalising of the flowers settled into a feeling of “I’ve lived here a lifetime” in two years.
I love the way the moss has naturally over time created a base for it all and the stepping stones sit happily amongst it all.
The space is cyclical and seasonal – the laurel backdrop feature wall and moss carpet interspersed with natural stepping stones and planted with bays and evergreen ferns create all year round interest and greenery
Spring gently announces itself with the some pretty yellow narcissi and purple muscari, swiftly followed by a burst of forget-me-nots and bluebells, getting it all in the full swing
As summer arrives so do the yellow and orange and yellow poppies, dancing in the sunshine
The yearly work is done by nature – now that is a true gardeners paradise – all of the beauty and none of the back ache
As the spring fest fades the arrival of beautiful tall white flowers around the birdbath is anticipated and coupled with an overflowing hanging basket of white trailing Bacopa and geraniums the summer look will be complete
Now all that is left is for me to enjoy on a daily basis being greeted with a delicious feast for the senses as I walk in and out of the house every day. Oh the joys of nature – how could we live without it!
Now that the weather is warming up the birds are back busily about feeding and bathing, delighting us all. We all plant to encourage wildlife into the garden so why not get creative and add decorative interest whilst you are at it for any creatures that will benefit? There is nothing more delightful than watching birds have a drink and a wash from various vessels that I have distributed about the garden – it gives a real chance to connect with and enjoy nature at it’s best. Encourage and enjoy wildlife in your outside space any which way you can. Below are some ideas how to do just that.
When the birds are not bathing the petals are floating!
The birds love to have a drink and and a wash from this small decorative wall hanging vessel. It is placed close to the back door so I can watch them close up from inside
This free standing bird bath makes a great centrepiece or can add mysterious interest tucked away in a corner. Mine is placed underneath a climbing jasmine which likes to collect and prettily float the falling flowers as the summer grooves on.
The stone birdbath sits amongst the woodland and ferns providing a shady and quiet spot at the end of the garden for the birds to bathe.
The stone becomes more naturalised over time gathering moss
This decorative bowl provides another source for the birds to wash and drink
The rustic hand made bird box filled with seeds provides food and a place for birds to nest
If left undisturbed and placed in a high up sheltered spot the birds will move in over time
Des Res – who wouldn’t love to live here!
Cut out a coconut shell and fill it with seeds. This one is hanging in a tree by my bedroom window it is a delightful to watch the birds feed and the singing is second to none
Adding a bug box will give the bugs have an undisturbed home and existence amongst all the reorganising and spring cleaning on the patio as well ad adding colour and decorative interest.
The shift in seasons has meant that everything in the garden is blooming about a month later than usual. But thankfully this year they are all still doing their thing. Last year during March it was so wet and soggy and lacking in sunshine that the alliums (which are from the onion family and prefer dryer conditions) didn’t even bloom at all. However this year they have come back in full force and whilst their usual habit is to bloom at the end of April early May, they didn’t bloom until end of May and are still in bloom even though it is nearly mid June.
The Bluebells came and went in April
the forget me nots are still lingering on well into June – insisting not to be forgotten
The orange lillies under the apple tree which have bloomed the first week of June every year like clockwork since I planted them there 10 years ago, still don’t look like they are anyway nearly ready to come into bloom – another couple of weeks perhaps? So the general feel for everything is the blooming time has shifted forward by about a month.
The Poppies seem to be enjoying themselves though and are flowering abundantly and prolifically for the past month with no signs of fading just yet
Yellow and Orange Poppies
Golden Wonders bringing in a ray of sunshine even on dull summer days
The unseasonally cold weather for this year might be keeping us all indoors but I am happy to say that it has not stopped the flowers in the garden coming out to play and cheering me up no end. It might not feel like summer outside but when I look out into the garden it is giving me hope it might arrive any day soon!
Party on Plants!
Whether you have an expansive football pitch or a tiny terrace plant it with passion. Planting an evergreen backdrop and a rotation of perennials (plants that will relentlessly pop up every year) for each season will ensure your space has colour and vibrancy all year round. It is a formula that will work in most spaces. Planting en mass is always an eye catcher and keeping your selection of specimens to a minimum will ensure your space looks relaxed and natural and doesn’t end up looking like a mismatched patchwork. Keeping the colour palate simple will also help make sure that plants will make maximum impact with minimum effort. Start simply – it always easier to add on afterwards if the desired effect hasn’t been achieved first time round.
An expanse of tulips interspersed with primroses would make an equal impact on a small patio planted in containers, troughs or window boxes.
For early spring a simlar effect could be achieved using narcissi interspersed with snowdrops and muscari or for late spring try planting bluebells and primroses. Forget-me-nots are also a useful self seeder that look great with all the spring flowers. The combination of colours and plants is yours to choose.
May Peace Be With You
White Tulips and Chrysanthemum
White Tulips and chrysanthemums
Pretty in Pink –
Tulips and Wallflowers
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
Yellow Tulips and Orange Wallflowers
Spring is the visible beginning of the gardening year and a good time to excite your interest for the rest of the year. Mark your calender for next autumn to remind you to plant some spring bulbs for next spring or get some ready grown ones in for this year before it is too late. The daffodils are already beginning to fade but this can only mean they are making room for the tulips and bluebells to have their proud moment on stage.
Don’t be afraid to pack them in!
Happy Spring Planting
ahoy me hearties
It’s a long time coming – Spring. The unseasonally harsh cold weather has kept the blooms at bay, which is probably a good thing as in previous springs that have burst forth early in all their glory, blooms have been nipped in the bud days after their splendour has arrived depriving us of the crown, the many more blooming weeks that should have been to come. So far it is really only the primroses and daffodils that have been brave enough to poke their pretty heads through in the garden. The muscari are trying hard and heres hoping that before long they will make it through, which may be a sign that we can all thaw out and enjoy some warm spring sunshine. Winter may not have left us left but nature is still doing it’s thing albeit at a lot slower pace than usual.
“Break on through to the other side”
The daffodils have made it!
Pop a daffodil bowl on the patio table
The narcissi have now naturalised around my garden – truly making it feel like Easter even if the uncharacteristic cold weather isn’t
This planted up Easter window box of polyanthus at the back of my garden is just about surviving the long cold snap, some of the blooms are looking a bit frost bitten (so were my hands when I quickly planted them last week!)
whilst this pale of the wild primroses that pop up every year seem to be standing up to it all with a smile on their face
The muscari which have naturalised in the garden are struggling through with frost bitten leaves, whilst the ones in the window boxes have decided not to brave it at all yet. Usually by now they are giving a spectacular display alongside the narcissus
Did you speak?
Nature is not giving up as the drake chats up Ms duck
Neither should we
It’s never too cold for a chat and a stroll, with the lovely Asheebee