Today’s Tuesday Treat is garden related because it’s finally sunny!
One of the reasons I’ve been waiting for summer is for my plants to grow. I’ve only got a few plants in pots as the garden is being renovated. The rain has made everything slow down, but finally, I saw a red strawberry!
I know it looks a bit odd, but that’s half the charm! It was very tasty, so much nicer than the strawberries you buy in some big supermarkets. Yesterday I sat out in the garden and had to take a picture of the sky – it was blue and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! So beautiful & such a long time coming that I thought that it should be shared.
How blue is that sky?! It almost makes up for the months of rain, doesn’t it?! Anyway, long may it continue because my strawberry plants are growing & the strawberries in the picture below have turned red since yesterday morning. I can’t wait to eat them!
A little while ago I wrote a blog post about the plants I’d put in the pots in my garden. I wasn’t entirely convinced it would work, especially the salad. But, after all the rain and the little glimpses of sun, my salad has grown so much it has to be eaten!
I think the salad plants really like the rain. I would’ve picked some yesterday but it was raining! I am so pleased that this worked as we eat a lot of salad at Crafty Chai towers. So hopefully this pot will keep us going quite a bit throughout the ‘summer’! I have no idea what the salad plants are but they are quite tasty and each of the different plants have their own distinct flavour. My neighbour gave me quite a good tip to help protect them slugs & snails. Smear vaseline around the top of the pots. It’s really worked well, though I always forget I’ve done this & get covered every time I touch the pots!
Sadly, the cherry tomato plants aren’t coping with the rain quite as well. The toms in the picture above aren’t from the garden. I’ve got lots of flowers on the plants, which is good, but they look a bit bedraggled from all the rain. They, like the rest of the nation, need some sunshine! I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’ll come soon. Home grown tomatoes are lush.
The garden is being completely overhauled. We’re replacing the fence and the shed & not a moment too soon. Both are about to collapse! But while this is going on, we can’t plant anything as the borders aren’t ready for it. However, I do have quite a nice array of pots. Inspired by this post over on The Green Gal, I decided time had come to fill them.
When I was small, we grew these in the borders of my Mum’s house & I always remember them. They were on offer at the local garden centre so thought I’d give them a go. They always make me smile!
This is a lovely little pink flower, not sure what it’s called. It looked really pretty (and it was quite cheap!) so thought I’d pick it up. I don’t know much about soil type etc so just give things a go and hope for the best!
One of the main reasons we’re working on the garden is because we want to grow our own veg as much as possible. So when I saw these salad leaves (on offer) and that they were suitable for pots I thought I’d give them a go. To be honest, I didn’t hold out much hope as I planted a lot in a small space. But on visiting another garden centre, I saw they had them the same so felt that they should be ok. And they are growing! So much so, I’m going to have to start trimming them. Never had home grown salad before! So excited!
Last year I grew some tomatoes very successfully. I put them in a grow bag & let nature take its course. They were delicious. This year, I wanted something that I could put in a pot. I think these are the ‘Tom Thumb’ variety, which means they are easy to grow cherry toms that don’t require any pinching out. They have already got flowers on them & they’ve only been in a week! Can’t wait to eat them – there’s nothing like fresh toms. I’ve also put a few strawberry plants in a pot, so fingers are firmly crossed that they’ll produce something.
I had a few plants left over & needed another pot so bought this little purple flower to give the pot some height. It seems to be holding it’s own!
And this is the pot that inspired all the others. It was a gift for my recent birthday from my OH’s mum. It’s one of the best presents I’ve had! And I love it. While all the other pots are slowly growing, this one is full & grown. All I have to do is maintain it!
What else can you do on a long bank holiday weekend but shop? I wanted to go to Witney as I’ve never been there before, it’s local and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.
On the way we stopped off at Aston Pottery. I follow them on Twitter & I love pottery so we headed there. They have plenty of pottery for you to choose from, as well as other little gifts. We didn’t venture to the cafe this time as we’d not long had brunch but I will be going back soon to try out their tea!
We then headed to Witney & after a mooch about the high street, we found the knitting shop. Unfortunately it was closed but next to it was The Old Pill Factory & they weren’t closed! I think I’ve found my new favourite shop! I really like antique/vintage shops and this one didn’t disappoint. I could have spent all day here. They had loads of vintage bits & pieces for your home and tons of vintage fabrics. I couldn’t leave without a Mason jar & some lovely vintage green buttons. I’d never seen one of the blue Mason jars before, except on Pinterest! I’m so chuffed to have my own. It’s currently on my windowsill until I can find a better home for it.
It was the perfect start to the weekend. The only downside was my lunch at Hacketts. It was a very bland and tasteless mushroom risotto. None of my party was overwhelmed by theirs either. Easter Sunday lunch at The Flowing Well more than made up for this, however, as it was amazing!
How did you spend your long weekend? Hope you dodged the rain and ate plenty of chocolate! x