I warned my OH that when we went to Waitrose on Sunday I would have to buy a bunch of their beautiful peonies. I cannot resist them & as we don’t have any growing in our garden the way everyone else seems to then I need some in the house. Not too expensive at £4.99 for a good few stems they are opening nicely & bringing a spring smile to my face. This is essential on rainy dull days like we seem to be having at the moment!
It was my birthday on Monday & despite not feeling much like celebrating I was very spoilt! I didn’t send out a birthday list but I am impressed by all the presents I’ve received. I really am very lucky & very loved.
Upon getting home from work I was greeted by pretty birthday bunting & balloons that my amazingly lovely OH had decorated our dining area with. Not only that but he had my chai ready & waiting to make for me. And he’d bought fancy Waitrose cupcakes with girly little candles in. I was so surprised! (It’s possible that I might have cried a little bit! I’d had a bit of a poo day at work!) I was also promised tea of my choice which is always a Chinese takeaway. Not only that but my Super OH had explored a few takeaways in the area for me to pick my favourite one. It was lush!
My presents were all displayed on the kitchen table ready for me to open. I was really amazed by the generosity of my family & friends (including you Mum!) I got some really amazing presents including some sew-your-own Owls (complete with home), make your own candles, some super lush Jo Malone Red Roses perfume, Double Stuff Oreo’s & a beautiful bottle of Hendricks Gin. I cannot wait to have a go at making all these things & eating my oreos while drinking some lush gin.
However, the present of the day came from my lovely OH. I have been going on about Mollie Makes magazine for ages since it exploded over Twitter. I’ve been looking for the first one but to no avail. Not only have I now got a subscription but I actually have a copy of the magazine, which I am going to read through as soon as I’ve finished this blog post. I was so shocked to open it up! Outstanding!
A few weeks ago my OH asked what I wanted to do for my birthday. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for that but I said that I did want to go to Burford Garden Company. After a massive lie in this morning, we headed out in the car to have a look around. I’d heard lots about how lovely it was so I was eager to have a good old mooch about.
I wasn’t disappointed, especially as there was cake! After a look around the huge number of plants that they had, their lovely sheds & summer houses, it was time to cuppa. I had a lovely pot of breakfast tea served in this lovely handmade pottery (They even had soya milk available at no extra change – take that Starbucks!). After much deliberation I went for the Bakewell Tart. It didn’t disappoint. The cafe promoted local & organic ingredients and better yet, there was a separate children’s section. Much appreciated!
Their cafe was a mixture of old & new and it seems that they are really trying to branch out into something like Petersham Nurseries, which is fine with me ‘cos I loved it there! There was a lovely food section, surpassed only by their massive selection of gifts, cards & antiques.
My favourite spot of the afternoon was this beautiful antique till that had the prices in shillings! I know that I will definitely be going back for a load of lovely plants including some tasty herbs and some wonderful roses. I know that I will be taking my Mum & Sister there when they come & visit – they love a good garden centre too!
I think Christmas will warrant another visit too as I imagine that it will have loads of pretty glittery things that will need to be in my home. Phew! Better start putting some dates in the diary!
Our garden is in a bit of mess. It needs a serious overhaul & we’re half way there with combating the weeds & getting rid of plants from the previous owner. While we’re doing this, it makes sense not to plant any flowers but I cannot have another summer of a flower free garden. I think I’ve already made it clear that I love flowers!
Anyway a week or so ago I bought some lovely plants while on holiday in Pembrokeshire visiting my Mum to go into some lovely blue pots. They are finally coming into bloom & are relishing the heavy downpours that we seem to be experiencing. My favourite are these lovely margarites. They are so happy & pretty I can’t not love them. I am trying to keep on top of the ‘dead heading’ so that they continue to bloom throughout the summer. They are in a sheltered position, which is really good when you see how breezy things are out there! They smell really good & are growing really well with the Great British weather!
I am also trying my hand at something new this year – tomatoes. I have been watching & waiting with anticipation for the little yellow flowers to appear. The bad news is that after a few days away we came back to find each of the plants bent over at an unnatural angle. And I discovered that I hadn’t been ‘pinching out the leaves’! I soon remedied both of these issues & they all look good as new. The good news is that I do have some very little yellow flowers so fingers crossed that they turn into some juicy toms! They are growing really well but I can tell that they missed me while I was away!
Finally, my OH & I are doing our bit for our local insect neighbours. We have a little insect nest. And if you look really closely you can see that three little bees (we think) have decided to make their homes in it. They’ve covered it up with something that they need to make little bee babies appear! How cool is that?! I really do hope that we’ve helped the local bee population thrive. We have also been looking at plants that will encourage bees & butterflies so I was thrilled to see this post over on The Green Gables and have printed off the two lists so that we know what to plant once we have got the garden ready. For the moment I am enjoying plants like my lovely lobelia in their pretty little pots.