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!
I love flowers. It’s one of the reasons why I love spring and why I want to get the garden in order. But until then, we can have flowers in jars.
I bought these to go on my stall at the Bake Off. They are from the amazing Fabulous Flowers in Abingdon. They are so cute! x
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!
You may have read in one of my previous posts, Petersham Nurseries, that my OH treated me to a day in Richmond, London. While there, as the weather was so lovely we had a bit of a walk around. Thanks to the power of Google we soon discovered that we were near Ham House. I love looking at old things. It’s the next best thing to buying old things!
Had it not been so expensive (over £10* each) we’d have spent ages mooching round the house. However, we opted for the garden only. It was a lovely day so were happy to do that. It was amazing. Even from the outside the house was beautiful. I always like to imagine what it would be like to live somewhere like this & am always convinced it would be super cool! There were some amazing little huts in the garden which made me instantly jealous & demand that we have one in our (tiny) garden! The main gardens were for vegetable planting. This is something I’ve never really done but am desperate to do once we regain some kind of control over the garden. They had some lovely blossoms on the trees & some gorgeous & unusual flowers in the borders too. It was worth the £7 to get in, have a sandwich and get some ideas for the garden. A lovely little place & well worth the visit if you’re in the area.
After Ham House, heading back to the car, we walked along the Thames. We spotted this cute little chap who was linked to the polo club near by. Naturally we stopped to say hello, pet his nose & offer up any minty treats (which we didn’t have!). He wasn’t interested in us at all. He was interested in eating my handbag, which after the encounter was covered in green horse saliva. Nice!
My reward for being brave & not freaking out about a horse trying to eat my bag was my first 99 ice cream of the summer. I loved it – Sat by the Thames, watching cute little dogs running around, eating ice cream with a flake after such a lovely day. A fantastic location with lots of lovely things to see, do & eat. Perfect!
*We’ve thought since that maybe a National Trust membership might be the better way to go about seeing places like Ham House, though I instantly remember my Grandad being a member & it makes me chuckle! Might add a membership to my birthday list tho.