Tag: grow your own

A Crafty Garden – An update

We’ve been working really hard on getting our garden sorted. For weeks, it felt like all we did was work on the garden, which was fine as it also meant I could work on my tan* (See ‘tan’, think just less vampire-pale!) Anyway, we’ve not been able to do much over the last few weekends, with weddings & other commitments. Plus I think we were a little burnt out on gardening. We’ll be back out there next weekend though, as we’re really close to getting everything done, bar the planting, which will come later.

The main area we’ve been focusing on was the back of the garden. It’s overshadowed by a tree & it’s not an area we use particularly. We’ve decided to let it go wild & plant wild flower seeds. We’ve picked up some packs of seeds from Burford Garden Centre, that are suitable for a shady area like this, but will still attract bees & butterflies. At the moment, it’s only attracting Poppy & some cats!

Back of the gardenThere is a gap between the wall and the shed, which Poppy uses to bark at the cats that sit on the shed. When we plant the seeds, we’re going to try & block this area off from her. We’re hoping it’ll become a little area for nature. One that doesn’t require much weeding!

Soon to be wildWe moved the compost bin from the back & found, surprisingly, compost! So I’m hoping that we can carry on using it, but would love to ‘pretty up’ the bin a bit. If you know how I can do that, let me know! I also want to paint the fence, as it’s really tatty in place & we haven’t got the budget to replace it right now. We’re not sure what type of outdoor paint to use though, as it’s already been painted once. Again, any ideas, let me know as we need to do that before we plant.

Numbered bricksIn the space at the back of the garden, we found these adorable bricks. (We also found some very annoying reinforced concrete, which required a few tips to the trip to remove, but that’s another story!) We’re going to reuse a lot of the bricks we dug up throughout the garden, but what I’d like to know is why do these bricks have numbers in them? We’ve got quite a few. Why were they buried under ground? Who made them? So many questions arrise when your garden is over 150 years old!

Hanging BasketOne thing that has gone well are my plants! They’ve really bloomed. The hanging basket I planted up is my favourite. Everything was bought from Millets Farm & the plants were random & on offer so I’m not sure what they are, except that they’re pretty & the bees love them!

Planted potsThis is my favourite pot though. These have grown like wild fire & spread everywhere. They need a bit of tidy up at the moment, but nothing too taxing, which is why I like pots!

The end is in sight for the garden. We’ve got a deadline of the end of July to get all the major work completed, which is quite doable. Then we’ll focus on working out what to plant.

Tuesday Treat – Planting Up the Pots

It’s so disappointing when we get a burst of sun and warmth, then it disappears again. It’s so difficult to get garden jobs done, when it’s cold, raining & so very windy, like it has been this past week. But I’ve been determined to bring a bit of colour into the garden so despite the miserable weather, on Saturday, I popped to the garden centre & bought a few bedding plants to pot up. I don’t have much idea when it comes to planting, I just buy what’s on offer and hope for the best!

Pots

Poppy took quite an interest in some of the plants, biting off leaves before I had a chance to even get them in the pot! I just need a bit more sunshine for them to grow and fill the pots, but it’s so nice having a few splashes of colour out among the grey.

How to Improve your Garden

Rusty

For those of you who know me personally, or follow me on social media, you will know that the garden has been an annoying issue since we moved in three years ago. When we moved in, the garden was overgrown and contained a delapidated old shed & a fence near collapse. Well, not any more it doesn’t! We spent most of last year clearing the weeds out. This was a massive task. Mainly because if you weren’t out weeding every weekend, they grew back, thanks to the Great British summer weather we enjoyed. The weather also took control of the fence & brought it down. So we knew we’d have some work to do this year. We cleared the old shed, took the remaining fence down & set about getting a man in to sort it all out. And boy did he ever!

New shedWe now have a complete fence between us and next door. The wall at the back of the house is now solid & you can no longer see through it. The Silve Birch has been trimmed so it won’t grow into the wall or the shed. We now have a shed that doesn’t leak, doesn’t have massive holes in and is no longer the Spider & Snail Convention Centre for the South East. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, including a million tip runs to get rid of the left over stones & rubbish. We need to cut borders in & build some raised beds. And the weeds are coming back! Rude! So we’re hoping for some dry, warmer weather to get out there in our wellies & make it happen. I cannot wait!

Rusty
Even Rusty the Bike approves of his new home!

Tuesday Treat

Red Rose

I haven’t been feeling the craft vibe recently, as you can probably tell from my blog posts! I’ve got a few projects up my sleeve that I want to do soon, but for now, I wanted to share this beautiful rose from my garden with you.

Red Rose

This rose shouldn’t exist. It was already in the garden when we bought our house. We didn’t really do any gardening for the first year as we were busy with the inside. The rose still grew. Then my OH, with no real knowledge about how to care for roses, cut it right back. It survived a really cold winter; a really dry winter; a really wet summer. Most recently, it survived after being almost ripped from the ground during a windy storm. Then a few weeks ago, I noticed that it had buds on it. We packed earth in around the base & made sure we watered it during the heat. After a long & wet drive back from Pembrokeshire this weekend, we arrived home to the flower above. Blooming & bright in the darkness.

I have no idea what type of rose it is or how to look after it. But what I do know is, this rose is amazing and is worthy of being featured as my Tuesday Treat. x