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!
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.
I think I need some gardening help! I bought this beautiful orchid & it’s lost all it’s flowers. I’m concerned that I’ve not watered it enough & then watered it too much. If anyone has any tips or pointers about how to rescue it, I would greatly welcome them.
I love orchids. They grow such a graceful looking flower that always makes me feel calm. For me, though, their delicacy & grace is always their downfall as I’m not graceful or delicate enough to get the balance of water right!
Although it could be that it didn’t get enough light in the study & that caused it to lose the flowers.
I hope I haven’t killed it 🙁
It’s not like I kill all plants. I can keep some alive & I can even grow some from seed. I received a ‘Grow your own chives’ kit from my OH’s mum for Christmas. Brilliant, I thought. I can start to practice my gardening skills before I’m let loose in the garden.
I followed all the instructions in getting the plant ready & was very impressed when I saw little shoots sprouting through the compost. I even managed to remember to move it off the windowsill, away from the single paned window when it was really cold during the night, just in case the cold managed to give the chives the kiss of death.
But now I’m worried. Have I watered them too much? Have I not spoken to them enough? Has the cold somehow got through & hurt my little baby chives? Who knows! They seemed to have stopped growing for the moment. Should I eat them? Would that encourage them to grow? If anyone has any chive experience, I would very much appreciate the help! I don’t want this two examples to be an omen – I don’t think my poor garden would cope with that.