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Finally taking the garden in hand

Things are even later than usual here and with the seemingly never ending Winter we haven’t really been out in the garden at all – fair weather gardeners and all that! The May bank holiday saw the sun come out and the mercury rise thoughand we finally had both time and the weather on our side to get stuck in.

a re-seeded sorry specimen of a lawn

Our to-do list is woefully long, and it still seems to be – we’ve barely made a dent. Sandy shifted lots of earth into the raised beds and pots that are now awaiting planting, as well as trying to replant our sorry excuse for a lawn out the back – the Winter weather and the puppy have taken their toll.

Beech hedge greening up

I seemed to get most of my day’s step count by clearing out old pots from all over the garden. some were replanted – all the succulents and cacti from the conservatory are now looking much happier – and others are now eagerly awaiting cuttings, seedlings and whatever else we decide to try this year. Annoyingly I found a bag of spuds that I’d forgotten to harvest last year – mostly rotten – although there were 3 good-looking specimens which I’ve re-planted for curiosity’s sake to see what happens. Although I’m sure I’ve heard/read somewhere that this is ill-advised…

Jerusalem artichokes

The Jerusalem artichokes I dug up were prolific – I wasn’t expecting much as the plants had failed to thrive (as far as I could see) or produce flowers last year – will try cooking them and then replant a few to see what happens. I’m glad I grew them in a container – it looks like it’s true that they’re hard to eradicate once in.

Cherry blossom

Our Spring bulbs are still looking lovely and there are now buds coming out everywhere. The beech hedge has started greening up going from a few leaves showing to almost half the hedge in just a couple of days. One of the more curious things was the swarm of wasps buzzing around the gooseberry bushes – I’ve never noticed this before but they were there all weekend. I couldn’t work out where they were coming from or going to but they seemed to be going crazy for the tiny flowers.

Gooseberry flowers

SO much still to do (not to mention a rather large shopping list) but it’s a start – better late than never!

Spring arrives & it’s all gone bonkers!

In the week that saw us celebrate our 3rd anniversary of moving to our country cottage we saw a lot of changes in the garden.

 

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Our 3rd Anniversary in Nine Mile Burn

 

We have a pair of nesting blue tits in our bird box (yay), the starlings have already fledged and there are now sparrows in their old nest. The swallows are back swooping and darting all around and the geese have returned to the fields roundabout, some with young. After a seemingly never-ending Winter, Spring is most definitely here.

 

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Rhododendron- Golden Witt 

 

The garden has gone bonkers, everything’s growing and blooming and budding and it’s heartwarming to see! The cherry blossom is out and the beech hedge is finally turning, that fresh green really makes a difference in our garden.

 

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Setting up the new Potting Shed

 

The (short) spell of warmer, sunny weather was filled to the brim with ‘getting shit done’ in the garden – everything from getting the potting shed set-up to clearing, weeding and edging, sowing seeds and bulbs (better late than never) and I even made up some hanging baskets inspired by the book Crops in Pots, that I reviewed a while back.

 

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Our latest haul from The Secret Herb Garden

 

We had a lovely trip to The Secret Herb Garden (LOVE this place) to source new herbs as the chickens have self-seasoned and destroyed what we had. We got lemon verbena, lovage and borage (inspired by Petal, Leaf, Seed), several new rosemarys, chamomile, sage, lemon balm, oregano, fennel, jasmine and rhubarb, amongst others.

 

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Re-potting some plants for gifts

 

Our new front lawn is looking great and we’ve just bought a new mower and hedge cutter so we’re getting tooled up to tackle the front garden.

 

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Thank You Miracle-Gro for this amazing surprise box of goodies!

 

 

So much to do now but sadly the torrential rain is back so no idea when we’ll be able to crack on – we live in hope though, always hope!

 

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It’s been well over 20 years since our house was a pub (garden find)

 

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Jasmine potted in a vintage watering can! 

 

We have a new front garden!

Our front garden was clearly made to be low-maintenance but we were desperate to create a ‘chocolate box’ country cottage look, especially as our back garden is mainly a kitchen garden.IMG_7716

We removed all the pebbles – most going to neighbours houses/gardens – it was quite amusing to find white car parking lines underneath from the days it was a pub.

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Then in came the landscapers to dig it all up, put in flower beds around the borders and creating a lawn – Sandy has been desperate to get a lawnmower (boys and toys?!) so now he can!

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We’ve got to wait 2-3 weeks for the grass to sort itself out before we can get in there and start planting, but in the meantime, we’ve been given some very clever-sounding garden planning software to try out/review – The Weatherstaff PlantingPlanner which I’m very excited about.

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A Good Weekend For A Shed Clear-out

Last weekend the weather was glorious so most of our time was spent out & about in it however Science did finally get round to clearing out the garden shed! (& all the spiders & bugs etc that were in there too!)

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It was full of  ‘stuff’ when we bought the place, so it was another trip to the tip but look how much space we have now! Not sure it’s enough for a bar but it’ll do for now!

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