Posts tagged: garden
we’re not self sufficient just yet, but we had a great summer in the garden! the vegetable bed is a little experiemental this year - with everything from cucmber to corn and garlic to broad beans! some crops were more successful than others, with the cucumber being a suprise hit. we also produced a record-breaking marrow - more on that later!
happy birthday to my utterly gorgeous niece who turned one this week. this was my home-made gift to her - a little tee pee which is completely reversible so she can have a pink spotty house or a blue floral one depending on her mood. i was a little nervous as i didn’t make it from a pattern and i was also worried that it might not be a very interesting present for a one year old seeing as it doens’t make any noise or provide much entertainment, but amazingly she absolutely loved it! once she had crawled in she was very content to sit there and hold court and she even allowed her little friend to join her in there at her birthday party! watch this space as i’m seriously considering going into production. they would be a great gift for a little one - a safe, shady spot when they are very small and a great den, hiding place or play house as they get bigger. and they would be very easy to market with models like these ones!
this was an unexpected surprise hidden away in the garden! my mother gave me some rhubarb last year which i’m ashamed to say i rather negelcted, however it turns out it was very happy after all! not quite self sufficient just yet, but it will make a nice pudding with some yoghurt!
ah pilkington, i knew you’d find us sooner or later! don’t think you’re going to fit in that bird box though…
the lawn is looking pretty good after its first winter and there are even a few little signs of spring… can’t wait to start planting a few things and spending some time in the garden if the weather ever cheers up!
those of you who remember him from earlier in the year will be delighted to hear of the return of roger the resident robin… not only has he developed a beautiful red breast, but he also had a lady friend in tow. I didn’t manage to get a shot of them both together, but I did get this snap of him looking very handsome amongst the rose buds.
guess who’s back, back again… there was a reported sighting of pilkington in the garden this weekend. didn’t manage to get my camera out in time, but can’t resist posting my favourite image of him lurking in the pyracantha last year. now it’s getting colder i’m going to put some bird seed out for roger the robin. let’s hope he can get there before pilkers!
wouldn’t these be great on the garden table? perfect next to a lovely candle and would be useful too holding down napkins or the newpaper while you enjoy the sunshine (or shelter under your umbrella this summer!).pick them up at www.worm.co.uk
got my eye on one of these for pottering around in the garden with! love the vintage feel and rustic finish.
only one unconfirmed sighting of pilkington since the move, but i’m delighted to say that we have been made very welcome in the new garden by roger the resident robin. he is a plucky little character who kept us company during a big clearance of the jungle of overgrown plants. he was extremely helpful keeping morale up and dealing with numerous worms. the husband is very excited about roger and has already put the bird house up and filled it with a few seeds for our new friend. he must be young as he doesn’t have a red breast yet, but hopefully he’ll man up and develop one in time for christmas!
one of the highlights of the new house is the fantastic hydrangea by the front door, not least because it seems to have blue, pink and purple flowers all at the same time. i’m so excited about having a ready supply of beautiful blooms for arrangements all through the summer. might just have to go and buy some new vases now…
now the husband has got used to the idea of a bee hotel perhaps he will let me have one of these for our prickly friends in the garden! i’ve never seen a hedgehog in tooting, but maybe that’s because we don’t have a hedgehog house!
pick one up from the ever fabulous www.grahamandgreen.co.uk
not sure we have a big enough garden (or bank balance) to support this purchase and not sure what i would put in it either, apart from a massive jug of pimms! still quite tempted though by the adorable colour and design…
despite the miserable weather, we can still dream about barbecues and al fresco dining! this table runner is lovely and simple and would look great on a rustic wooden table ready for a feast and a glass of fizz. now all we need is the sunshine!
right, that’s it pilkington. the party is OVER! i’ve tolerated your thiefing and greed for long enough, but when i said i was surpirsed you hadn’t popped into the kitchen to get a knife and fork i was JOKING! oh, and just because you can’t see me with your head stuck behind the pot plant, i assure you i can defintiely still see you…