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Its Chelsea Week

So it’s the end of May already and before you know it we’ll be luxuriating in fresh new Summer growth so today’s post is all about my garden as I’m preparing for Chelsea. General Maintenance General maintenance is as good a place to start if any. Assuming like myself that you’re not starting a garden from scratch, you’ll want to make sure that you get kitted up for the season ahead. If there are three gardening tools I can’t live without then they have to be a hand trowel, a small fork and some garden gloves. Both the hand trowel and fork are incredibly useful when it comes to planting, weeding and moving soil. I’m also a sucker for traditionalism and like the wooden handle for aesthetic reasons. And whilst I don’t mind getting my hands dirty I find keeping a pair of gardening gloves to hand incredibly useful when it comes to pruning plants that are especially prickly – I’m looking at you roses! I now have a patio that almost sparkles after it recently had its annual clean with a …

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

My new book…. I have my ‘book club’ book on the go but couldn’t resist getting hold of this book as I’m being a bit of a nature lover just now, ‘Wonderland – A Year of Britain’s Wildlife Day by Day’. Just love the book cover, so pretty. It’s by two guides to natures wonderland, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss and takes you through the year, day by day, sharing the unexpected delights that we can experience in our skies, beaches, rivers, fields, forests and back gardens. I’m getting into a routine of having a cuppa in bed in the morning and reading the entry of the day. Today, 27 April, Stephen Moss wrote about ‘Sea’ Swallows flying up the Bristol Channel as global voyagers. A real swallow that just happens to be flying across the sea! These short paragraphs are just long enough to give me more daily insight into Britain’s wildlife. And now back to the book club read, ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown!! Boroughbridge….. A lovely North Yorkshire town I’ve discovered this week. …

Quiet weekend:gardening

With the daffodils dying back and my trees bursting with blossom, clematis cascading, and the tulips almost there, Spring is definitely in full bloom. I’ve been spending more time outside pottering this weekend. I know I have a small courtyard garden but it comes with a bit of maintenance and revamping now and again. I’ve been seeking inspiration recently as the summer season approaches so I’ve started to follow more green-fingered Instagram accounts, particularly as I’d like to fill my raised beds with some new planting schemes over the next few years. I’ve had a quiet weekend at home with some outdoor time as well as getting to grips with Instagram! One peek at these accounts will hopefully make you want to dust off your trowel and get your wellies on. Founded by the former Head Gardener at Sarah Raven’s Sussex farm, Perch Hill, the Botanika Floral feed oozes all the florals you want to find in your cutting garden. The epic sea of tulips was snapped by floral stylist Charlie McCormick in the garden of The Land Gardeners. Goals …

It’s Spring

Oh the weather has SO changed has it not? Can’t wait to share some gorgeous pics of the best of our countryside with you, photography course coming up!! I’m trying to mix up my posts a little (I know – living on the edge!) with ‘what I’m loving this week’ and Sundays’ will be more of a feature post. Time restraints, life, reinventing myself, and delights of being a Granny are all responsible so we’re just going with the flow! So, where do I start? Today I’m indulging in a post about loving this Spring sunshine with a flavour of March in my garden. Handsome Helleborus Really loving this new Yorkshire Flowerpot planted up with garlic from The Garlic Farm. Just wait for an update on my garlic pot! Greygoose is smiling and enjoying the first of this years sunshine in her garden! ∼♥∼

Hello Harlow Carr

February can feel gloomy, but it’s surprising how a visit to RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate can lift the spirits, by taking a few photos of the oh so early spring bulbs and an ideal place to enjoy being a Granny still in training for pram pushing. So this February Sunday afternoon was perfect to practice my new skill along previously undiscovered paths, some quite hilly and then freewheel down to Bettys outdoor café to refuel with a hot chocolate. Then a stroll up the gentle slope past rhubarb to the surprisingly large book and gift shop. This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander…to take in your surroundings. Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity.  There is an entrance fee but I’m glad I took the annual RHS membership. I can take a family member, and Grandson as often as I want. That’s the way to go! I look forward to returning in the next few weeks and photograph the seasonal changing of the …

Winter Garden

Do you even have a ‘winter garden’ as such? I find that the garden becomes a bit of a dumping ground between November and February. But sometimes the light catches the bark of a silver birch, or the frost outlines dying seed heads. It is so poignantly beautiful that I realise how much winter has to offer gardens. Gardens used to be able to snooze through winter, but today’s glass kitchen extensions, massive glass sliding doors and huge picture windows mean a garden is on show all year round. The snowdrops are beginning to emerge from the ground, scented shrubs are beginning to flourish and Hellebores begin to show their faces in the shadiest patches of the garden. For me, January is a time to dream about the gardening season ahead and get my hands dirty too! It’s also nice to get out on the sunny days, visit friends and family and pop along to see what’s happening at RHS Garden Harlow Carr for even more garden ideas.  So, one ‘dream’ plan is to grow …

Autumn:Winter:Baby

Moving from autumn to winter has happened in one week, in my garden anyway. It was comforting to bring indoors the very last rose of the year. And then there was a visit to a Christmas Fair at Harewood House that gave me some inspiration to move the outdoors – indoors. I met Bert Blankers, a delightful Dutch guy who is also a bulb specialist, who fuelled my enthusiasm to bring some greenery and life into my house for winter. So let’s watch these ‘paper whites’ brighten up my hall in the run up to Christmas. I remember the traditional amaryllises that in Christmases of old you would buy for the aged Aunt who had everything. Well, I have bought myself a white amaryllis bulb, so there is something else to water, nurture and watch over the next few weeks. Black tulips bulbs were on offer, so these are now planted in the garden for a spring surprise. And I have a few more exciting events coming soon……Greygoose family, and her gosling have a new …

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

I braved the drop in temperature recently to go to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground, bringing the green fingered from far and wide. I didn’t know they were building a new Hall, but most of the plants were moved into a marquee, with good lighting, and hopefully good photos. Despite the cold wind and freezing weather, I had a wonderful day with my gardening partner in crime. The displays were quite breath-taking from the bulbs Fritillaria and Cypripedium on Jacques Amand’s stand, to Taylor’s Clematis, Dibley’s Streptocarpus and so many more. Some plants were definite must-haves for my little patio garden, and I felt a white theme coming together. Chatting to a man on a stall, as you do, he suggested sprinkling slug pellets under a tile or slate on the ground, to tempt those greedy slugs away from the tender hostas and delphiniums. And therefore not tempting to birds or cats. I couldn’t resist buying a bit of ‘metal’ for the garden, so this fellow came home to …

Yorkshire Gardens

Spring seems to be a bit late in my garden this year. Perhaps I’ve got my rose-tinted glasses on but I’m pretty sure I usually have a load more bulbs in flower by now. My tulips are looking a bit anaemic at the moment and though there’s lots of green stems there aren’t many heads. Anyway while the bulbs may still be dormant here’s what’s going on in my garden. Banish the winter blues and visit a garden for a bit of horticultural inspiration and perhaps even a cup of tea and a bun. Our wonderful Yorkshire has its fair share of award winning gardens that provide the therapy of being outdoors and enjoying nature in all its glory. Here are some of my want-to-visit gardens this summer…I better get moving, and get out and about then! And  I promise to share them with you. Scampston Walled garden, 5 miles from Malton Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, 6 miles from Ripon and Masham Harewood House and Gardens Ripley Castle and gardens …

February In The Garden

February is possibly the most optimistic month in the gardening year because now the garden is visibly waking up. After weeks of darkness, the days are perceivably longer, and I find it so good to get out and grab a few extra moments outdoors. Snowdrops are the highlight of my February, and there are lots of gardens open to visitors where you can see snowdrops in ‘sheets’. I am told this is ‘the’ word for a drift of snowdrops. Anyway here are a few places you can see them in all their showy glory. Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire Brodsworth Hall, Nr Doncaster, South Yorkshire Kiplin Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, North Yorkshire Hodsock Priory, Worksop In My Garden A little flat and bland at the moment, but a small aperitif of daffys are leading up to the main event, for from now onwards the real show begins and lasts for many weeks. In Your Garden Prepare ground for hardy annuals. Clear and rake the ground …