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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! ∼♥∼

January in the Garden

While we’re all tucked up inside with the central heating blaring and the candles flickering it’s nice to look ahead to the warmer months. I get pleasure in taking time to look at the bare bones of my garden in January to plan what I’m going to change, decide what has to go, think what new to try out and work out how to use every inch to its advantage. Happy days!  In My Garden I have a few glimmers of colour in my garden, which is very wet and soggy at the moment. Bringing the outdoors – indoors This is a nice way to transition from all of the colourful Christmas colours and décor. I just discovered these bulbs in pretty containers at my local farm shop, Bert’s Barrow. I was delighted to meet Shona of Fox Red Flowers who provides her pots and floristry to Bert’s Barrow. Shona has a lovely eye for design utilising her horticulture skills, with spring bulbs and plants in colourful pots and reclaimed dishes and boxes. The bonus is …

December in the Garden

Today will be the darkest day of the year, with daylight lasting for just a few hours. It feels like the days can’t get any shorter – and it’s true. Today will be the shortest of the year – the winter solstice. The solstice marks the moment the sun shines at its most southern point and has been celebrated by pagans for thousands of years. Many of the traditions now associated with Christmas had their roots in winter solstice celebrations – including the Christmas tree. The world might look pretty grim now, but remember: longer and sunnier days will soon be on their way. A damp garden Its been so mild and wet this month, with no bright, crisp December days, and it’s definitely not enticing to get out and have a garden sort out. In My Garden Colour from my winter flowering clematis. The goose is happy in her snug corner………. I’ve popped some indoor hyacinth bulbs on my hall table to brighten the December gloom. In Your Garden Not only will your garden …

November in the Garden

As the days get shorter and colder, my life has moved indoors and away from the garden. We have had a mild autumn up to now, but the past few days has seen plenty of rain to fill up that water butt. In My Garden In Your Garden If you haven’t already managed it, now’s the time for a general garden tidy up before the winter months. It’s also a great time to start thinking about colour and flowers to see you through the winter and spring. Hellebores can be planted in to the ground or pots for early winter flowering and are perfect in shadier spots. Get your spring bulbs in the ground. Go for a good mix of daffs and narcissi in different colours and sizes. Layer them up to create a beautiful effect when they flower. Again great in any beds or shady spaces. This is your last chance to deadhead and prune back so check all your flowers and plants and give them a bit of TLC. Prune any roses or …

October in the Garden

The nights are drawing in, and October will see the clocks going back and the first frosts in colder parts of the country. Gardening time might feel curtailed by the shorter sunlight, but the days are often glorious, with the autumn colour a counterpoint to the light tipping away. I still have some colourful roses Climbers And a sneaky goose In My Garden My roses, grown in the terracotta pots from the Yorkshire Flower Pot Company, have not been really happy despite their sunny and sheltered spot. So I am donating them to a forever home, where they can spread their roots to their hearts content. I have recently planted up those pots with small shrubs, some winter colour and spring flowering bulbs. This one is layered with narcissus Minnow, a multi-headed miniature that will flower in March, and dwarf flowering scillia that will also appear in March, topped off with a Mahonia ‘Winter Sun’. Tucked in are white cyclamen and ivy….a good idea from Monty Don!! I layered the second pot again with Minnow …

September in the Garden

September is the beginning of one of my favourite times of year, not least for the fact that the garden is more relaxed than it has been for some time. The fight to keep the plants watered or producing or deadheaded has eased and a new wave of tasks is awaiting us. And I hope you like this September introduction to these delightful illustrations courtesy of Cheryl Rawlings – you will see more of them here in the following months. In My Garden Sedums are a favourite in the September garden. Love a ’mum to brighten the patio As well as the Hakonechloa giving a ‘Japanese air’ The roses are having a ‘third’ flush Vibrant Verbena I have noticed that the spiders are fattening up, a sign summer is coming to an end. In Your Garden While there’s not as much to do in the ornamental garden at this time of the year, if you have a fruit or vegetable patch, you’ll be busy reaping the rewards of harvest. This is what you should be …

August in the Garden

Sultry late summer The garden still looks like a summer garden. Lots of colour, height and spreading with the plants fighting for their place, things going over, and a few second flushes of flowering. And my dear ‘goose’ is happy in her place! After a dry and warm start to the month, there have been heavy showers during the last week and that has seen an end to nightly watering. I was fortunate on the 12th to sit in the garden, all wrapped up about 11.15pm, and saw the Perseid meteor shower – well I only saw about four meteors but they were exciting to see!! Using lots of pots in my courtyard garden does have benefits. I love to put them in groups of various size pots and I can move them around as often as I like. It takes a lot of effort to get the natural look! Then after I’ve got the perfect effect I can move them all around again, when a plant goes over, not looking its best or I’ve …

July in the Garden

Summer is progressing July is often one of the hottest months of the year and it’s a great time to sit out and enjoy the garden with the benefit of long light nights. I can hardly believe it is exactly two years since I began to plan and plant my courtyard garden, just look how it began… And now… In My Garden July is a brilliant time for your garden or allotment (if you are lucky enough to have one!) – abounding with delicious edible produce, and beautiful scented flowers for cutting for your kitchen table or to create bunches for friends. In Your Garden Much as I love basking in the glory, it’s not that easy, as these July jobs mean a gardener’s work is never done. Keep perennials looking good by regularly dead-heading and you’ll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well-watered. Hoe off weeds which thrive in the sunshine. Give shrubs and trees the once over. Prune back the spring flowering shrubs and clip back evergreen …

June in the Garden

Summer arrives This month we are at the end of Spring and beginning of Summer. The longest day is on the 21st, and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. But this extra light and warmth also means weeds have sprouted up from seemingly nowhere. But my raised beds are now full of planted colours and that vibrant greenness of newness. In My Garden In Your Garden Plant out your hanging baskets and tubs now the risk of frost has passed. It’s a good idea to give your containers a weekly feed so they get all the nutrients they need. Thin out hardy annuals such as poppies, stocks, lupins and cornflowers to prevent them overtaking beds. Stake perennials if they begin to look like they need a little help. Lift and store bulbs for next year. I have to add I’ve never done this before but am considering doing this as the leaves are looking really tatty now. If like me you’ve planted sweet peas they …

May in the Garden

May – Summer’s on its way May is a month for hedonists because it’s full of fresh foliage and buds galore waiting to burst into life. It’s the month when the garden takes off at a high-octane pace, after what seems like an eternity of revving up on the starting grid. In My Garden Finally my tulips, daffodils in pots and bluebells burst through. The lupin foliage has appeared along with the greenery of my agapanthus and peony. A Clematis Montana that I planted last autumn has started to flower, together with a pretty blue Aquilegia Vulgaris (Columbine), ferns are unfurling, a variegated Acer is billowing in the breeze, maybe the ‘goose’ is in need of a coat of ‘grey’, and the little ‘cairn’ of stones collected from Walney Island beach remind me of a special place I need to revisit soon. I really love this time of year when there’s so much promise for the flowering season ahead. In Your Garden A few bits to be getting on with in May. Keep an eye …