Getting the garden ready for Spring

Getting the garden ready for Spring

It's fair to say that I'm a fair weather gardener. As soon as Winter arrives I have no interest in doing anything in the garden but still, moan when it looks lifeless and dull. 

Spring arrives and then I'm full of energy and inspiration to get things full of colour and life. As we've entered March I kind of think that time has arrived, the grass has had its first cut and we've visited a garden centre so that counts. 

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Our Day Out at Bateman's National Trust

Our Day Out at Bateman's National Trust

We are getting used to these Bank Holiday weekends. This past Bank Holiday Monday we went to Bateman's National Trust site which is is Burwash East Sussex and is only a 30 minute drive from us. The weather was lovely so we also packed a picnic and headed off on our adventures. 

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The Gardens of Standen House

The Gardens of Standen House

We're trying to make it our aim to visit various National Trust places every weekend and so far so good. We've been to Bodiam Castle, Lanhydrock and last weekend we visited Standen House and Gardens which is set in the beautiful Sussex countryside.  Seeing as it's only about 25 minutes down the road it seemed like the perfect place to go to for a little picnic and admire the gardens. 

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I'll admit it I'm a fair weather gardener. Rain, wind or snow then there is no chance of me getting outside but when the sun comes out then boom we're straight in the garden. This weekend me and Aly has the afternoon to ourselves so we got out in the garden and planted a few bits and pieces. 

We don't have the largest of gardens and it's mostly made up of a raised bed for growing all our vegetables so often our garden is a mixture of greens. This weekend we tried to add a little colour. 

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The Gardens of Lanhydrock

The Gardens of Lanhydrock

If I was designing my dream house I would make sure that it also had a massive garden, a garden that months later you'd still be discovering new parts and one you'd never get bored of looking at. 

We've got a pretty small garden, a patio, grass and a space to grow some vegetables in but at least we have one. When we were down in Cornwall we visited a National Trust place called Lanhydrock which is just outside of Bodmin. 

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A Week in Bloom

Ok I confess I may have become a little bit obsessed with taking flower photos this past week. May be it's the warm weather or just because they look so damn pretty but anyway I thought I'd collect them all together from the past week and share them. IMG_20140702_124814

If I'm honest a lot of these flower I have no idea what they are called so when I added them to Instagram I got a lot of comments telling me what they are called and this one I am told is a dahlia.

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This is another dahlia which is a new addition to the garden this Summer and it has really added a much needed burst of colour to the garden.

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As well as all the flowers and various vegetables we also grow blueberries and it won't be long until we'll be enjoying fresh blueberries for breakfast.

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What I love about taking photos of flowers and plants is that they tend not to runaway when you try to take their photo, also if you have the equipment you can get right up close and really take a great detailed shot.

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This was one of my favourite photos of the week, it may not be the most perfect photo but it was something that grabbed my eye. I was trying to make sure the rose pattern on the front stood out and also the flowers in the can needed to stand out too.

So that was my week in bloom and to see more of my photos please follow me on Instagram.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

This week we go on a little adventure to the in laws garden. Unlike our garden this one has a healthy mix of plants and vegetables and of course is looked after much better than ours. 2014-05-18 15.43.18

I am so rubbish at naming the flowers, all I know is they look pretty.

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I do actually know the next one is some form of lavender, but that's pretty much it.

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I love gardens that have various querky pots and that is something I want to introduce to our garden...well when I get time.

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As well as the bright and colourful flowers you'll also find lots of vegetables growing and they all seem to be growing a lot better than mine.

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And the garden also features the labels that Aly made for their Christmas present and I think they look awesome.

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Next week there will possibly be a very random How Does Your Garden Grow? As we are away I will try and feature somewhere else.

 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Good news....things are starting to grow in the garden. There was also the possibility that I may have popped to the garden centre to buy a couple of small things to add to the garden. 2014-05-11 11.03.53-1

When we visited the garden centre they had a tub of mange tout ready for planting for just £3.99 and as that was the same price as a pack of seeds I thought why not. Once these are ready they will keep us going for the whole summer.

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Added to that I also bought some salad onions which during the summer months we seem to eat more than anything. Again for a tray it was just £3.99 so a lot easier than planting seeds.

As well as these the other salad pieces are coming along nicely.

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Our blueberries have also started to  come back to life and the flowers are forming, I just hope the birds don't eat them before we do.

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Next week we'll hopefully plant our sunflowers and also a couple of tomato plants.

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Woohoo things are starting to grow...oh ok I may have had a little helping hand. We are currently working on a project with Higgidy and Sarah Raven and as part of this they have sent us a collection of various salad plants which have now been planted in our garden. Lettuce

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In total they have sent us 25 plants and I can't wait till we are able to eat them. Last year we grew so much that we ended up eating salads for lunch everyday...it saved us so much money.

Various other things have now started to grow such as our new potatoes and the sunflowers.

Pears

Last week's pear blossom has now been replaced with loads of little pears starting to grow. Give it a few weeks and the tree will be over run with them.

Of course no garden would be complete with a few of these dotted around.

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With the Bank Holiday weekend we are hoping to plant a few more things such as courgettes, more potatoes and some onions. Then I really need to work on the front garden and make it look presentable.

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