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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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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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?

Is it just me or does it seem like things are growing very slowly in the garden at the moment? I was hoping to get out over the Easter weekend but the weather was naff and well there was chocolate to eat. Pear

The pear tree seems to be the only thing that is showing any real growth every week, you can see the pears starting to develop. It won't be long and we'll have more pears than we know what to do with.

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The spinach leaves have a long way to go before we get to enjoy them in a salad, we tend to grow a lot of spinach as we'll enjoy that at least once a week during the summer months.

Onions

These are meant to be spring onions but I never seem to have much luck growing these, at the moment they are showing more promise than last years attempts.

Hanging Basket

At least our hanging baskets are full of colour, we don't really have many plants in the garden as we prefer to grow things we can eat but adding a splash of colour does help. Last summer our hanging baskets were full of tomatoes.

 

How Does Your Garden Grow? Coombe Mill Style

This past week we have been staying at the wonderful setting of Coombe Mill and as a result this week's How Does Your Garden Grow comes from that very place. There is so much greenery around the farm that my photos really don't do it justice but hey I tried. Please have a look and enjoy some of the flowers I've found wondering around.

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Daffs

Of course a major part of Coombe Mill is the river that runs through the heart of the farm

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And something that I would love to have in my garden is a working train which Coombe Mill have.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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This weekend it was our time to start planting a few things in the garden. Last week we added a tulip plant to the garden as well as a new mint plant, but this week we started planting a few vegetables.

Courgette pots

Unfortunately I haven't got room for a walk in greenhouse so I have to make do with a small patio greenhouse which too be honest does us fine. Having been sat there doing nothing during the winter we are now making use of it. This week we planted up a couple of courgette plants which always seem to do well in our garden.

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Every year we also grow a couple of sunflowers, one each for the girls and see which one grows the tallest, I think Mia's won last year and it was just over 8ft tall.

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We have also planted the first seeds in the garden. We tend to plant ours in cycles that way we should have enough till about September time. The first lot included spinach, spring onions, lettuce and beans. These are all undercover now and we will probably plant the next batch in 2 - 3 weeks.

Mia Pots

The girls favourite thing to grow in the garden is potatoes, and we have just planted our first two sacks of the year. We tend to grow simple new potatoes as they are versatile and the girls love them. At the moment we have just planted two sacks but we will probably have about 5 - 6 which will save a lot of money during the summer.

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And that is what we've been up to in the garden this week...next week we will be planted a few more things and also planting a few hanging baskets.

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