Sunday, 1 June 2014

Round and round the garden....

It's been such a pleasant weekend hasn't it? So nice to see the sun shining. While we were out in the garden yesterday we realised it's been a while since we've shown you what's going on, so here's a round the garden trip of what we've been up to and what's looking good at the moment...

We've been planting out lots of our seedlings. Taking inspiration from the kitchen garden at Chatsworth house where they plant their veggies all mixed together in a radial format we've mixed up our purple sprouting, salad leaves and some flower seeds in a grid. We're hoping that it's all going to look very pretty in a few weeks time.


Our broad beans are doing very well. Unfortunately the peas we planted at the same time have been well and truely munched by the juvenile sparrows we've had around. Just not to be this year.


Being indecisive about where to plant out our sunflowers we eventually went for placing them all in a block in the middle of our veg patch. 


We've recently hung out a new bird feeder to cope with the influx of the aforementioned sparrows. They certainly come in flocks and still choose to squabble over one or two holes despite there being plenty of open ones. The chickens of course continue to feast from the rejects!


Well trained sparrows throw the bits they don't like to the chickens...

As part of all the clearing we did earlier in the year we revealed an acer that had previously been well hidden. It's thriving for the extra space.


Our alliums are looking as good as last year (sorry, not sure on the variety). I do love these flowers. 


We've been donated quite a few broken fence panels for our wood burner recently. While we're very grateful for the free fuel our patio does currently look like this:


The small bed in the front of the house is looking relatively tidy at the moment, with the climbing rose (Claire Austen) covered in flowers and the penstamen just coming into bloom too. 


We're very hopefully for a first cherry harvest this year. We planted this tree 18 months ago and it didn't try and fruit last summer. This time it's looking great.


The black peppermint is thriving this year. Joe has high hopes of a plentiful supply for peppermint tea.


And finally a few more plants in flower at the moment...



Last summers lavender plugs trying to flower already!

8 comments:

  1. Oh I wish I could grow lavender!
    The pink and blue clematis/geranium combo is lovely.

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    1. Yes, the geranium was a pleasant surprise. It had been well buried under an overgrown and woody hebe when we planted the clematis. We've since removed the hebe and the geranium has appeared, as you say - it works well with the clematis (and indeed the slightly purplier clematis to its right!).

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  2. You've certainly made great use of every inch of space!

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    1. There are still plenty of gaps around - we just don't show you those! Maybe one day we'll post the plan for the garden so you can see what is where :)

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  3. Your garden is certainly coming along. It's so satisfying when you see things coming into bloom.

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    1. Yes I love this time of year, everything seems to be at its prettiest.

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  4. How lovely to see what's thriving in your garden, good to see that acer has the extra space to romp away. Each year something always gets munched doesn't it....sighs....xxx

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    1. Yes. We can't complain too much - we love watching the sparrows playing in the garden, but helping themselves to our peas was the cost!

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