Friday, 24 April 2015

The long and the short of it ...

Another brief post this week - but you'll probably know the feeling! Everything seems to be happening at once - flowers bursting into bloom everywhere: as the dazzling yellow of the forsythia begins to fade, the ceanothus just below it is poised on the brink of exploding into its usual show-stopping intense blue display. The bees love it and happily hum busily all over it ... in my Mum's border the daffs may be fading, but the aubretia is spilling in red and lilac swathes over the edges, the wallflowers are in full fig and the violas planted in a container last autumn are getting their second wind ... Weeds are also popping up everywhere and I'm making the most of the current sunny weather to keep dug beds on the allotment well hoed ... the grass has been growing fast too. Of all the jobs in the garden, mowing is my least favourite: I've already given the back lawn three trims, and the allotment has had one and a half. The half because I ran out of petrol before I'd finished - so there's another job for tomorrow. Archie and Angel have been enjoying spending more time out in the sun:
mowing the lawn is also their least favourite chore because I shut them indoors while getting on with for the safety of all concerned. Weeding might be tedious but they get to be outside with me while I'm getting on with it and are always happy to divert me if things look like getting too boring!

Archie checks out the obelisk I made from willow prunings


Friday, 10 April 2015

Get sowing!

It's getting busy in the garden shed ... lots of seeds to sow ... and I love this freebie from Lily's Kitchen. Archie and Angel love their food (and their bedtime biscuits are now expected every night) and Angel adores nibbling on parsley - it's one of her favourite herbs - so it's lovely to see this: a pack of parsley seeds included with all orders in April. 

Friday, 3 April 2015

Thinking big


Browsing at a local garden centre the other day 
we came across this ...

Rubber Kongs stuffed with food yes, but 
not sure if we're ready for an eight foot tall King Kong  in
the garden yet ... 

My Mum sensibly opted for a couple of
cute Easter bunnies for her back doorstep instead!
Dog friendly gardening - click HERE for link!