I love a good sunny day and thankfully I’ve been blessed with many during my week off!
Here’s a quick look through what I’ve been up to these long lazy days!
worshiping the sun with a ‘Happy’ Birthday cake
enjoying my new bike with Cycle Routes Map
and a cycle to Crystal Palace to see Darwin and the Dinosaurs
perfect weather to roast a chicken
and to work on a new design
pottering around doing some potting
enjoying the fruits of the raspberry bush
and kicking back in the evening summer heat making cushions and drinking local craft beer
Due to a delayed spring, the garden plants have been a bit slow this year however it was a relief today so see some lovely new buds and flowers on my favourite plants!!!
From the Lilac through the Honeysuckle to the Raspberry, there is life yet in what were weather battered pot plants!
I just had to grab a few photos and share!!!!!
I just hope the lovely weather keeps up into May so I can introduce my chillies, tomatoes and peppers!!
After the week we have had so far in London and across the country (I’m not going to go any deeper into it right now) I decided I needed a little beauty in my life.
So I headed to the garden centre to buy new plants!!
On Monday I cleaned out our front garden which had been needing it for a few months now. I got rid of the three foot weeds, cut back the dying and dead branches off the Rose and bush. And generally made the area nicer.
It needed to be an area that was going to develop over time and that didn’t need much care and attention.
I decided to go with a few flowering evergreen shrubs, a few perennials, and some smaller border plants to brighten it all up.
After I dug up the soil and added some compost I was ready to plant!!
I began by planting the Fuscia I was given from a friend for my birthday, against the small wall as it will continue to grow (hopefully) and become a nice cover for the wall as it is not particularly attractive.
I added the yellow Chrysanthemum to block some old roots and placed the Dianthus around the border.
There was another old root that I can’t remove slightly sticking out so the other side of it I planted the Hebe Variegata as once it grows it should help to hide the root!!
Sticking to the yellow purple theme I added the other Chrysanthemum to the front corner and surrounded it, and the Hebe with Gazania.
I have had a few beautiful containers sitting in my kitchen now that were gifts from my family for my birthday so I took the opportunity to pot some beautiful hanging Lobelia in them and they just look adorable!
To sit in the centre of the Lobelia I potted a pretty Argyranthemum and my front garden was complete!
I really wanted to add a lavender too but ran out of space so maybe I’ll just buy one anyway and keep it in the pot!!