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Friends Welcome, weeds by appointment!

Weather conditions mean that everything has been growing like topsy in the garden. It may only be a couple of weeks since I invited you in to walk around but as the summer takes hold (I am not prepared to be dragged down by the miserable British preoccupation of moaning about it) the picture is changing as some plants finish flowering and others appear. See what you can spot as you wander with me. I have been particularly enamoured by the ceonothus which has attracted the bees in profusion and am very happy to see the yellow spires of the golden rod reaching up and out of the perennial geranium that has started to take over. See the delicate pale pink flowers with beautiful deeper veining on the paper like petals. Come with me!


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Good Food, Giggles and Gardeners World

Absolutely exhausted today with swollen feet, sore knees and pains here, there and everywhere. I am not complaining though because I had a brilliant day out with the Trusty Gardener, my friend Helen S.

Every year at the NEC in Birmingham in the month of June the Gardeners World and Good Food Show hits the stands. It is the one Gardening Show I have ever been to although I dream of Chelsea and Hampton Court one of these years. So this year I was umming and aaahing about spending the money on the tickets when Laura shared a post on Facebook that said Oak FM (local radio) had a competition for pairs of tickets. I entered and the following day was delighted * squealing with * to find that I was a winner! So no problems with the expense.

As usual, the pictures tell the tale better than any words I can write so come and take a look before I tell you about the giggles…

See if you can pick out some of my favourites-

  • A brightly coloured VW van
  • A dianthus (sweet william) called Sooty
  • Many wonderful spherical flowers of different aliums
  • A delish digitalis (foxglove) in an apricot colour that almost glows
  • The awesome flower of a proteus that is almost alien
  • Some wonderful insect attracting planting and a pretty white beehive
  • Some blousey begonias and statuesque delphiniums
  • The Lady of Shallot
  • Soaring spires of Eremerus (think that’s the one)
  • Some abundant astrantia in a dreamy grey/blue
  • Borage, white not blue
  • Stunning orchids
  • Ladybird poppies

Lots of inspiration  for some creative crochet and knitting!

 The hilarity was caused by this-

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It is an extremely chunky and wonderfully well designed folding wheel barrow called

Portax 150 Garden cart

made by Wolfgarten, a German company specializing in garden tools/equipment. As Helen bought it (only available at the gardening shows in the UK or else an expensive import) we then had the problem challenge of getting it from the stand to the car at the end of the day. To say we became a sideshow act is something of a euphemism! Call us ‘Little and Large’, ‘Laurel and Hardy’ or  ‘The Chuckle Brothers’- what a sight we made with our barrow in a box (almost as big as Helen) and assorted goody bags of  gardening and foody paraphenalia. The stall holders comment that the shuttle bus stop was just outside the door opposite his stand was somewhat innaccurate. I can tell you now that we conducted an experiment of the comparative frictional properties of a 12kg box on heavy duty nylon carpet versus hard flooring and concrete. The hard flooring was the smoothest and therefore the easiest to push it on! This experiment covered an Olympic distance of about 400 m.

Next challenge was the boarding of and alighting from the shuttle bus to car park E4 where I parked Helen and the box in the lay by whilst I carried on to pay for the parking, find the car, exit the car park and collect Helen and her new toy. By this time I was somewhat sweaty and in fits of giggles. The pay kiosk was closed and one of the attendants said to pay at the barrier on exit. Next job, find the car…(I’m not good at this bit and have been known to ‘lose’ my car in car parks before) luckily it was directly in front of me but I was unable to identify it initially much to the amusement of the attendant! At the barrier I tried to thrust my £10 payment at him but he smiled and waved me on.

By the time I pulled in to pick up Helen and her ‘Portax garden cart’ I could hardly speak.  Have you worked it out yet? Not only did we have complimentary tickets for the show, we didn’t pay for the parking either! Nice to enjoy some GOOD LUCK for a change! And having made it a mission to see what ‘samples’ we could enjoy in the Good Food show, all in all we had a pretty economical day out.


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FORGET ME NOT

Like many crafters the art of giving is the cherry on top of the making process! I love designing and making for friends just because I can. Recently I made this Forget-Me-Not inspired bunting (modelled beautifully by my  garden…) for my friend Sharon who loves these flowers and shades of blue.


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Sanctuary

I’ve been meaning to invite you all into my garden. It is another one of my passions and I am proud to say that we designed and made this almost from scratch. I say almost because 9 years ago when we  moved into our home the back garden boasted three plants and a paved area which had been the base of an aviary (now supports our shed!) and the front had a blossom tree- definitely the best thing about it!

The back garden is now well established and definitely has  a  cottage garden feel to it. I prefer free flowing and abundant plants. The front garden now sports our vegetable plot. It all looks pretty and verdant during May and June here in the UK. The garden brings me solace, sanctuary and quite a lot of inspiration. Come and take a look.