Sunday, 5 July 2015
I looked today at using Banana peel as an organic fertiliser. I have a regular supply (Julia eats them every day).
The last pic is of the Farmhouse door that we bought at Decoporium ( a vintage/antique/up cycled warehouse with 40 plus dealers selling within its cavernous area). It was to break the plain white washed wall. It is enjoying a third life. I love the yellow paint that was on the inside. I have imagined its former life before it was used as a plastering board.
I gave it a wash to remove years of dirt, dust, and dried plaster. It is painted Blue on the front side (the photo shows the inner door side).
Julia said I had mentioned the door but never blogged it. It has been on my Twitter feed though. It has now been blogged.
I bought a new printer today so That I could print photos off and display them in the houses spare room. A little artistic homage to the blog. The photos are the lifeblood of the blog. The words illustrate them but people can see the images from all over the world.
My heart is what powers the words and the pictures I upload.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
What I have tried to do is use everything that is in the garden to make compost, and improve the soil. The fallen leaves become a resource. I am a fan of recycling, composting, and up cycling things for use in the garden.
That's why the battered farmhouse door came from Thorpe Arch at Wetherby to Stanley. Our garden has given it a third life (farmhouse door, plastering board, now garden feature).
I'm back to work tomorrow before a weekend off. More gardening, shopping, and blogging then.
I started to look around the garden to see what Herbs I had growing. The first is the traditional garden Mint.
In the distant past before medicine people used herbs, plants, flowers, and roots for traditional remedies. over time we have lost the art of using garden plants in this way.
The Monasteries and Nunneries used to grow herbs for medicine and for food. The Apothecary used the plants and herbs grown in the monastery garden.
The Knoll Gardens link is : www.knollgardens.co.uk
The walk and workshop runs from 1030am to 1 pm, and tickets cost £35 including taking home remedies from the workshop. Rachels website address is www.heathcoteherbs.co.uk with details of tickets there.
A garden can be beautiful and functional too for growing herbs and flowers.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
"David.. the gardener.
Oh.. and a little about myself. On the day I met David he happened to mention he enjoyed gardening. I thought "that's okay I like a pretty garden to wonder through hand in hand!"
How little did I know.
Enjoyed! It his passion, or as he told me was. Myself a total novice who hardly knows a dandelion from a daffodil. He told me about his little blog so I began to read it, I was hooked. I smiled at his anecdotes and was mesmerised by the wonder and beauty of nature in his photography. His visits to Helmsley I hope inspired him. I knew he began to inspire me.
I knew he was beginning to emerge like a little seedling ,itching to start creating his newly acquired Mews garden.
I couldn't wait to see it. Every day I began to receive a picture with another task completed.
I am beginning to learn so much about the garden, plant names, insects, birds all thanks to my happy gardener. no longer Snappy!
We now live together in our pretty Mews house tending the garden, watching the wildlife.
Gardening for us has and still does have healing therapies.. and love.
Thank you David
Julia X "
I googled the original and was amazed at the detail in the carving. Mine is a facsimile.. but fits in well with the white and green border.
As I write this the air outside is still. The Petunias and Nemesia smell sweet and fragrance the air. The birds are singing its the end of the hottest day of the year. The food will be topped up and the garden left to grow in the cooler night.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
|May 1st 2015|
|May 5th 2015|
|June 11th 2015|
That's a whistle stop tour of the garden from mud and leaves to a place I love going out into. We also planted three raised beds of Vegetables, and a planter box full of Strawberries. So much to blog about now.
|December 28th 2014|
Plant wise there was a gnarled Japanese Maple, various exotic shrubs looking a bit shivery and ropey. there was a patio area by the back door. and a can of paint between the brick entrance to the muddy sticky garden. This was December 28th.
|January 5th 2015|
|January 8th 2015|
|January 25th 2015|
|April 21st 2015|
These were the first planting that I had done. The catalyst for the rest of the gardens renewal.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
I looked up gardening quotes for the blog. This was one of my favourites;
"Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who knows that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers" by May Surton.
I will show the gardens progress from photos taken in November 2014, up to now June 2015. New blog name and new picture. I'm out of practise about the mechanics of blogger.
I bought a new tablet PC, camera, and then work out how to download my photos from my Blackberry andcamera to get them on here.
The blog title refers to some of my favourite things like Julie Andrews. The raindrops fell on the Roses at the West Bretton scarecrow festival. It was great to walk around the village looking at the scarecrows and the gardens they resided in.
I even have a copper kettle by the fire.. but no kittens with whiskers..
This blog will reflect some of my favourite things in a daily progress report or musing about nature/wildlife/gardening/anything else that grabs me.