Day 112 – Purple Carpet…

This beautiful spot is little known around here. It’s a small wooded hillside, and every spring has the most amazing display of bluebells and wild garlic. Today was a little bright for the best photos – an overcast sky works best for bringing out the subtle colour of bluebells.

Jackson’s Coppice – iPhone XR & Moment tele lens
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Day 111 – Prunus Amanagowa…

We planted four of these trees when we moved in 11 years ago, and the blossom is spectacular every year. To be fair it only lasts a week or so, and makes an unholy mess when the blossom drops, but it’s well worth it for those few days…

Cherry Blossom – iPhone XR

Day 110 – Band Of Gold…

…well, actually yellow, but you get the point. The warmer than usual weather over the last week has brought things on massively, especially the mustard seed crop, which now dominates arable crops around here. A veritable sea of yellow…

Mustard Seed crop, Gorsey Bank – iPhone XR

Day 105 – Green Fingers?…

After a lack of interest over the last couple of years, I think I may have found my gardening mojo again… I’m certainly no expert, but it’s very satisfying to see stuff growing from seed in the greenhouse and garden. We have geraniums, sunflowers, dahlias, sweet peas, gazanias and nasturtiums all on the way, while vegetables include onions, courgettes, beans, carrots, and then salad leaves, cucumbers and tomatoes… Watch this space!

Greenhouse crops – iPhone XR

Day 101 – Pottering About…

… in the garden. Some brighter weather this week has encouraged me out into the garden. So much to do at this time of year – the lawns now need mowing once a week, the terrace needs pressure washing, shrubs and plants need cutting back, and some scruffier specimens need attention. We planted these lavenders today to replace last year’s plants that didn’t look good at all. Still more work to do though!

Lavender plants – iPhone XR & Moment tele lens

Day 83 – A Head Start…

We are not expert gardeners by any means, but as well as growing a few summer flowers 💐 we try to grow some vegetables as well. One crop that does well in our garden is onions, so we always plant a few. Experience has taught me that planting them directly outside will see us lose quite a few to birds as they come through, so nowadays I start them in the greenhouse and plant them out when they are a decent size. These will be planted out in another week or so, and will hopefully survive and flourish…

Onion sets, our greenhouse – iPhone XR