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
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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 91 – Purple Is The Colour…

These beautiful plants in our garden are Muscari – also known (not surprisingly) as Grape Hyacinths, although they are not actually hyacinths at all. Planted a couple of years ago as bulbs, they have naturalised and spread, and make a colourful display through the spring.

Grape hyacinths (muscari) – Sony A7iii and 24-10mm

Day 90 – You Looking At Me…?

The fields around our house are home to around 700 Freisian dairy cattle. Their main diet is grass, but as well as maize, the farmer also grows ‘winter beet’, and the cows get to eat it through the spring until there is enough grass for them to graze. Whenever I wander up the garden, they always take an interest…

Inquisitive cows, Peatswood – Sony A7iii & 24-105mm

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

Day 77 – Colour On A Dreary Day…

I hate the fact that the garden is usually so dreary during the winter months, with all the herbaceous plants dying back, and few shrubs keeping their leaves. So this year I planted up some pots and containers with plants and bulbs to show colour all through the winter. I’ve arranged these such that they can then be replanted for the summer… What’s not to like!

Planter – Sony A7iii & 24-105mm