Cat House etc.

This is my cat sitting on the cat house that Santa brought him for Christmas. Please ignore the awful photo, there’s nothing I can do about it. They haven’t made a filter than can transform the grey drabness that we call February. Some people might think an outdoor cat house is an unnecessary extravagance but…

Winter Garden

As we hurtle towards Spring I’ve been thinking ahead to next Winter. I always joke that I am a fair weather gardener and I don’t tend to venture out between November and April. But I think this may partially be because my garden is very much a Spring garden. Everything looks very bare and sparse…

Big dreams…

Currently watching the BBC show Big Dreams, Small Spaces with gardening guru Monty Don. My husband routinely makes fun out of me for loving Monty Don but I have now converted him and we are now both Monty super fans! 😆 Isn’t he just dreamy? Big Dreams, Small Spaces features people wanting to transform their…

Shed

Since we moved into our house almost three years ago I have been on something of a greenfingered adventure. I have been to garden centres and on garden safaris (not as exotic as it sounds). I subscribed to Homes & Garden magazine and have Gardeners World on series link. I joined the RHS and chat…

Autumn Garden

Hello! I’m back from my little jaunt in Italy and in my absence it feels like somebody flicked a switch and it is now most definitely Autumn.  The garden isn’t doing too badly.  My ‘Nelly Moser’ clematis has had its second wind and is now flowering for the second time. This flower is coming to…

Mini Trees

A couple of weeks back we went to the garden centre to grab some little plants for a terracotta trough for the outside windowsill.  There’s nothing at the front of our house. We live in an Edwardian semi in the centre of a village. Our driveway would have originally been a little garden, maybe with…

Rose Update

OK, so I finally bought a rose! Well… roses. Because it turns out I really, really like roses. After all those years of not liking roses. This is the cat all over again.  The first rose I chose was Tranquility. ï»¿ I ordered it online from David Austin and it arrived all packed up in a…

Climbers Update

If you read my post Climbers then you’ll know how excited I was to buy my first climbers this Spring. I planted a Passionflower, a “Multi Blue” Clematis, a Jasmine and a “Nelly Moser” Clematis.  And OH MY GAWD they have all started to flower!    I forgot to take a photo of the Jasmine so here’s a…

Garden Successes

OK so we’re well and truly in the clutches of summer now. We’ve had a bit of a heatwave where I live, with temperatures reaching the mid-30’s which for us Brits is considered to be hot, hot, oh God why is it so HOT?! We’ve all been slapping on the sun cream and running fans…

Sweet peas 

I planted my first ever Sweet Peas this Spring.  I planted a variety in a fairly large pot in some good quality compost. Then I made a wigwam of bamboo simply by thrusting the sticks into the soil, bending them to meet in the middle and then tying them together with some twine.  As they…