Saturday, 23 May 2015

Garden projects...part 2 !! ;-)

The 'end of May report' states:  'Progressing well'


We now have trellis; all the sweet peas are planted... and they are ready to romp!

I've planted a variety of perennials which will appeal 

to the bee/butterfly community.

But most of all...LOOK!!

We have a lawn peeping through the soil!!

Way hay!!

More about this in the future as we leave that for a while and our attentions

turn to the front of our property!

Overgrown and neglected, this was the hedge from outside our gate:

And from inside:

Something had to be done and it had to be done


Luckily, I know a 'man who can'!

Last Sunday, I went inside to teach one lesson and when I came out

my eyes met this, below.

(I hadn't noticed anything on the weather reports about a hurricane coming our way!)

Anyway...that soon became this:

And then EVERYTHING  was shredded and raked over the ground.

So then we had this :

And then the fence went up!

And that's where we are today!

We've planned a crazy paved path, which will lead to a garden bench.

After this...I've a selection of rather lovely cottage garden plants, including: 

Verbascums, Foxgloves, Valerian etc.

Rather than fence along our boundary with the old school hall,

I persuaded Mr S not to do so!

I think that the granite wall will provide a lovely backdrop for future tall plants.

Keep watching! ;-)

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Toby Buckland's Garden Festival ;-)

On a very dull, wet day, last Saturday, we paid a visit to 

Toby Buckland's Garden Festival.

This event began last year and it was obvious that, due to its success,

it would be a permanent fixture on the gardening calendar for 

quite a few years to come!

Those keen enough to brave the elements, made their way to the

castle grounds.

I would rather have liked this shed to come home with me!

And as for this wonderful bench, (not for sale) which was covered 

with mosses and lichens...what a beauty!

There were many lovely, vintage and vintage style gardening goodies on offer.

Mr Snippets very kindly bought this lovely seat for our new piece of garden...

I think that we'll spend many happy hours sitting on it with our cuppa!

We did get very wet...but we tried not to let the weather ruin our day!

Next year can't come soon enough!


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Garden project!

It was back in 2007 when we handed this piece of garden to Nich and said

'Do what you wish with it!'

It was a cosy little area, very enclosed and with little room

to do very much.

However, Nich had the gardening bug and thus enjoyed tending this patch

 for a few years until he left home.

He dabbled in all sorts of salad crops and presented us, now and again, with

various items of home grown goodies

And so, when he left home, it was a bit of a shock to have to take it on again!

Firstly, we (as in Mr S!) took down some out of control fir trees, 

which instantly gave more light to our undercover area 

and to what had been Nich's room.

 I prettied it up as best I could... but I knew that this was only temporary

as we planned to do a major overhaul at some point.

In the middle of April, this year, that major overhaul began!!!

What a mess!

But very quickly we could begin to see the wood for the trees, so to speak!

And now we have some fencing....

And here we are today...

More fencing to do this week...and trellis! 

And then sowing the lawn seed...and planting!!

More about the planting, soonish!


We are getting there!! 

And it's all thanks to my other half,Mr Snippets,

who has worked like a trojan!

Retirement does have its benefits!!! ;-)