Saturday, 4 June 2016

Inspiration ;-)

This brought a smile to my face when I arrived home earlier...

A group of artists were standing inside my gate, being taught by the lovely Sarah Bell,

how to use watercolours....

.....using my little patch of front garden as inspiration

 T'is lovely to think that I can bring a bit of joy to others!! ;-)

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Toby Buckland's Garden Festival ;-)

On Saturday, we made our way to Powderham Castle for the, 

'Toby Buckland Garden Festival.'

'Could there be a better and more stunning setting for a Garden Festival?'

I asked myself as I made my way to the castle.

The weather forecast was promising ; although you never can tell when it's

 a bank holiday weekend in Devon!

A very fine greeting awaited us at the castle gate and we were raring and ready to go!

After a visit to the refreshments tent, (not that our appetites really needed to be whet!) 

we made our way to the speakers tent, where Toby introduced 

Joe Swift, the famous garden designer.

He was talking on the theme of, ' BIG ideas for small gardens'

and I really enjoyed listening to his amusing talk.

He certainly made me think (and question) what I'm

 doing in my own garden. Lots of food for thought!

And talking of food...

If you're peckish then there are plenty of places to grab a snack or a drink

in between your browsing.

After this,  it was the grand wander. 

This festival gets bigger each year and there is such variety on offer.

Naturally, I always 'home in' on the vintage displays!

Old tools always make me wonder. 

For instance, who used them? 

Where have they been? What sort of life have they had?

If only their prongs, tines, blades, etc, could talk!

What a tale could be told, I'm sure.

I loved this mahogany ladder!

Paint it ? Oh my word...NO!! ;-)

A very fine day was had by all and next year's date is already

 firmly 'planted' in my diary!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Happy Weekend!

It's been a wet day here in sunny South Devon.

(But the garden needs it!)

So what to do?

Well, we nipped up the road to a place called 'Plants Galore'.

I have to admit that it's not my favourite place; I try to like it but I fail, miserably!

I yearn for the old fashioned nurseries of yesterday!

I don't even like the modern garden centres,

 that pack in all things that are in no way connected with gardening!

'Plants Galore', does however stick to plants and garden sundries

and it's a 'stone's throw', so I've made my yearly

visit and that's it!

I came home with some very tasty Primula, which needed

instant re-potting... as they were bursting out of their pots

not to mention dry as a bone!

But they look good now!

And I have to admit that they look to be strong and healthy.

 I also grabbed two Lewisia. 

Now then, here's an interesting fact:

These delightful plants are named after  Meriwether Lewis

of 'Lewis and Clark' fame.

I  actually didn't know this... but I have a very able and knowledgeable 

gardening mate who is also nosing in books to find out more!


This tray of jolly Pansies also came back down the hill

with me;  I cannot resist Pansies, their merry faces cheer me, no end,

as do these old mugs, which have seen better days but

I think are rather lovely to be homes to two of my plants.

I am really loving the garden this April! ;-)

I'm now settling down to watch my favourite programme of the week,

Gardeners' World.

Happy weekend, to you all!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

What's occurring?!!;-)

T'is time to take a look at the greenhouse area and see what's occurring!!

I've been especially pleased with my old sinks, sited just outside the greenhouse,

which contain Lavender, Cowslips, Pansies and Anemone Blanda.

I have to admit that in my many years of gardening, I've never grown Comfrey from seed!

Until now, that is!! Germination!

Excitement reigns!!

Excitement reigns all over the greenhouse, actually!!

I have Fuchsias, Antirrhinums, Primula...

Sweet peas, Zinnia, Cosmos, Geraniums, Pansies...

To name but a few!

In the ground, I have Sunflowers (Tall and not so tall), Pot Marigolds

...and more Sweet Peas ( climbers and not so climbing!) 


And I've plenty of summer flowering bulbs yet to plant...these were all

presents to me and I'm looking forward to seeing the end results

come the summer !

Meanwhile,  just below the greenhouse, this little bank of Polyanthus

 and Primroses, always brings a smile to my face!

My personal preference is the old fashioned primrose...I love it.

Down near the wild bank, I have a newly cleared area to garden this year; 

it's not very big but it's big enough to grow Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Marigolds 

(The English pot variety, naturally!)

as well as some Hellebore, which should look 

lovely come next winter.

I've also left a space for some Rhubarb crowns!

I love our wild bank at this time of year ! 

It's all neat and tidy; just waiting patiently to spring into action!

I have a wealth of wild flower plants all coming along quite nicely and

 in no time at all they will be ready to make that journey down the garden

... to their new home on the bank!

Hopefully, the bees and butterflies will love this!

And, talking of banks... the old bank, running along our boundary, is covered in


In Nich's old plot, I have the healthiest looking Foxgloves...

And when I'm not around to oversee things, there's my trusty aid...

It's April and I'm well on top of things and loving the garden

and what it has to offer.

Not forgetting the potting shed where there is always plenty to do!