What a day….

Lavenders & Lobelia

…. For getting down and dirty in the garden!

Salad Troughs

The sun surprised us by showing its face this morning.  Determined not to miss a good day of being outside I weeded the Lavender patch again – Seems like only yesterday when I did it last – trimmed the grass and sat back with a beer whilst the OH mowed the lawn.  Have to say our front garden is looking more like a ‘looked after’ garden now and less like a forest.  I did plan to do all sorts – finish digging the back garden, move my greenhouse, plant out the herb patch, lobelia, sweet peas and morning glories.  All I have managed to do is sow 4 troughs of mixed salad seeds (one of which is my BBC Dig In Salads), plant out the lobelia (bush blue and trailing white) in and around my lavenders (hopefully the ground cover will stop my cats from using the area as a toilet) and help pot on my Mum’s tree that we bought for her birthday.

Huge Lemon Balm leaves making themselves known by my front door.

Still, tomorrow is another day…..


Alyssum? Maybe?

Last year I planted baby Alyssum in my Lavender patch and it did well, giving me great floods of white flowers, almost, as its name suggests, like a carpet of snow.  With the bad weather we had over Winter it died right back to nothing.  Probably due to the frost/snow we had.  Now I know this is an  Annual, so I know it self-seeds and comes back….. But, is this my self-seeding Alyssum?

My photo quality isn’t all that great at the moment, so my apologies.  If this plant is indeed Alyssum, then it’s appearing all over the garden!

To me it just looks very weedy and I’m worried it might start strangling my lavender’s…. Any idea’s anyone??

I’m shocked at how much it’s all changed

In such little time my back garden space has changed from  this:

Back Garden

To this:

Garden Space - 12-06-09

There’s still a heck of a way to go yet, things need moving out of the garden and there’s still a lot of weeding to do… But I’m getting there, slowly.  We should have our new garden furniture soon-ish, so then I’ll be able to enjoy the garden and have people come join me outside 😀

Today I’ve been potting on things that should really be going straight into the ground.  But with our front garden space still looking like a building site (only with a little more grass), I fear that if I start working on the front too I’ll be taking on a lot more than I can deal with at the moment.  So I’m focusing on getting the back garden space a little more tidier first.  Hopefully everything that I’ve potted on today will last a few more weeks before going into the ground.  Monty was my garden space buddy for the day, lounging around in an unfinished raised bed….


That pic makes me cringe.   The pigeon shed is such an eyesore!  It’s not our pigeon shed though, it’s our landlords.  The house we’ve moved into was originally his home and he’s very kindly rented it to us at a massively reduced rate (mates rates, as he knows my Mum ;)), so we have to live with the pigeon shed view until he is able to move it to his new place…. Either that or finish off our fencing so we’re not sharing the garden space with his newly built house next door.

Anyway, the house next door and the pigeon shed pics I shall save for another time.

Finally, some sun!

Yesterday was one of the best gardening days we’ve had in a while.  I was up at 7am lapping up the sunshine and pottering about.  We cut both lawns, front and back.  Managed to spread a mass amount of grass seed around the front lawn in hope it will take and in a few weeks we’ll have some lush grass.  Here’s hoping!


My greenhouse has been put into it’s final place to rest. It took a last minute panic trip to homebase to get 3 bags of building sand so to make an even base for it.  But we got there in the end.

I’ve also acquired a pallet to make my very own raised bed!!!  Yay! This will be known as Project Pallet and will have to be fully researched before I make an attempt.  I was never any good at wood work at school.  Eeek!


During the course of yesterday I managed to get badly sun burnt!


The kids had loads of fun in the paddling pool and my new ‘dead’ plants are loving it in their new sunny location and a lovely big pot for a home.

I just hope today is just as nice!

Pretty pretty pea

Pea - 24-05-09

Quick check-up in the greenhouse this morning reveals that the peas are loving their supports and entwining themselves around them.  They look so pretty, delicate but pretty.

On other shelves in the greenhouse:

Sage, Candytuft, Aster, Sweet Pea and Forget-Me-Nots are all doing amazing well!

And my Strawberries seem to be plumping up a bit:

Strawberry - 24-05-09

The weather is absolutely beautiful today so I plan to pinch my Mums lawnmower and get the grasses cut.  Spot of weeding and just a general tidy up.  Might even spread out a bit of grass seed on the bare patches.

Busy, busy day!