Thursday, 30 July 2015
Rasell's, in a village not too far away, called Little Bytham. I used to live not that far from Little Bytham but hadn't been back for many years. The nursery was full of well cared for plants and had planted borders which gave the visitor a good idea of how the plants would look in that situation.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
I enjoyed a lovely day out last Tuesday, with my friends Katy and Alison. After a bit of research on where we could go, we plumped for Grimsthorpe Castle, which is about an hour away. I had visited before, but six years ago, so was very happy to go again and had a two for one voucher, so off we went. I took lots of photos of the gardens, so will split them into two posts.
Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.
Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Wisdom with needle and thread and today was the opening day! The idea was to make three Christmas things from a list, and then send them to someone whose name and address was emailed to you, but without them knowing who was their Secret Santa - until they opened their parcel. I received my parcel in very good time and waited patiently until today to open it up. Inside were three carefully wrapped presents.
The Christmas Card which gave me the identity of my Secret Santa. A HUGE thank you goes to June for her lovely gifts, which I shall love displaying on the Christmas Tree each year. Thanks to Kim, the organiser, as well, for organising, keeping in touch and keeping us on track!
Thursday, 23 July 2015
I was going to write a blog post about a lovely visit to Grimsthorpe Castle earlier this week and I shall still do that, just not tonight.
I was watering the pots in the garden and went to the front of the house to water the hanging basket, only to find that the gate was open and the hanging basket was gone. In twenty-two years of living here, I have not had any problems like this and have always enjoyed seeing the hanging basket brightening up the front of the house. It was there when we came back from work and shopping, so the person stole it while we were at home, which somehow makes it worse. The hanging basket was only a plastic one, just had petunias in it and in the great scheme of things, it doesn't really matter, but the fact that someone would steal it has upset me.
I don't put any plants out at the front of the house that are expensive, or really special, but I was naive enough to think that they would be enjoyed by people, without being stolen.
So, I have two choices. I can either not have a basket out there again and deprive myself of the pleasure, or I can take a deep breath and find a basket or trough which can be fixed to the wall and then plant that up. I think I know which I shall be doing!
I hope that my next post will be on a more positive note.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Collages created from my photos using picmonkeySo far, 2015 has been a wonderful year for roses here in my garden. I have managed to squeeze twenty-two into my garden, adding to the collection over the years. There is a pale pink theme going on, but this wasn't a conscious decision - it was mainly about the scent. I have got one yellow rose and I have added some white and deeper pinky red this year, mainly in pots. Most of them are in flower now and I am really enjoying the colours and perfumes.
Above top row from left to right: Gertrude Jekyll; Mary Rose: Cottage Rose
Middle row: Jacques Cartier; Ferdinand Pichard; Constance Spry
Bottom row: Chandos Beauty; Bright as a Button; Blush Noisette
Clockwise top left to right: New Dawn; Diamond; Rosa Gallica Versicolor (Rosa Mundi); Frilly Cuff.
Diamond was my most recent purchase, just last week, and this is its first flower. It is a miniature rose with a slight scent but is covered in buds.
I do enjoy the garden when the roses bloom!