Early 2017 Springwatch

Hello,

This past weekend presented itself with some lovely weather so I was out on Sunday in the garden – cleaning the greenhouse, sowing seeds, etc. The etc includes taking in the beautiful spring sights.

I don’t know about you but I love the morning after a light shower. The flowers have the droplets clinging on to their delicate petals and its a lovely thing to see. I took these pictures using OH’s phone and I was rather impressed.2017-03-12 09.47.472017-03-12 09.48.082017-03-12 09.48.51-22017-03-12 09.49.132017-03-12 09.50.012017-03-12 09.51.292017-03-12 09.53.242017-03-12 09.53.402017-03-12 09.54.102017-03-12 09.54.282017-03-12 09.55.102017-03-12 09.55.592017-03-12 09.56.152017-03-12 09.44.202017-03-12 09.44.432017-03-12 09.45.032017-03-12 09.45.072017-03-12 09.45.16

Meanwhile at the allotment the garlic and overwintering onions are doing well. I just sowed the seeds for this year. The potatoes are chitting along. This year we are only going to plant one variety of potatoes : Maris Piper.

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Leek bed
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I think it was the birds that did this to our purple sprouting brcocolli

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The onions sets and garlic.

Spring is coming.

Autumnwatch

Hello chums!

I interrupt your regular broadcasting to take a walk through the last vestiges of colour in my autumn garden. I started off just puttering around the garden then ended up spending all of Saturday working in the garden. Totally unplanned but there was something very satisfying about digging and pulling out weeds, getting sweaty and smelly finishing it off with a nice hot bath at the end of the day. The time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life rejuvenates me.  It is so rewarding to spend time in nature.  There’s nothing quite like getting so close to the earth that I can smell the fresh soil, notice the small insects and textures of the organic particles that provide plants with nutrients to grow. Its mind blowing when you actually consider how a seed turns into a plant, that in turn provides us with beautiful flowers and delicious nourishment.

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A squirrel with some of our sweetcorn

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I love these fushias

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Another fuschia bush
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I think these are wild geranium

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I dont know the name of this bush but its colours are so vibrant
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There were tons of ladybugs around.
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Some Japanese Anemones
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The last onions pulled from allotment that were curing
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My blueberry bushes turning colour
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Leaf fall from our conker tree
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The Japanese Acer tree
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The pond
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Some last petunia blooms – I grew these from seed.

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I have been working on a herb garden and this is what I have grown so far from seed – 2 Parsley varieties and some thyme. Chives didnt take and basil died off.
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Digging out a bush. We decided to grass over this area so had to move the rose bushes and gladioli. I hadnt planned on garden work and just worked all day in my normal clothes :-). 
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The eating apples
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Autumn fruiting raspberries

While gardening also produces beautiful flowers, I get a such great sense of satisfaction when I grow my own vegetables. Though this year has not been good harvest wise (apart from onions and garlic) I do not measure our success by the bounty it provides but by the peace of mind and connection to earth that  can be achieved by spending just a few hours gardening.

Do you like gardening too?

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

Summerwatch

Hello chums,

I interrupt your regular broadcasting to share with you whats been inspiring my love of big floral fabrics of late. I cant help it surrounded by all these flowers. We have been doing a lot of work at the allotment and the garden when the weather permitted. Continue reading