Category Archives: garden

Crochet calm

When life gives you lemons – crochet! Life has been a bit stressful recently, blogland is one of my glorious escapes, and so is sitting in a colourful corner of my garden next to drying poppy heads, whilst taking a … Continue reading

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Grass 2014

I have been playing with a bit of grass art again this time in grids last year we had a spiral, followed by waves I particularly like the patterns in the evening light Happy gardening!

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Wild Daffodil at Society6

I have tried to hold back until a few things are sorted out before sharing a new online shop with you all – but it’s no good, I just can’t wait any more! Society6 is an online shop based in America. … Continue reading

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Imagine ….

After two days immersed in digging and delving in my garden, my body aches and creaks and groans, but what joy at the end of the day to peer deep into these gorgeous flowers and imagine……. I just want to … Continue reading

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Flowers inside

My granny used to grow streptocarpus and I have tried before failing miserably, but now… I seem to have got the hang of it …. Maybe it helps to be a Granny.   And here are some flowers I picked … Continue reading

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Amelanchier

Hurray for Spring sunshine! and the Amelanchier in full bloom! Don’t you just love that word – Amel …… anch …… eeeee …….errrrr. I’m not even sure that’s how to say it, and I can never remember it, but it … Continue reading

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Let’s doodle outside

With stacks of black plastic pots stored in the garage, I was looking on Pinterest for ways of using them and came across living walls. DIY is not my thing, or I would have made 3 or 5 shelves to go … Continue reading

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Sprinnnnng!

Loving the white Narcissi the most, their scent ….. the scent of spring, caught here in the early morning light. But there are other stars in the garden too.. just look at that powder puff centre And seedlings in waiting. … Continue reading

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Stourpaine Walk

Sunny Sunday! A walk around Stourpaine, a friend and I were walking the paths of our ancestors. The larks were singing the sun was bright … First we stopped off at Compton Abbas a peaceful spot this rhododendron was showing … Continue reading

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First Day of Spring

What a glorious day of sunshine we had yesterday. I planted some gifted rhubarb plants, autumn fruiting raspberry canes, and managed to finish planting the snowdrops (over 200 altogether!). The neighbours were out in their garden too – chatting over … Continue reading

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A Good Day

Some days go by and I feel I have done very little and then other days – like today, I feel full of energy having achieved much – it is no coincidence that the sun has been shining ALL day: … Continue reading

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Bingo and Perennial Plants

Back to more Wales tales. One of the conditions for Jude joining me on the trip was that on the Tuesday night,  we would go to Tony’s Bingo at the Harbour Inn, which is right next door to Felingog.   … Continue reading

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Preparation

I have been preparing for an Arty Crafty workshop I am running on Thursday. We’ll be doing some Art Journal style album making and I’m getting some examples ready by Gesso-ing lots of altered books   making up little packs … Continue reading

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Creative Mix

Different forms of creativity often thread their way through my day and yesterday had the usual rich mix: first of all I started to sort, tidy and clear in my garage and came across old electrical cables of long dead … Continue reading

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Another one for you Lizi

Look who came to visit today And sat very obligingly on the lily, that is just outside my front door, while I went to get the camera and didn’t seem to mind being photographed at all   I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Bee in hollyhock

Playing with the picture of the bee in the hollyhock I took at Charleston in the SumoPaint app as shared by iHanna by reducing divisions to 4, I got this   and then by increasing the divisions I discovered some perky … Continue reading

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Charleston Farmhouse

More pictures from my trip to Kent. Charleston Farmhouse near Lewes has a fabulous garden – profusion is the word that comes to mind. The inside of the house is a must see too, we were not able to take … Continue reading

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Sissinghurst

…….After Derek Jarman’s garden, and the walk from Prospect Cottage to the sea, we grabbed some lunch and tootled off to Sissinghurst Castle, the home of one of my all-time heroines, Vita Sackville-West. The place was heaving and it was very difficult … Continue reading

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A walk to the sea from Prospect Cottage

Windblown shacks and old decaying boats create a fascinating open air ‘museum’. The sea, the tide out for miles and people digging in the sand flats, maybe for cockles? Looking back at the road, with Prospect Cottage on the horizon, … Continue reading

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Dungeness on Tuesday

I’ve wanted to see Derek Jarman’s Garden for at least 15 years and on Tuesday, after a long drive across the bleak, flat marshes we found it more easily than I thought we might. Although it is not as he … Continue reading

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Kent on Monday

So much to tell you! On Monday I spent a very hot and sticky 4.5 hours in my car (no air-con) to stay with friends in Kent and was rewarded by arriving in the most idyllic garden full of roses … Continue reading

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Sunshine!

There are little pockets of time when the world stops spinning quite so fast and one steps into some kind of heaven – lunch with old school friends in a beautiful peaceful haven of a garden gave me just such … Continue reading

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Grass Wave

It’s a gorgeous day here for gardening – just taking a lunch break. Thought I would show you the pictures Pat has sent me of her grass wave, which was inspired by my post on mowing a spiral: I love … Continue reading

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Promise of things to come

Everything looks beautiful in the slant of the evening midsummer light. My garden does not have very much in it at the moment but there is the promise of things to come – apples blueberries           … Continue reading

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gorgeous weekend

It was sunny! It was WARM! we could wear Tshirts – Hurray! Sunday: I drove to the Cotswolds, 2.5 hours North, to help a friend who was opening her garden for the first time. Open Gardens at Box It was a … Continue reading

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Grass Art

One of our lovely blog-readers sent me a photo of her latest grass-cutting experiment which was inspired by my post on 22 May about cutting grass spirals. She persuaded her husband to leave a wave of daisies making it’s way across … Continue reading

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First cut of the year

Yesterday was a perfect gardening day – no wind, no sun, just pleasant warm weather – the first time for months and months I was happy to garden all day – and I cut the grass for the first time … Continue reading

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Colour

It has been so cold for so long that there is not much colour in my garden, so I thought I’d add some of my own: I love the shape of this terracotta urn, but it needed a re-paint. After … Continue reading

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An English Country Garden

I had the most delicious day yesterday. A morning in my project room and an afternoon taking myself on an Artist’s Date as suggested by Julia Cameron in her book ‘The Artist’s Way’. There is a garden, at Knitson Farmhouse, … Continue reading

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The clocks have sprung forward and the garden is calling.

There is a quirky website with a page entitled ‘The Ambiguity of Fences’, the author invites people to send him pictures of fences – love it! I have a fence that is plastic (yuck!), so I won’t be submitting the … Continue reading

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Lauren Shanley

I love wandering along the South Bank in London, lovely atmosphere and always something going on. About 15 years ago I discovered Gabriel’s Wharf and in it Lauren Shanley‘s shop. My daughter and I spent a happy time revelling in the colours … Continue reading

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Cute!

Came across these little beauties on a site posted by Katwise (check her out too – amazing jackets and arm warmers). They are created by Elsa Mora who blogs in US.

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Cherry Orchard Farm is beautiful

Cherry Orchard Farm is beautiful. via Cherry Orchard Farm is beautiful.

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Dorset Art Weeks fast approaching…

Dorset Art Weeks fast approaching….

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Magnolia rings

a splendid magnolia in wendy’s garden is carpeting the ground with petals – I rearranged a few –

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bug stack

filling the bug stack with rolls of old carpet, hollow stems, rotting wood, ridge tiles, cardboard – no comments as yet from the neighbours, only sideways glances!

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