Whilst gardening for one of my clients the other day she brought me out a cup of tea & a bickie (yes, I have lovely clients!) and on the tray was a little vase of daisy’s (Bellis perennis). I chuckled whilst she was describing how every time, before the lawn is mown she comes running out to pick them. I was explaining how most of my clients want to get rid of these pretty little flowers from their lawns.
Anyway I’ve just come back from my hols today and my lawn has gone crazy but on the plus side so too have the daisy’s – my lawn is far from croquet perfect, more two young boys perfect! So with my client in mind I went out and picked these before getting out the mower.
Go on you know you want to, let your lawn grow and go picking.
This was last nights cocktail, tested out over the fence with my neighbours. The verdict…..delicious. Plenty of time to nip down to the shops, grab the ingredients and make this evening for what looks to be a sunny one here!
50ml white rum
50ml apple juice (use more if you want a longer drink)
20ml Elderflower cordial
5 mint leaves
Put all the ingredients into a shaker with plenty of ice and shake like crazy! Pour into a beautiful glass and enjoy.
Have a great weekend, I’ll be busy earthing up spuds, building supports for my tomatoes, planting the last of the sweetpeas, the list goes on!!
What better way to spend a bank holiday weekend than building a greenhouse!
The concrete perimeter base was done a few weeks ago….. my shoulder is still recovering from the many barrows I had to mix!
Ikea eat your heart out – take a look at these instructions for a flat pack!
Slow and steady – as long as you’ve got plenty of time and take it step by step it seems very straight forward.
So here’s the frame up and ready for the glazing!
The on going saga that is my greenhouse…. I hope I’m not the only one where things seem to take an age! The perimeter concrete footing I planned to use moved to the next level of needing shuttering. So a few weeks back the weekend was spent constructing it with old floorboards I had lying around. Now this probably wouldn’t take most people a weekend to build this but I had the ‘help’ of my two little boys so work was slow and regularly interrupted.
But at the end of it all this was a sight I saw……..everywhere!
Now I’ve got the joy of mixing what I suspect will quite a few barrows of concrete!
I had a packet of Tomato ‘Sweet Million’, it was about 7 years past it sow by date but you don’t know unless you try so I sowed the lot (~20). Anyway over the past few months my kitchen has slowly been taken over by 20 very healthy tomato plants – one of the downsides to not having managed to put up my greenhouse yet!
The other downside to the rapidly reducing amount of space on my windowsill, kitchen table, side unit…. the list goes on, is that my tomatoes are a little spindly in their attempts to reach the light. They are due to be potted on so I’m taking the opportunity to plant them deep so they will be stockier plants.
You can see the before and after, I buried about 8-10cm of the stem but had I had deeper pots I would have buried them further. It is not solely because the plants are lanky that I’m doing this. The buried section of stem will produce lots of roots and by doing this creates a better root system for water and nutrient uptake. So when the greenhouse is finally up I will plant them directly into the soil in deep holes burying around ²/3 of the plant.
Look at that for a beautiful windowsill!!
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with my local schools showgarden at Malvern again this year. It’s been wonderful to see just how much we’ve been able to achieve on the tiniest of budgets especially when I know the amount of money that’s spent on the main showgardens!
So here it is ‘Hundred Acre Meadow’. We received the highest award possible of Highly Commended and the newly introduced ‘Chris Beardshaw Award’ for the most imaginative and exciting design…. now that it pretty impressive as the little girl responsible was only 4 years old (I see a future career in garden design there!).
Needless to say the teachers & pupils that have put so much time and effort into this project were over the moon. And also as Mummy to one of those hard working pupils I was incredibly proud!
I don’t know about anyone else but I’m always after creative, cheap and long lasting ways to label plants. I’ve been meaning to label my raspberries as I have a huge aversion to white plant tags, they’re so white! I came across this idea on Pinterest and thought I would give it a go.
All you need is a brick and a black permanent marker. Then you can be as creative as you like, whether its the name or maybe a drawing, whatever works to remind you what plant is there. So it’s a thumbs up for creative, a thumbs up for cheap and time will tell whether it’s a thumbs up for long lasting.
Who fancies a trip to Chelsea this year? (Me, me, me!)
Jacques Vert are running a competition to win a pair of tickets to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The tickets are for the show on Friday 24th May. So if you fancy your chances all you have to do is head over to the Jacques Vert blog and enter a few details. Quick and easy I promise and I would know having just done it!
The closing date is midnight 7th May and the lucky winner will be chosen at random on 8th May.
Whether you’re in need of a bit of design inspiration or some tips straight from the experts, with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in its centenary year, this is a prize you won’t want to miss out on!
This one is delicious!
75ml Passion Fruit puree
1tsp fresh lemon juice
Put all the ingredients into a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake. Pour into chilled martini glass.
I have to say this one went down very well with me and was a hit with friends too. Lovely flavours and perfect sweet/sour for my liking. Hope you enjoy it as much!
The lesson learnt is have faith that germination will be successful and don’t sow too many! Here is my wild strawberry (‘Mignonette’) army, 70+ plants, a few more than I needed. Family, friends, neighbours will all be on the receiving end of these little beauties!