Monday, 30 March 2015

All Around my Butt!

I have had a lovely time down the garden this morning. I was only planning on being down their for an hour, to preserve my back, two and half hours later I come in for a coffee!

First off I did a whole load of pricking out. I am pleased with the way I did the seeds this year, I won't be inundated with one plant or another. Still chuffed to pieces with the canna seed.

At the end of last week I emptied my two leaking water butts, I was going to get hubby to help but it chucked it down most of the weekend. So today I got on with it. Got inside them and undid the taps. cleaned around inside and out, around the grooves, then wrapped plumbers tape around and 'Bobs your uncle' sorted. No leaks! Before you ask yes I did put water in to check.

I love doing jobs like this, good job really cos, hubby doesn't!!!

  So cleaned around and behind their bases and that's when I noticed why water butt number 3 has a decided lean to it!!! The base at the back has a very large 'kink' in it, so I am emptying it, not all on the ground, I've been chucking bucket loads on various plants round my garden, but doing this is not 'back friendly'!!!

Another kink at the side as well. My neighbours use there old bases as planters for potatoes, wonder what I could do with mine?

My Gunnera, just uncovered today and given a good watering. I watched a programme  can't remember which channel, but something called 'How good is my garden' I think. Anyway Bruno Nicoli??? a tropical gardener had the most amazing gunnera in his garden must have been taller than him. I am quite determined this will be good this year. I don't think I feed it or water it enough. We are looking at getting an 'Easy Clean' pond filter which you turn a handle, divert the water to the flower bed until it runs clean. Only problem is its £500!!!!!!!!!!! We are saving!!

The Rheum, looks like an alien at this time of year but is always one of the first to get going.

Last year when I went to Highgrove to visit Price Charles, well his garden. He had 4 very old and beautiful Olive trees, huge trunks all twisted etc. Apparently he protects his over winter. Whereas my poor neglected olive tree, was left out all winter, in front of hubbies office, which is quite sheltered but north facing, but will catch some winter sun, and seems to be thriving!

Right off for some lunch and then to do some sewing .

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Play or Chores?

Its all happening here!

Yesterday my daughter and her boyfriend came over and helped me collect compost, sand and gravel.

 We had a lovely time, we did lots more than this and had a load of laughs as well. I still managed to have an 'alright back' at the end of it.

So I am now ready for when the gardener comes on Friday and starts constructing the new bed.

We had an extremely heavy frost last night fortunately I realised it was going to be cold when I took the dog out for his night time constitutional so covered up what needed to be covered up.

The TRex is sending out new growth I just hope it can deal with this plus its replanting as it gets bigger.

If you remember I started sowing my seeds last week, and they have all decided to come through in a rush.

I love the fact that I have helped these seeds burst into life, but I hate all the pricking out it involves. I think I have been clever this year as I have only sown a tiny sprinkle of each type, whereas last year I sowed in trays and had far, far too many.

These are the most exciting though, I have never ever grown Canna from seed before, its a bit of a palava. You need to scarifyor nick the seed till you see some white, soak for 48 hours then plant. You try scarifying or nicking a seed smaller than a pea, with out losing your fingers. Not easy. But I obviously did ok cos I have so far 3 coming through!!!

So today will be spent, potting up the bananas, as I need the stand they are in for the new seedlings.

But, before I start that I need to hang out the washing and go and do some shopping. A few years ago I made myself this rule, 'No Playing, till the chores are done'. So on days like today I do the bare basics of chores, so I can get out and play, but my chores have to be done otherwise I would spend all my time playing!!!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

All Change!

I have decided to make some changes to my blog. Years ago when I started this I put everything one here, from cooking, cake making, chutney making to pets, crafting and gardening, I have decided to go back to this way of blogging.

Gardening is my passion. Well my spring/summer/autumn time passion, but I don't garden all the time especially with my poor back.

2 years ago a neighbour and I went along to a quilting class, mainly because it only cost five pounds, I was hooked. Above is the finished result of that class over 2 years later and yes I have made a mistake row 4 & 5 2nd blocks in, they shouldn't be together but hey ho! My mum said  I was odd because who wants to cut up a perfectly good piece of material and sew it back together again!!!!

This was my latest quilt, made for my mum who last year was seriously ill in hospital but still managed to pull through! She is one tough cookie. A Mariners compass quilt, my father was a seafarer and died many years ago, I thought this was appropriate and she loved it.

My eldest daughter has just bought a house with her boyfriend, they currently have no heating so for Christmas I made them both lap quilts. I loved doing this Crazy Quilt as it had embellishments, I had to dig to the depths of my brain for embroidery stitches and with a little bit of help from Craftsy and its online classes we succeeded. Along with some beads and buttons. I think next time I would actually do more embellishing as you can't really see it in this photo.

Finally a quilt for K's boyfriend, his occupation would explain to you why I chose these colours, but I am not prepared to say on the world wide web

So these are just a few things I have made, I have found my love of sewing again, this year I am going to have a go at making some clothes like I used to when my girls where little but this time for me!