Sunday, 8 January 2017

New Year Organiser

Having got my new calander for the year,


this got me thinking about my plans for the garden.
A week ago found me with camera wandering down the garden on a most glorious and frosty morning.



The TRex is going, I thought this was going to be more 'bush' like when in fact it is most definately


tree like and likely to hit enormous heights.  So it is going and is going to be replaced with...



a Chamaerops humilis, dug up from Kathryns garden. We where not going to leave it behind, it is very slow growing so hopefully will be happy for a very long time.


The Phormium, getting larger and larger every year, I expect it may flower one year! The Olive tree in its pot with its frost proection fleece and behind it the Arid bed..


The side bed, hopefully big changes to occur here this year. I had hoped that some of the larger shrubs would have been dug out and moved in the autumn, but the gardener was moving house, so had more important things on his mind! Hopefully this spring, then.


The lower garden.


The pond, looking very, very bare since we cleaned it out. Ever hopeful the neighbours will replace their fence. They promised too last year, we even said we would pay for the concete gravel boards to go at the base of the fence, baring in mind our garden is higher than theirs and it still didn't happen. The fence panel to the right of this pic is hanging off and I have had to put up chickenwire to keep Darcy in our garden and their dogs in theres!

Mean while in the greehouse all is well


a toasty 5C+




The weather is due to get colder the next week .....


but it is all looking good in here.



Getting ready for seed sowing


Under the cover of the arid bed



All is looking good.
I have the seed catalogues out and have already placed my first order, no doubt more orders to follow.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A Dog Walk Around the Village!

I decided to take a few pics of our 3.5 mile walk around our village, there are a number of working farms, so the roads are horrendously muddy and shitty too!!


Darcy loves this walk when its dry


Walking uptowards Heddington


Roundway Hill


Our own Meditation Temple



Darcy does everything not to walk in the running water down the side of the road!


Still going uphill


We have walked across the top of the village, turning down just before the church.



Passing the Village pub.



On down the hill we are now going through some of the muddiest parts of the village.


The hill to the right is called Kingsplay!


Coming back round into Stockley. Darcy is now trailing behind, he really hates wet and mud!




Coming to the home straight. I am now having to chivy Darcy along ....


More mud and puddles....


What is better than a bath after a long walk errrrr not, Darcy hates this,, but it is a regular occurence becuase this is what happens to a dog with short legs!


But then we have a grotty bath to clean out!!


Afterwards once he is towel dried


he goes mad running around downstairs, something he always does, I must try and get it on video one day!!!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

All Packed Away?

At my slimming club this morning I was asked, if  my garden was all packed away yet?

So I thought I would show you, my now very empty garden.

Hubby and I managed to get the last plants out of the ground on Saturday, just in time, as we started having quite white frosts that night.


Now it is empty and desolate. The Ricinus as you can see have finally succumbed, they where just starting to form seed pods too. Everything that is left is hardy so will remain until next year.

On the patio the TRex seems untouched by the frost


The same with the tree ferns,


The Arid bed all tucked up. My Olive tree, I have had this for years, I would really like to plant this in, but it is so small it would look silly. I suppose I could make a raised bed for it? Something to think about.


From the archway down to the greenhouse, all bare!


Had a fright Sunday night, when I went in and checked my thermometer and found it was -3C so set up and extra heater. That has obviously done the trick!!! 5C is as low as I like it to go.


So the Brugmansia are now in and will remain dry all winter. I had them planted in the garden this year, but they failed to flower , I will put them back into big pots next year.


The Ensetes (bananas) still upside down, I will turn them in a couple of weeks.


The cactus all seem happy.


Whats worrying me is how empty the greenhouse is? I have looked back over previous years and for some unknown reason, I have no pics of the winterized greenhouse.


Looking up the garden from the archeway! The hardy banana Musa Basjoo, will die right back then pop up again next year!!


So there you go, probably the last post for this year, I am already buying seeds ready for next year, just have to put them in a place I remember where they are!!!