Friday, 23 July 2010

Lots Of Garden Pics!

Preparations continue apace for the party, the inside of the house isn't looking to bad, I just need to start again outside as somebody made it rain and the weeds have grown again!!!!

A huge dragonfly on the caster oil plant outside my back door.

This poor Hibiscus, is so badly neglected, I forget to water it, so it wilts then I water it and so goes the vicious circle. But it did get a handful of chicken pellets in the spring and it is now covered in buds.

One of my many brugmansia, flowering away merrily.

New tree fern, which will be moved to the heated greenhouse in the winter.

Foxglove tree, as you can see it has grown more.

Agapanthus, which I had forgotten I had planted.

Across the coal bunkers, where all my succulents are.

View down the veg section, look how well the Indian Bean tree has done this year, it is far better here.

View up the patio, I think this shows how big the banana on the left has now got.

New hardy banana.

Peas, lots and lots of peas, these are a heritage type and I seed save every year, they reach over 6ft.

Petit Pain

Courgette and a marrow, I know, I should have picked it.

Gem Squash, hubby introduced me to these and I have grown them for about 3 years, they are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tasty.

There is a pond in there somewhere.

The banana growing back.

In the large greenhouse

and the small one.

Tomatoes, Sungold, extremely yummy!

Baby Cucumbers,

From the greenhouse looking up the garden

and of course, my friend goes with me everywhere!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Operation and Preperations

Op was last Monday and has so far proved to be very successful. Totally different to last time, when my knee was double its current size and I needed 2 sticks to get about plus 12 sessions of physio! This time it is only slightly swollen, and I can do everything without any sticks and the physio reckons we will only need 3 sessions!

On the downside, because everything is so good I am having to be doubly careful not to overdo it!!

The house is more or less organised for hubsters party at the end of the month, I have stripped all the wood up the stairs, the front door and architrave and also the original exterior door frame of the front door. In particular, this wood, bearing in mind it must be about 150+ years old, has now been oiled and looks amazing, I am thrilled.

A new floor covering in both the downstairs loo and bathroom. Monday all the carpets get cleaned and also sometime in the next 2 weeks the oven will get done, (conveniently) I am not allowed to kneel!!!!

The garden is also coming on a pace this was it a month ago.

We have had very little rain till this week, when it has poured. Now as you can, see the plants growing!

I have planted the jungle area totally differently to how I have done it in the past and at first I wondered whether it was going to look as good, but since the rain, I think it will be fine!

My little friend has been rather poorly recently, he picked up kennel cough from somewhere, poor chap has been feeling sad for himself. He takes his tablets as if they where sweeties!! He is also currently not eating properly and is eating only half (if that) of what he is supposed to be having. The vets is having an open day tomorrow, where you can go along and talk to the specialists, etc. so we are going as they also have a photographer there and I would really like a super pic of him!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

Sorry for the lack of posts, life has been exceedingly hectic.

Hubby is being made redundant, which he is thrilled about and has decided to throw a party at the end of the month, which requires an awful lot of work on my part to get the house and garden up to scratch all before Monday as I have to go into hospital for a second op on my knee, as it appears I now have a cyst, plus the specialist reckons the cartiledge has deteriorated further and he does not understand why so wants to take a look.

On the plus side T has passed her Art Foundation Degree, which we are all thrilled to bits about. Now begins the hard slog of finding some work as she does not want to go to Uni!

Hope you are all ok, will try and catch up next week when I am 'resting' lol!!!!!