Sweet pea show: exhibition at the farm

Sweet peas are nostalgic flowers and a cottage garden favourite. I am sure many of you have memories of your grandmother or mother growing sweet peas. The fragrance of these delicate blooms will bring you right back to the garden of your childhood. Continue reading Sweet pea show: exhibition at the farm

What’s blooming in the garden: June 2017

One of my sons told me I should update my blog more often.

14 years old.

I told him he was right, of course. I didn’t want to ruin a good mother-son conversation.

But I could have told him I would have more time to blog if I didn’t have to help him learn his French words or Latin grammar. It’s that time of year again. The end of the school year and the end of year exams.

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What’s blooming in the garden: June 2016

As I am writing this it is dark and it is raining. It has been raining for days which is in a way a good thing. Plants and gardens need the rain. But people don’t. I need sunshine and happy days!

At the moment, I am not a happy gardener. We are renovating our garden terrace so our back garden looks a mess. The seedlings I planted out have all been eaten by slugs. It’s not the end of the world, but it is frustrating!

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Sweet pea love

I love flowers but I never grew my own flowers. Having a small garden and four little boys who wanted to play in that garden definitely had something to do with it. But then we moved to a new house with trees in the garden for the boys to climb in, a dream come true.

The house used to belong to an old lady and the garden was rather neglected. With moving house for the second time in one year and still a lot of painting to do, you can imagine gardening wasn’t the first thing on my mind.

Starting sweet pea seeds the easy way. All you need are an empty cardboard egg carton, soil, seeds and a plastic bag. Put the egg carton on your windowsill.

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