Saturday, 17 March 2012

More views from my kitchen window sill

The warm weather we experienced at the beginning of the week has gone and it is now cool and cloudy. There has been a little rain but nowhere near as much as we need. I spent an hour in the garden this afternoon. Pruned the passion flower which grows by the small lean-to greenhouse on the patio and the two blackberries. One grows by the garden path and the other in the shaded area at the end of the garden. Tomorrow I hope to sow more seeds

Here is a picture taken one summer inside one of the greenhouses at the Chelsea Physic Garden

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Spring is here, the days are longer and everything is growing in my garden. I sowed seeds at the weekend - chili peppers, tomato, aubergine, cucumber and dark red hollyhocks. We visited  the Isle of Wight from Sunday to Tuesday. Walking along the coastal path from Shanklin to Lake we passed several lovely gardens. In one there was a selection of small plants for sale with a note asking for the money to be posted into the letter box. What a lovely way to share plants from a garden. I bought a cowslip, a blue summer flowerering iris and two digitalis obscura - the willow leafed or dusky foxglove.

I  bring my garden indoors with flowers and greenery sharing the kitchen window sill and worktops.

I always enjoy visiting the Derrys Field Allotments in Woking. Here are some pictures of their Open Day.

Saturday, 10 March 2012


Its a long time since I last published a post. This has been due to the birth of a new grandson and spending more time on my other hobbies - a book group, sewing and knitting, making jewellery and cards and also researching family history. We had a mild winter until the New Year but have had several very cold spells recently. Spring is definitely here now and gardens are looking colourful again and I am starting to think about sowing seeds, planting new plants and visiting other gardens.
You might like to see some pictures of flowers I grew last summer - ladybird poppies, zinnias, pot marigolds, cosmos  ...

One of the gardens I visit frequently is Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight.

Passion flower at Ventnor Botanic Garden November 2011