Monday, 28 March 2011

Blossom, flowers and baby seedlets

Here is a small selection of the flowers in my garden.There are not many flowers growing out there at the moment, last year was a struggle to get out there and plant things so I have about 20 actual flowers... This little daffodil was very reluctant to hold her head up for the camera, so I held her neck straight so you can see her face...
This one is a little shy too, trying to hide behind another flowery thing. Some of my neighbours plants grow through and if they have nice flowers I let them stay, that way I get free flowers...





This is my "Kilmarnock willow" and it has had a growth spurt. There is a nice big bit growing up from the middle, I like it so it can stay there...





This little area is were most of our hamsters and rabbits are buried.

Lately Florrie caught a fish, it's a long story...anyway, that is buried there too....






This is a rubbish picture of my first seed growing, this one is a "paty pan squash"...







And this little fella is a beetroot... There is a tiny, tiny red thing, honest...




There are copious amounts of blossom growing on the trees at the bottom of the garden. They are plum trees and they over hang our garden from the alleyway at the end of the garden.

This one is desperate to get in the garden so is growing through the fence...





These next few photos are quite decent shots of "in focus" blossom..





With added blue sky on a sunny day...





I like blossom....





And the best till last, I like this picture the most...





And that's it, the blossom, flowers and baby seedlets from my scruffy garden :)


Sunday, 27 March 2011

A lazy day for pussy cats

Over the last couple of days the weather has been really lovely, the sun has been shining and it is the perfect weather for lounging in the garden. Penny took advantage of the sun and the free space on the bench, not to mention the baby blanket and decided to get comfy for the afternoon.. Penny has settled in really well, she sleeps, eats and plays with Charlie and Florrie like she has always been here. It is lovely to watch them doing the cat conga. They run around, one after the other in a train. You usually find that Florrie is the engine and Charlie and Penny are the carriages that hurtle along behind him. One minute later they come flying back the other way with Penny in the lead, closely followed by Florrie and Charlie is bringing up the rear...



Charlie likes good snooze in the garden. When the children are at school,

the house is quiet. The three puss cats can easily sleep all day.

When the children are home, you catch a nap when you can..






Sometimes Florrie takes more than his fair share of the bench...




But he looks so comfortable and relaxed, he just wants to s-t-r-e-t-c-h right out...





And it's just soooo tireing being a cat......






He can barely keep his eyes open....



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Friday, 25 March 2011

"Please can you trim my room?"

This is the request I had from Sam today, "Please can you trim my room?"

So naturally I replied "Why, is it too big?"

He said "No, all the things are growing too much and they need to be trimmed.."

So I said " What needs to be trimmed, you can't trim a room?"

He said "The things at the window, they are coming in and need to be trimmed..."

Now, Sam sometimes does not express himself very well, as a result this is a typical conversation. You have to imagine what he means and ask him to think about what he wants to say and be specific. like "The plant outside is growing through the window, it needs to be trimmed.." When you find out what he means it all makes sense, but it does take a while and you have to ask him questions, for example, What needs to be trimmed? Where is it? What is is doing? If all else fails, I just ask him to take me there and show me...

When I saw it was the Ivy growing in from next door I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use my new secateurs I bought from Asda for £2..






So here is a picture of after the trimming.....




And before, with the Ivy growing along the sill..





(Please don't look at my hideous fence, which I did not realise was that bad until just now)

After the trim...



And before...






After the trim....






And before. I can see why he wanted the ivy cut as when you open the window I tries to come in and is a bit spooky, like creeping triffids.....





Anyway, it's done now and all I have to do is collect all the triffid arms and legs from of the patio....
Before I go, here is a picture of my spinning windmill thing that is on the trampoline/greenhouse...
It's the little things :)





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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Feeling better

I am feeling a little better and am now able to walk without wanting to pass out with the pain in my legs and back... I am pacing myself and not doing too much in one day.

The sun has been shining and that really makes me feel better too. The blossom on the plum trees at the bottom of my garden are beautiful. Every time a bit of breeze gets up the blossom sails across the garden like confetti.





I have dug up the strawberry plants from the flower box down at the bottom of the garden. This year I want to do more up the top of the garden in raised pots or beds. That will save me bending too much and will make for more comfortable gardening.




They have had babies and so I now have about 18 strawberry plants instead of 12.

I wasn't even invited to the wedding....



Jim helped by bringing me the soil and the shingle from the bottom of the garden.



I managed to plant some seeds. So far I have planted yellow and red tomatoes, beetroot, cuecumbers and spring onions. There are lots more things to plant out but I am only doing a few things at a time as I cant stand for long without my legs going to sleep..






There are lots of little seed packages patiently waiting to be planted but there is plenty of time and I'm not going to rush it.


With Charlotte's help I moved the old greenhouse to the top of the garden. The cover was totally ruined and was shredded to bits by the wind and bad weather over the winter. So, putting my frugal hat on, I had to think of something I could use to protect the baby plantlets as they begin to grow. I had a rummage around in the shed and found the old trampoline net. I kept it tied up as I thought it would come in useful for something one day..






So we stretched it across the framework and tied it with the straps that were still on the net. It does the job and gives a nice amount of shade and is still allowing the air to circulate.



OK, so it's not very pretty but it is actually better than the old plastic cover it had before. Since this picture, I have added a brightly coloured spinning flower to the top :)






It took a few days to get this all done but I'm quite proud of it. I love spring and I am happy to be finally planting out things on the garden again. :)
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Thursday, 3 March 2011

I'm still here

I am still here but in a lot of pain, I am having another episode of sciatica and this time it is excruciating. I've never had it quite this bad. Tuesday I could not even walk and I have not moved far since. I'm on lots of medication and feel like death warmed up...joy :(

I will write again soon but I'm unable to sit upright for long without feeling like I want to pass out or be sick....joy, joy and thrice joy :(

Maybe when I'm doped up to the eyeballs I will write tomorrow... :)