We live in a higgledy piggledy Victorian cottage. It’s not one of those beautiful chocolate-box, Lark Rise to Candleford type cottages; rather it’s a bit run down and quirky but we love it. One of the things I’m trying to cultivate is a real cottage garden feel.
We have had to re-do the entire garden since we moved in ten years ago. The ground was uneven and full of nettles..then we had a Japanese knotweed breakout from the road adjacent to us. It just wasn’t a family friendly space…and because my children were so little, free time to work in the garden was very limited.
Now they are older and can join in and help more, as well be more self-sufficient whilst my husband and I roll up our sleeves and get stuck in, we are beginning to see the more established plants fill out into lovely, eclectic cottage-garden type borders. There’s a way to go, but I love this border especially…
As I was getting close to writing this post, I was worried I wouldn’t have much to add since last week…well how wrong can a girl be? At this time of year plants and flowers are emerging daily – hourly in fact. The other morning I was pootling in the veg patch and spotted three pea shoots had emerged. That evening as I was putting tools away, there were six!
Here are some of my favourites from this week in the garden:
LONDON PRIDE ~ THE TINIEST, CUTEST FLOWER
I’VE NO IDEA WHAT THIS IS BUT I LOVE IT! IT WAS HIDING IN THE NORTH FACING FRONT GARDEN!
CARROT SEEDLINGS WITH *PROPER* CARROT LEAVES NOW ~ TOO EXCITING
A FAIRY RING OF SUMMER BULBS AMONGST THE MAPLE BLOSSOM CONFETTI
(I planted a whole host of summer bulbs around the garden, and thought to myself, ‘I won’t need to write down what I’ve put where, I’ll remember’….guess who forgot? No idea what these will be, but I look forward to seeing them blossom.)
ACER GOLDEN SUNRISE
You may remember last week’s stunning photo of this beauty? The leaves are really softening and greening up now. It might have lost some of the ‘wow’ impact but it’s still a firm favourite. And on the subject of acers…well after our tipsy ordering of plants online a few weeks ago, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more plants for now…then I saw these:
THIS ONE IS CALLED LITTLE PRINCESS – LOVE THE PINK EDGING, REMINDS ME OF MY LITTLE PRINCESS SO I WOULD HAVE BEEN A BAD MOTHER NOT TO GET IT, RIGHT? OR THESE TWO:
(I think I am to acers what you are to hydrangeas, Annie!)
I loved Gemma’s post last week on creepy crawlies in the garden. I managed to snap the first of this season’s bee photos in my garden:
As usual I’m sharing this with other green-fingered lovelies at the beautiful Fable & Folk’s How does your garden grow?