Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Toby Buckland's Garden Festival ;-)

On Saturday, we made our way to Powderham Castle for the, 

'Toby Buckland Garden Festival.'

'Could there be a better and more stunning setting for a Garden Festival?'

I asked myself as I made my way to the castle.

The weather forecast was promising ; although you never can tell when it's

 a bank holiday weekend in Devon!

A very fine greeting awaited us at the castle gate and we were raring and ready to go!

After a visit to the refreshments tent, (not that our appetites really needed to be whet!) 

we made our way to the speakers tent, where Toby introduced 

Joe Swift, the famous garden designer.

He was talking on the theme of, ' BIG ideas for small gardens'

and I really enjoyed listening to his amusing talk.

He certainly made me think (and question) what I'm

 doing in my own garden. Lots of food for thought!

And talking of food...

If you're peckish then there are plenty of places to grab a snack or a drink

in between your browsing.

After this,  it was the grand wander. 

This festival gets bigger each year and there is such variety on offer.

Naturally, I always 'home in' on the vintage displays!

Old tools always make me wonder. 

For instance, who used them? 

Where have they been? What sort of life have they had?

If only their prongs, tines, blades, etc, could talk!

What a tale could be told, I'm sure.

I loved this mahogany ladder!

Paint it ? Oh my word...NO!! ;-)

A very fine day was had by all and next year's date is already

 firmly 'planted' in my diary!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Happy Weekend!

It's been a wet day here in sunny South Devon.

(But the garden needs it!)

So what to do?

Well, we nipped up the road to a place called 'Plants Galore'.

I have to admit that it's not my favourite place; I try to like it but I fail, miserably!

I yearn for the old fashioned nurseries of yesterday!

I don't even like the modern garden centres,

 that pack in all things that are in no way connected with gardening!

'Plants Galore', does however stick to plants and garden sundries

and it's a 'stone's throw', so I've made my yearly

visit and that's it!

I came home with some very tasty Primula, which needed

instant re-potting... as they were bursting out of their pots

not to mention dry as a bone!

But they look good now!

And I have to admit that they look to be strong and healthy.

 I also grabbed two Lewisia. 

Now then, here's an interesting fact:

These delightful plants are named after  Meriwether Lewis

of 'Lewis and Clark' fame.

I  actually didn't know this... but I have a very able and knowledgeable 

gardening mate who is also nosing in books to find out more!


This tray of jolly Pansies also came back down the hill

with me;  I cannot resist Pansies, their merry faces cheer me, no end,

as do these old mugs, which have seen better days but

I think are rather lovely to be homes to two of my plants.

I am really loving the garden this April! ;-)

I'm now settling down to watch my favourite programme of the week,

Gardeners' World.

Happy weekend, to you all!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

What's occurring?!!;-)

T'is time to take a look at the greenhouse area and see what's occurring!!

I've been especially pleased with my old sinks, sited just outside the greenhouse,

which contain Lavender, Cowslips, Pansies and Anemone Blanda.

I have to admit that in my many years of gardening, I've never grown Comfrey from seed!

Until now, that is!! Germination!

Excitement reigns!!

Excitement reigns all over the greenhouse, actually!!

I have Fuchsias, Antirrhinums, Primula...

Sweet peas, Zinnia, Cosmos, Geraniums, Pansies...

To name but a few!

In the ground, I have Sunflowers (Tall and not so tall), Pot Marigolds

...and more Sweet Peas ( climbers and not so climbing!) 


And I've plenty of summer flowering bulbs yet to plant...these were all

presents to me and I'm looking forward to seeing the end results

come the summer !

Meanwhile,  just below the greenhouse, this little bank of Polyanthus

 and Primroses, always brings a smile to my face!

My personal preference is the old fashioned primrose...I love it.

Down near the wild bank, I have a newly cleared area to garden this year; 

it's not very big but it's big enough to grow Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Marigolds 

(The English pot variety, naturally!)

as well as some Hellebore, which should look 

lovely come next winter.

I've also left a space for some Rhubarb crowns!

I love our wild bank at this time of year ! 

It's all neat and tidy; just waiting patiently to spring into action!

I have a wealth of wild flower plants all coming along quite nicely and

 in no time at all they will be ready to make that journey down the garden

... to their new home on the bank!

Hopefully, the bees and butterflies will love this!

And, talking of banks... the old bank, running along our boundary, is covered in


In Nich's old plot, I have the healthiest looking Foxgloves...

And when I'm not around to oversee things, there's my trusty aid...

It's April and I'm well on top of things and loving the garden

and what it has to offer.

Not forgetting the potting shed where there is always plenty to do!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Going undercover!

Last weekend, I moved my potting area to an undercover part of our garden.

Goodness knows why I hadn't thought of doing this before as now I can pot

to my heart's content, even when it's raining.

 I have oodles of room in which to work and not to mention all of this

 trellis on which to hang garden bits and pieces!

It's fab! ;-)

I have this passion for all things vintage and nothing excites me more than

a row of well used, old tools and the thought of what they

have been up to during their previous lives in the great British outdoors.

Not to mention old clay pots...

...and ladders...

My favourite, trusty, old ladders don't let me down and I have the perfect space for these.

I've potted up some Primula cuttings, which will hopefully do well

in this protected area.

And I've sown Nasturtiums so that they will trail down the ladders.

I'm on a bee and butterfly attracting mission

and I've re-potted numerous herbs which

survived our very harsh winter (not!)...LOL!

 Dwarf sweet peas have been planted here and there...

(not forgetting the climbing ones which have also been planted)

But one of my favourites just has to be the Cowslip.

And this combines very nicely with the pinky purples

elsewhere in the garden.

 In this bed I have foxgloves, pink polyanthus and Hellebores 

( which are for next year's flowering).

And my next job is to clean out this container pond.

  I have sown all sorts of things in tins.

And I'm waiting to see if the Lewisis, planted last year, has survived in this bed.

Seeds to the left have been planted...seeds to the right still to be done!

I'm happy!

And so, to finish off, a poem:

'In the Spring Garden'

In the spring garden
Birds sing and chatter
While flowers raise their heads
To greet the morning sun
A garden filled with colour bright
A garden which now fills with life
The bee and the butterfly hover
From flower to flower gathering nectar
Seeding the flowers blossom
Throughout the spring garden
The dew glistens upon the grass
While the wind gently rolls in the tree
All the world slowly waking
Soon to this bounty of great beauty
Every hue from natures pallet
Is here free for all to see
In the spring garden