Thursday, 23 April 2009

My little piece of England


Yes! Welcome to my garden!


I almost live in the woods!


Here's the view from my greenhouse at 9am this morning:


I walked around with my camera... but sadly that can't transmit the bird song, which was most beautiful today.

I have a couple of old Butler's sinks,which are looking good right now.


Am I imagining this or are Cowslips so lovely this year?
Mine seem to be thriving...

Having said that, everything seems to be thriving this year, doesn't it? And the blossoms are beautiful...stunning in fact!
(My header pic is at Rosemoor...not my garden!)





At the bottom of the garden,I've planted up my old banana box...


and my dad's old metal trunk ...



You might just be able to spot them if you look hard enough!

One of my fave places for sitting and contemplating.


And looking back at my little piece of England.


Sweet peas..a dwarf variety in my old wooden barrow...



The Virginia Creeper is starting to give the shed its new coat...


Babies already?


You just can't beat it.

17 comments:

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

Oh Sal..........Your garden is really lovely. I've never been much of a gardener but when I bought this house 4 years ago I inherited a garden that was landscaped by someone who really knew their stuff. I can't believe how easy it is to care for because someone else did all the spadework. (No pun intended!)

LissyLou said...

Such a pretty garden Sal. Love the butler sink and wheel barrow! x

Floss said...

It's all looking beautiful Sal. I like the wooden and metal chest planters - a really good idea. My friends out here who have gardens which back onto the woods have to watch out for wild boars!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Thank your for the lovely walk through your garden. Beautiful!

Tea with Willow said...

What a beautiful garden Sal ... I can just imagine how peaceful it was first thing this morning! I love all your different containers - especially the banana box and the metal trunk!

Willow x

galant said...

Ooh, what a delightful garden ... this is just my kind of garden! We have been to St Marychurch & Babbacombe again today and on the spur of the moment, nipped into Otter Nurseries at Babbacombe and lo! and behold, they had Devon Dumpling fuchsias! Now, I've never grown fuchsias before and intend to plant them in dark blue pots, but I've heard that the blooms are often very heavy and are liable to snap off, or weaken the thin stems of the plants ... have you found this, Sal, and if so, how have you dealt with it? Do you prop 'em up with cut-down canes, or what?
They also had single-colour antirrhinums, i.e. one colour per tray, rather than mixed colours (I don't like mixed colours, giving what I refer to as the Smartie effect in the garden!) so I managed to find scarlet. I really would have preferred creamy white and that pale shell pink, but they only had scarlet, a rather nasty dirty-looking yellow, and bronze, and I know that scarlet, whilst harsh in some schemes, looks good against a backdrop of dark green shrubs. Well, that's the plan ...
By the way, we have an suburaban garden and we've been visited by badgers that have dug up the front grass ... has anyone else had these nocturnal visitors?
Margaret P

Debbie said...

Beautiful garden Sal ... I love to plant up old things and have an ancient wheelbarrow, old tin mop bucket and several old galvanised and enamel buckets.

sue15cat said...

What a gorgeous garden and I LOVE the banana box idea. Brilliant, thank you for the tour, makes our place look like a wilderness.

Sue xx

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely garden, Sal. There is a deep pink pansy in on of the photographs. It has an angry expression on its little face! For a moment I thought the baby robins were real.

twiggypeasticks said...

Lovely Sal, it's great to have your little piece of England. Our cowslips and primroses are lovely this year too.
twiggy x

Josie-Mary said...

Lovely garden Sal, it must take a lot of work to get it looking that good :) x

the homely year said...

What a gorgeous garden. I love the way you've used all kinds of things as planters...very inventive. It looks really peaceful, a lovely place to sit and contemplate.
Margaret and Noreen

Menopausal musing said...

Second attempt at posting a comment...... sigh........
Lovely garden Sal, I just wanted to say what an amazing spring this is, isn't it? I have never known birdsong like it. We are on half an acre and although it is hard work, it is throwing such lovely things at us at the moment. I have serious cowslip envy. I also took my camera out yesterday to try and catch a picture of a bluetit with nesting material in its mouth. Unfortunately our cat decided to be amiable and join me, so I had to give up in order to leave the birds in peace. Lovely post. x

KC'sCourt! said...

What a beatiful place.........can I come and play in your garden;)

MaryPoppins said...

Ohooo how divine, what a beautiful garden lucky you :)

Glad you like my skip finds

Have a lovely weekend

X

Carol said...

Oh Sal what a wonderful garden, so green.
I love all your little planters, very inventive!
I would like a nice butler sink to plant up.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Carol x

skippinginthemeadow said...

Lucky, lucky you
Your garden is gorgeous and in such a magical location, I would love to love close to woodland.
I have a ceramic sink in my garden too. It is a bit neglected with only a straggly campanula in it. I feel inspired to give it a makeover now.
The sun is blazing here today.
Hope you have some your way and that you have a locvley day
x
sumea