Gardening


Cottage Garden Inspiration 6

My Dad took some pictures of my parent’s garden this week and it’s absolutely glorious! So I thought I’d share them with you, in case they give you any planting inspiration for your own cottage gardens?      

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May Garden 3

May is I think my favourite time in my garden. The Clematis and Lilacs are out, peonies just about to bloom and roses just budding.  This is my front hedge, which has taken years to be full of clematis, roses and lilacs. Clematis’s scrambled up the trees in the back garden. Apple blossom in the sunlight New lavender’s and sweetpeas ready to go in the ground.   What’s your favourite month in the garden?


Peonies from the Cutting Garden 6

It’s peony season! If you have a spare spot in your garden or on your patio, plant a peony you’ll never regret it. They are dead easy to grow, pop them in full sun or partial shade and then just leave them alone and they get bigger every year. If they are in pots make sure you give them a fair amount of water. Mine are just coming into flower, they’re a little bit in the shade so they take longer to bloom. However my Mum dropped these over from her cutting garden and they are just glorious! Thanks Mum!  

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A little pot of Spring 3

My parents dropped over an early birthday present yesterday, in the form of two sweet little pots planted up for spring. They are so cute and full of spring bulbs and in my favourite colours. I love them! Thanks Mum & Dad xxxx


Planning the Veggie Patch 6

I was watching The Great British Garden Revival last week and got inspired by the kitchen gardens they were showing. I felt bad as  I didn’t do much with the veggie patch last year,  so this year I’m planning ahead and I’m going to do more in the beds themselves and in patio pots. So I’ve been having a think about what we eat the most of: New Potatoes Carrots Salad Tomatoes Raspberries Strawberries Blueberries Sweetcorn Squash Herbs Pears Apples I think I’m going to do a mixture of seeds and plug plants, my sweetcorn plants never seem to turn out well if I set them from seed for some reason. Maybe it’s the windy Fens? I also want to […]


Lavenham 8

On Saturday we did a day trip over to the village of Lavenham in Suffolk. It’s one those almost untouched English villages which is full of Tudor and Medieval buildings with just a few Victorian and Edwardian thrown in for good measure. It’s set in rolling farm land which at the moment has ripe corn in, so was just beautiful and glowing. I could have wandered around for hours taking photos it’s so pretty, but strangely my family weren’t up for that. I was dragged to the quaint shops and then for a really delicious ice cream – hard life! I love how the residents had planted their gardens, pots well pretty much anywhere you can put a plant to […]

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{Review} White Company Herbal Candle 4

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but one of my favourite companies sent me a candle to review.  I love White Company stuff, and my Mum generally gets me something nice for Christmas from them, so I was thrilled to try out one of their new candle range. It’s a herbal smelling candle, I received ‘Fresh Thyme’ and it smells gorgeous, I can smell some lavender and other herby smells in with it too.  The idea behind it is a ‘two in one’ use/present. To have your lush candle and then when it’s finished the ceramic container can be used to grow herbs in. Now technically I should have used up my candle and grown some herbs […]


Small Veggie Gardening 5

Just started on the veggie patch this year and I’ve put some pots by the back door for herbs and fresh lettuce.  I could put them in the raised bed but they are too far from the kitchen then and it’s much easier to have them to hand.  I think I’m going to do rosemary, basil and maybe mint this year? In Miss L’s Veggie patch we have: Raspberries, Strawberries and Lillies and Dahlia’s for cut flowers for her room.  In mine: Peas and Swiss Chard so far. I’m also going to put in some carrots again and spinach, they both worked well last year. What have you all got in your veggie patches this year?  What’s worked really well in […]

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March 4

Ok not entirely sure where the last month has gone?  It’s been thankfully a busy time at Violet Posy Design and I’ve been trying to cram in lots of work before my deadline of March 22nd rolls around and I have to finish work for the Easter Holidays.  Eek! I’m nearly there but it’s going to be close! What’s been happening since last I wrote back in early Feb? For a good 2 weeks I didn’t have my Macbook at all, I managed to drop it and break the screen. I felt like such an idiot, I meant to put it on the windowsill and just utterly missed and it crashed to the floor cracking the screen! £300 repair bill […]


Preparing for Spring 5

The sunshine got me in the mood for spring! I know there is more bad weather on the way, but I couldn’t resist buying a few spring plants to brighten up my otherwise brown and dead looking front garden.  I went with a white theme, primroses, pansies, tulips and daffodils so they’d stand out and they’ll go with the green fencing that is about 30% painted! Just a wee bit more to do… And then I popped to Wilkinson’s to pick up some cheap seeds to fill the massive gaps we have in our flower beds, when the winds drop down from gale force I’ll pick myself up a little plastic greenhouse to grow them in. I learnt the hardway […]

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