Peonies from the Cutting Garden

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!

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Thanks Mum!

 

A little pot of Spring

My parents dropped over an early birthday present yesterday, in the form of two sweet little pots planted up for spring.

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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

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.

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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

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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 plant a small amount of fruit trees down the end of the garden too, now I know they aren’t going to build lots of houses right up against my garden fence. I’d love some more apple trees and pear would be great too.

First off I need to clear out the raised beds and the de-ivy the flower beds , there is ivy all over the place! It’s going to be a nightmare getting it out of the beds, it’s also gone all over the apple tree. My fault I ignored it last winter and then when it got to spring it made me ill when I tried to get rid of it.  So maybe a little removal every day is the way forward, rather than going mad and getting bored with doing it?

Do any of you have any good recommendations for good online plant or seed stores? I’d love to try some heritage varieties this year too and see how they do, but I don’t know where to start looking.  All suggestions welcome!

Lavenham

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.

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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!

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I love how the residents had planted their gardens, pots well pretty much anywhere you can put a plant to set off the buildings which are really colourful. Quite a lot of the houses were entirely white washed including the black beams. But I’m guessing that is probably more traditional than the look we associate with Tudor buildings.

The bright yellow building in the very top photo above is a museum but we got there too late to go round it. But what a spectacular looking building!

Hoping to go back again soon, I think there were some cream teas I missed out on.