Cottage Garden Inspiration

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

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?

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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!

 

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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

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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!

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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.

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{Review} White Company Herbal Candle

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.

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Now technically I should have used up my candle and grown some herbs in it by now. But frankly it’s got a really long burn time until the candle is finished (I’ve had it a good 2 months) and I’m not trashing a lovely candle until it’s lived it’s life out. However when it’s all used up and I’ve planted it I’ll pop some photos on here so you can see it. It’ll look lovely in my kitchen.

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Small Veggie Gardening

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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?

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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.

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What have you all got in your veggie patches this year?  What’s worked really well in them? I’m dying to try something new!

 


 

 

 

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March

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 later it’s working just fine and they cleaned it which was something I guess. But a very expensive mistake to make! That of course threw off work for 2 weeks and I’ve spent the rest of the time trying to catch up.

What else?

Well I turned 41 and Miss L turned 10, both of us had lovely birthdays. She designed her own birthday cupcakes and we all went to see ‘Wreck it Ralph’ and then a meal with her friends, which was actually a really chilled and easy kids party. We shall be doing it again.

We travelled down to Surrey to visit friends and had a great time, I really wish we lived closer.  We had a lovely day up on the Downs where I grew up as a kid and you can see all the Skyscrapers especially the new Shard in London from there now. London’s about 9 miles away and it’s amazing how the skyline has changed since I was little. Sadly I didn’t have my big camera with me, just my iPhone so I couldn’t get a shot of it, but next time I’m down I will.

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I’ve been clearing the garden of weeds and bloody Ivy – seriously it is the bane of my life. It’s everywhere and a nightmare to pull up/get rid of – so that’s an ongoing job and will be for sometime.  I had the apple tree trimmed back a bit, I think it might have been annoying the neighbours so they now have a lot more light and I’ll have less apples to clear up in the autumn. And I’ve started planting up spring pots, I think I might have left doing my sweet-peas a bit late, but we’re going to do those in the Easter Holidays I think now.

I treated myself to the New Girl box set for my birthday so I’ve been watching that a LOT. I’m  very much looking forward to the new series starting later this month.  It just makes me laugh so much.

I’m really looking forward to Monday when I’m going to the Ideal Home show for the first time thanks to B&Q asking me to go. I’ll take loads of photos and post them.  And then it’ll be the Easter holidays and 3 weeks off with my lovely daughter – here’s hoping the weather has picked up by then. I’m so fed up with being cold all the time!

I really hope you’re all well? What have you all been up to?

 

 

 

 

 

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Preparing for Spring

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…

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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 about putting them out too early, they end up blown down to the end of the garden – with the plants in them!  I can’t wait to get started!

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